Digitizing the Archive from 1994-2016 – Angela Guerreiro Productions (AGP)

 

Digitizing the Archive from 1994-2016 – Angela Guerreiro Productions (AGP), it is an attempt to recover analog memories of intensive creative dance productions. My main research focus was topics around embodiment, the bodymind connection („Project X“ and the collaboration with neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, 1999), political and social concerns, such as racial and gender prejudice. These collaborations were an inquiry around the body and of belonging.

One of these productions was „Permanent Prints“, premiered at Kampnagel Hamburg in 1999. It was a triptych, constituted of three different choreographic works „Duett“, „Antarctica” and „Caligula“, the piece „Duett“, was performed by myself and Cristina Moura and it started with us both on stage, sitting on a chair, looking at the audience, with an empty look, a self-written banner hanging above our heads with the written statement „We won’t move“.

One of the main concerns was to bring up themes for reflection such as multicultural identities (today I would have used the terminology ‚body of cultures‘ coined by Resmaa Menekem), gender, racism, including social political conflicts. „Duett“ was about two Black women, two dancers, one of them seven months pregnant, performing movement scores considered out of the conventional approach. „Duett“, dealt with social prejudices and clichés around the Black body.

Going through some of the reviews of my choreographic work it is interesting to analyze the terminology used to describe these two female Black bodies, “Both are dark-skinned, so their dance also calls into question the identity-creating potential of skin color.” What a review, ‘Potential of skin color’? The fact is that the discourse around race, ethnicity and colonialism in contemporary dance in Germany at that time did not have found its place to be discussed.

The above example is just one of many more, and I trust that my work is an important source for research around the role of the female Black body within the German contemporary dance scene.

To digitize there is: 139 Hi8 + Mini DV, 27 VHS, 5 Betacam, 1 DVCam und 39 CD-Rom, including photographs, texts, postcards, programs and reviews. 

 

 

Me and My White Skeleton

reflections by Afro-Portuguese Angela Guerreiro

 

#Planned Premiere September 10th, 2021 at Halle 6, Studio 2.

#The space will be open to the audience until September 12th from 12am – 11pm.

 

Me and My White Skeleton is a proposal towards the awareness of black bodies as such, not as the other or the otherness, not as an alienated body, but as a way to conquer bodily space and contour. This research is about racism, colonialism and the historical presence of Black bodies in Europe. Through a series of interviews to artists, scientists, journalists, researchers I attempt to foster communication, attention and a deeper reflection about ‘concepts’ created by White bodies from where power, opression and race supremacy as been evolved until today.

On her text about the decolonization of the body, Pasquale Virginie Rotter writes, „Gestures, contexts and experiences of violence of those (colonial-)racist representations of our bodies are inscribed in them – together with the experiences of violence experienced directly and directly on our own bodies. We find ourselves in every message about a Person of Color who experiences racist violence, in every fresco of a black person above the pharmacy, in every fundraising campaign with People of Color. Like a mirror appearing repeatedly, screaming and lying. Imitating learning processes in childhood and adolescence led to involuntary repetitions of these gestures. The conscious or intuitive decision to become and be exactly as the white eye sees us was often the only way to get through or survive. Often the connections to our own gestures, our own body sensations and our own images were lost and overwritten.“ 1

Me and My White Skeleton received a scholarship for research in 2020 by the Munich Cultural Department. Lecture-performance presentations May 2021, Halle 6, Munich.

1 ’Die Dekolonisierung des Körpers’ by Pasquale Virginie Rotter. Südwind-Magazin. Translated for this text with www.DeepL.com/Translator.
Above screenshoots done from interviews with: Camille Barton, Thelma Buabeng, Vania Doutel Vaz, Ana Clara Guerra Marques.
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