»Cumbia Colombiana« is a special form of Latin American music that evolved in the 1950s in the Mexican border town of Monterrey. The dances of Cumbia Colombiana with their characteristic, decelerated rhythms are predominantly practiced by marginalized communities. These are lively dances rich in tradition that constantly change and serve as identity and empowerment rituals.
Already in her previous work, »The Garden of Falling Sands,« the Hamburg-based, Mexican choreographer Yolanda Morales dealt with the Cumbia Colombiana. »The Garden« is an adaptation and further development in which Morales and her team create new narrations through their collective memory and imagination. They take us to a utopian, magical place: a warmly lit garden in which the barren, ecologically and politically crisis-ridden desert landscape of northern Mexico is embedded. On this stage, the bodies of the performers themselves become elements of nature, and a choreography unfolds that adopts a consistently decolonizing stance.
Concept, Choreography & Dance: Yolanda Morales
Dance: Sakshi Jain, Sujin Lee
Dramaturgy: Barbara Schmidt-Rohr
Costume: Ilona Klein
Stage Design: Hanna Lenz
Lighting Design: Lars Kracht
Music & Sound: Carlos Andrés Rico und Hye-Eun Kim
Production Management: PK3000 | Katja Kruglikova
A production by Yolanda Morales and FREISCHWIMMEN, the production platform for performance and theater, supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX Theater and Live Art München, LOFFT - DAS THEATER, Schwankhalle Bremen, SOPHIENSÆLE Berlin and Theater Rampe Stuttgart, under the management of SOPHIENSÆLE GmbH, made possible by the program »Verbindungen fördern« of the German Federal Association of Independent Performing Arts, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
»The Garden« is an adaptation of the play »The Garden of Falling Sands«, Funded by: Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Ministry of Culture and Media, Hamburg Cultural Foundation, Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR and the Scheherazade Foundation.