The Hamburg-based, Mexican choreographer Yolanda Morales takes a current moment in Mexican historiography as an occasion for her dance production entitled »Horses«.
Around 500 years ago, the country was conquered by the Conquista, and simultaneously, the liberation from the Spanish colonists around 200 years ago is celebrated. In pre-colonial Mexico, there were no horses, and the animals with the riders sitting high upon them terrified the indigenous population. Even today, equestrian statues, as patriarchal symbols of power, characterize urban space, not only in Mexican cities.
On stage, eight dancers and one musician tell a different story. The choreography and electronic sounds meet an expansive light projection and create imaginary landscapes and narratives. However, this work is not about a post-colonial dealing with traumas, but about the figure of the horse, about liberation, wildness and a feminist, self-empowering stance reflected in the company’s highly energetic choreography.
Yolanda Morales (1984), is a choreographer, dancer and performer based in Hamburg, Germany since 2016. Originally from Chiapas, in Southern Mexico, Yolanda Morales completed the Master in Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg in 2018.
Her work focuses on the dystopic/utopic space as a space of resistence, the development of fictitious bodies responding to politcal, social and enviromental issues of this contemporary world from a feminist approach. She works as well with the reconstruction, recontextualization and reinterpretation of movement as a form of social and political resistance. She dedicates her work to current political and social issues, especially from Latin America that resonate worldwide. Her productions have been invited to festivals in Germany and internationally.
Concept, choreography, artistic direction and dance: Yolanda Morales
Dance: Aurora Brocchi, Sarah Ernst, Damini Gairola, Nathalia Gómez, Sujin Lee,
Lourdes Maldonado, Alicia Ocadiz, Maria Pearl, Ana Salcido, Ping Cheng Wu
Composition, Sound, Vocals, Saxophone: Thordis M. Meyer
Live Sound: Hye-Eun Kim
Dramaturgy: Barbara Schmidt-Rohr
Projections: Katrin Bethge, Maj-Lene Tylkowski
Costume: Miriam Ebbing, Ilona Klein
Mask: Arova Erer
Stage Design: Hanna Lenz
Light Design: Joanna Ossolinska, Ricarda Schnoor
Sound Technician: Beata Berger
Production Manager: Katja Kruglikova (PK3000)
Trailer, Teaser & Documentation: Martin Prinoth
The premiere was funded by: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg - Authority for Culture and Media, Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. The resumption is funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of NEUSTART KULTUR.