Sedimento:


Ensayos de cuerpo y memoria

Diseño/ Poster Design: Cristóbal Racordon

Relacionado: Laboratorio Sedimento

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Sedimento: Ensayos de cuerpo y memoria

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Basada en el cuerpo y el movimiento (tanto escénico como social), Sedimento, ensayos de cuerpo y memoria es una obra interdisciplinar e iniciativa de investigación que aborda perspectivas vinculadas a la democracia y los procesos sociales y políticos en Chile. El proyecto integra performance y danza e investiga las secuelas del dominio autoritario junto con cuestiones actuales de la democracia y el tejido social, los sueños y la creación de significado en el terreno complejo del Chile actual. Nuestro trabajo implica generar conexiones históricas y actuales a través del cuerpo, el diálogo y la improvisación, e indagar sobre el papel del cuerpo en los procesos de memoria y justicia, tanto formales como informales.


Sedimento surgió de una serie de entrevistas personales entre miembros del colectivo Sedimento durante el período previo al plebiscito constitucional de 2022, y el proyecto tiene su origen en reflexiones e investigaciones sobre los procesos políticos y democráticos de Chile. Sedimento investiga las vivencias personales, familiares y colectivas en Chile a lo largo de los últimos 50 años, y sus repercusiones en la imaginación y subconsciente, tanto individual como colectivo. Tanto la obra como nuestros talleres y demás actividades culturales y pedagógicas se tratan de una propuesta colectiva e intergeneracional de carácter escénico, con elementos de la escritura, el dibujo, la dramaturgia, la improvisación y la danza contacto improvisación

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Obra actualmente en proceso. Vé abajo para fotos y video de la apertura del proceso en julio.

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Related: Sediment Laboratory

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Sediment: Studies in Movement and Memory

At a complex crossroads in Chilean and US history, amid challenges to democratic governance both nationally and internationally, how do we think about community and the relationship of democracy to social fabric? What is the role of the body in developing that relationship and engagement? The multidisciplinary performance work Sedimento (Sediment) investigates these wider questions of international resonance from a highly local, physical, and site-specific lens: the wishes, lies, dreams and lived experiences of intergenerational artists and activists from the port city of Valparaíso, Chile. Grounded in the body, both individual and collective, Sedimento examines aftermaths of authoritarian rule and current questions of democratic process/ social fabric, dreams and meaning-making in current-day Chile. The interdisciplinary performance work integrates dance, text, sound, gesture, installation and play with objects of meaning to generate historical and current connection-making. In live performance, Sedimento opens a comparative lens for reflection on related issues of power, authoritarianism, imagination and democracy in the US and elsewhere.    

Background, methodology and context:
The work’s highly collaborative, horizontal, and intergenerational research and performance emerged from a series of personal interviews between members of the collective during the period leading up to Chile’s 2022 Constitutional plebiscite. The project has its origins in research and reflections on political and democratic processes in South Africa, Spain, Chile and the US, and investigates personal, familial and collective experiences over the last 50 years in Chile. Using the body as raw material, Sedimento examines the repercussions and accumulation of these events on the individual and collective imagination and subconscious, and their implication in questions of futuring or worlding: the process of actively creating the world in which you want to live. Integrating oral history with the more abstract language of dreams, interspersed with contact improvisation-based physical and verbal dialogue, the work also features real-time sound composition by experimental percussion legend Lukax Santana. Installation and play with objects as containers of memory and association also form an important part of our process, letting their personal and everyday meanings make way for new and surprising representations, actions and imaginaries. 

A note about community, democracy and social fabric:
During the 2019 protests known as the estallido social, Chileans began redeveloping popular community engagement initiatives of mutual aid and community support, such as ollas comunes (communal food centers), and medical care groups for people injured by the police. Simultaneously, and with an eye toward the proposed Constitutional process on the horizon, citizens began organizing and self-convening town halls, discussions and assemblies that would serve to rethink and imagine out the country we wanted to build. Our engagement with community in Sedimento is a deeply embodied processing of lived experience, research and transference of these community-based technologies, which continue to inspire us in the creation of this work.

What role does the body play in developing and understanding community and mutual support? Sedimento uses movement and the body to investigate and imagine out larger questions of democracy, empathy, community and social fabric, examining how they exist in the public sphere through the associations, care and connections we create with one another through our bodies.

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Work currently in progress. See below for photos and video from our preliminary research showing in July.

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Vídeos

Camera: Felipe Diaz Galarce

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Camera: Felipe Diaz Galarce

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Camera: Felipe Diaz Galarce

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Colaboran/ Support:

Proyecto ganador del Fondo para artistas y creativos de la Fundación participación comunitaria. Agradecimientos profundos también a Karen Davidov y la Fundación familiar de Alvin y Louise Myerberg, quienes han apoyado generosamente a la investigación y desarrollo de la obra.

Winner of the 2024 Artists and Creatives Grant from the Community Engagement Foundation. Deep thanks as well to Karen Davidov and the Alvin and Louise Myerberg Family Foundation for their generous support of this work in its research and development.

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Agradecimientos/ Acknowledgements:

Agradecimientos a Rocío Rivera Marchevsky, coreógrafa, diseñadora y activista porteña, con quien intercambiamos sobre la conexión entre el tejido social y los tejidos fasciales, y que ayudó a forjar el proyecto durante las fases gestativas del proyecto.

English:

Shoutouts and thanks to Rocío Rivera Marchevsky, Valparaíso choreographer, designer and activist, who collaborated and helped shape the project at a critical stage in its early development, and with whom we exchanged about the connection between social fabric and fascial tissue.

Sedimento: ensayos de cuerpo y memoria | 2023 | Projects