I am excited to be collaborating with Colectivo AM (Mexico City) and LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) on “La Pista de Baile.” Below is the description of the event:
La Pista de Baile by Colectivo AM
Gallery hours from January 10-20, 2018
As part of the Getty initiative PST:LA/LA, LACE presents La Pista de Baile, a participatory performance by Colectivo AM. This project reflects and rethinks how community relationships are articulated in Los Angeles by connecting communities in one collective performance. La Pista de Baile, a public invitation to dance together with local DJs, shortens geographical and cultural distances between participants. In the week before the performance, Colectivo AM will document dance steps across LA using a portable photo booth to add to the Banco Universal de Pasos, with a Living Research Station displaying the findings in LACE’s storefront. The completed Banco will be presented at the final performance.
La Pista de Baile will address the question of how to create community relationships that can evolve into political actions. Intended not only for mature and specialist audiences but embracing popular culture, the project will encourage a wide range of participatory and diverse publics. Colectivo AM has researched choreographic phenomena that emerge from everyday life, far from the art world, from viral videos to protests. Colectivo AM’s explorations hold the highest potential for radicalizing choreographic practice.
In collaboration with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, Kaos Network, Southern California Library, Hollywood and Boyle Heights Farmer’s Market, Dublab, Bedrock, Surface Productions, and more.
The Colectivo AM was born at the end of 2010, after a funeral service taking place in the Teatro de la Danza, in Mexico City, during the closing stage of the choreographic project Sala Tomada. The current members of this collective are choreography and live arts related artists, passionated about history, advocates for reflection and for self criticism. Though various nationalities gather here, all of them are mostly based and developing their work in Mexico City. Every member has their own artistic project (be it choreographic, performative, theoretical) but in AM they have found a platform for exchange and negotiation, for sharing processes, questioning methods, comparing results, proposing academic activities, and eventually, for working collectively around performance projects.
Since 2010, the Colectivo has carried out the following choreographic projects: El cuerpo como centro, a choreography/politics issue for Tierra Adentro Magazine, curated by Leonor Maldonado and written by members of the collective (2016). Antes de la Playa está el Mar (Before the beach, there is the sea) (Centre for Digital Culture, Mexico City 2015), La Pista de Baile The Dance Floor and Banco Universal de Pasos Universal Steps Bank (Cuernavaca, Mexico April 2014), thought and produced specifically for Between Utopia and Disenchantment, curated by Sofía Olascoaga; a book edited and published by the MUAC (Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of Mexico), coordinated by Alejandra Labastida; a multiple project including workshops and performances around Mexico and in Spain and NY, and the making of the piece Reef: Archive, body and language (August 2013), a choreographic exhibition for the MUAC; Roadbook, a choreographic cookbook (2013) a book on choreographic processes funded by PADID (part of the National Centre for the Arts) and published with the support of EPRODANZA; 1940 La Coronela (2012), a choreographic documentary on Mexican Modern Dance performed in Reposiciones in 2012 at the Teatro El Milagro, and at CICO and the University of Sonora in 2013, a lecture performance on the history of dance with a de-colonialist turn, performed in Reposiciones 2011, Choreographic gazes at the National University, Uva Tlatelolco (Mexico 2012), CICO (2013) and the 4×4 International Festival in Xalapa (2013).
Current Members Esthel Vogrig, Alma Quintana, Anabella Pareja , Nadia Lartigue Zaslavsky, Bárbara Foulkes, Leonor Maldonado, Juan Francisco Maldonado, Nuria Fragoso, Jésica Elizondo, Aníbal Conde, Magdalena Leite and Zulai Macías.
Presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, organized by REDCAT and supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is an initiative of the Getty.