A Center for the Integrative Practices of Art, Embodiment & Sustainable Living
WITD presents Mexican Ritual Dance Theatre Artist, Diego Piñón
a 6-week artistic residency with performances, community outreach, social dialogue, and educational programming
April 3-May 12, 2014
This residency will focus on bringing Piñón’s unique practice of BRM (Body-Ritual- Movement) to a wider audience through a series of workshops, performances and panel discussions. BRM is an innovative technique which integrates creative process and embodiment with practices in contemporary performance, ritual and social engagement. The residency will include an outreach series of free and/or low cost introductory workshops targeting marginalized groups such as Latino Immigrants, Disabled Artists & At-Risk Youth. There will also be introductory and advanced intensives of the BRM methodology along with a 10 day developmental immersion and presentation by members of Piñón’s emerging national dance company. Additional presentations will include informal workshop performances, a solo performance by Piñón, and a panel discussion on the meaning and efficacy of the work.
About Diego Piñón and BRM
Butoh, since its beginnings in 1959, has always confronted notions of tradition, legacy, culture, innovation and contemporary manifestation. How does an art form that is born from a specific time within a specific cultural climate remain relevant to the world and evolve, grow and expand beyond its borders? Butoh is a prime case study within our time.
Since he was a child, Diego Pinon (1957) has been profoundly impacted by the indigenous dances and rituals of Mexico. But even so it was clear that he was not fully a part of this culture. From the small town and countryside of Tlalpujahua to the urban Metropolis of Mexico city he has been confronting the duality of his culture, his existence and his times. From this place emerged the impulse—the necessity—to find a new path of expression. From the beginning, the key to this path has been the relentless search for the essence or art, as the last refuge to our humanity.
Diego Piñón’s BRM (Body-Ritual-Movement) is the distillation of his 40-year research in body-based energetic and performative methodologies. With extensive roots in Meso-American ritual and Japanese butoh, Diego’s BRM practice also includes a variety of contemporary dance and theater techniques and therapeutic somatic modalities.
He performs and teaches throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico using Body Ritual Movement as a means to transform personal and collective divisions through the dancing body; in order to cultivate a deeper connection to our shared humanity.
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN SUPPORTED IN PART BY A PROJECT GRANT FROM THE REGIONAL ARTS & CULTURE COUNCIL
WATER IN THE DESERT (WITD) is a Portland-based non-profit organization dedicated to offering innovative, multidisciplinary, and accessible artistic experiences & residencies along with integrative educational programming. As a producer of original artistic and educational events, WITD brings together contemporary pioneers– in fields as diverse as dance and farming, theatre and psychology– in an effort to invigorate experiences of depth, awareness and intimacy within the framework of our personal lives, our communities, and the larger sensate world around us. Each of our projects derive from the same value-based philosophy—to cultivate a more assimilated approach to social, ecological, and cultural concerns through artistic practice and embodied engagement. We believe that the sustainable dialogue is not complete without a more holistic approach to creative practice within the community.
“In a culture which views the body as a mechanism to be trained and the landscape as a resource to be exploited, we need to learn to see again their fundamental wholeness and interconnection.”
-Andrea Olsen, author of Body and Earth