SINP’A /_| docu
How did the collective .DENCUENTRO arrive at the various scenes of its play SINP’A? How were these created? Where was the movement material taken from? What were the events and experiences behind it? What were the emotions, ideas and views behind it? What do the three choreographers and their team as well as the people they met in the course of the process – both in Bolivia and in Germany – understand by “documentation with the body”? How did they deal with the differences in world view between cultures? Where do they position themselves within these?
In order to research SINP’A, over the years the performers twice spent several weeks deep in the Bolivian Andes. The bodies of these trained dancers documented what they experienced there, in order to develop and perform it on stage. During the course of two years’ research, a large amount of photo, video and audio material was generated about their experiences with the mountains and the people of Bolivia, but also about their work in the studio and on stage. The collective’s project provides a platform for discussions and exchanges of view with sociologists, anthropologists, artists and villagers who practice tinku rituals.
In addition to the stage play SINP’A, the documentary material that was accumulated has also led to an audio-visual lecture-performance that is live streamed for both German- and Spanish-speaking audiences. This additional stage of the project was devised in response to the overwhelming interest from the audience to take a deeper look at the processes around and behind SINP’A.
As well as an in-depth view of the artistic work in developing the piece, it also reflects the diversity of attitudes, viewpoints, values and activities of the different worlds and people that .Decuentro encountered in the course of their work. The fruitful process of questioning one’s own identity by challenging it with a variety of world views is in turn extended by .Dencuentro to include their audience. As a result, their live-streamed workshop can be seen as a bridge-building exercise and a challenge directed towards two audience communities from different cultural worlds.