Julidans Extended: Urban Bodies Project


Julidans Extended: Urban Bodies Project

Yolanda Gutiérrez (DE/MX)


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Julidans Extended: Urban Bodies Project
Yolanda Gutiérrez (DE/MX)

Especially for Julidans, Mexican choreographer Yolanda Gutiérrez created a 'post-colonial city walk' through Amsterdam. She takes us past buildings, monuments and places with a colonial past, where we meet dancers. Via headphones, we hear historical facts, personal stories and interviews. The voices from the past are intertwined with dance and movement, always in close relation to the place where the performers are located. In this way, we take a fresh look at well-known places in our city.

Fri 12 July 16.00
Sat 13 & Sun 14 July
12.00 & 16.00

Theater Amsterdam
(start and end point)

90 minutes

Voices from the colonial past become visible in the city.

Nowhere in the Netherlands is the colonial past as visible as in Amsterdam. It is anchored in the canals, the churches, the palaces, the warehouses, the monuments and the street names. We often don't even notice it. However, a wave of consciousness about the colonial past washes over the Netherlands, which makes people think. That is also the aim of Gutiérrez' Urban Bodies Project. Together with five dancers, with Amsterdam artists from Africa and Asia and two scientists, she makes the history visible in the stones of the city.

Gutiérrez comes from Mexico City, but has lived and worked for some time in Hamburg. She studied contemporary dance in Mexico and Germany and danced for a large number of international companies. Her work is political, colourful and interdisciplinary. She worked together with artists and thinkers of all kinds and from throughout the whole world (as well as dancers, also for instance actors, professors, DJs and wrestlers), on dance performances and theatre productions, installations, video work and location projects such as this Urban Bodies Project.