Date: Saturday February 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Calle del Pedregal en Getsemaní
This Saturday, February 22 at 7 p.m., the first International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias is pleased to present the latest work from contemporary dance company Compañía Periferia, Insubordinación: Más allá de la piedra. This urban intervention takes place in the Calle del Pedregal in the neighborhood of Getsemaní –utilizing the street as a stage while also allowing for the setting to become a protagonist in the action. This work encourages the participation of passersby and urges a reimaging of urban spaces and how we participate in and/or occupy them.
The concepts of “the center” and “the periphery”, which have been extensively analyzed in many academic disciplines particularly in the Social Sciences, serve as the backdrop and foundation for Compañía Periferia in its aim to provide an interdisciplinary space for creative dialogue and the generation of new ideas for young dancers dedicated to urban dance.
Insubordinación: Más allá de la piedra was created specifically for #1 Cartagena and takes the population of Cartagena—local customs and traditions particularly as they relate to the neighborhood of Getsemaní—as a point of departure.
Cartagena is a city of stark contrasts—poverty and opulence—as the result of political and economic dynamics that are rooted clearly in the city’s colonial history and are complicated by globalization and the expansion of global capitalism.
As a world heritage site, Cartagena receives an influx of international funds through tourism and real estate speculation, which has caused traumatic processes of gentrification, within which the people and the culture of the city are being devalued. Within this discourse it would appear that Cartagena’s beauty comes only from its material patrimony—the cement and the stone of the city. The cultural customs and traditions are losing their worth within this system.
Periferia’s intervention in the street, Calle del Pedregal, is a call for “insubordination” in the face of this reality that keeps the majority of Cartagena’s population submerged in poverty, resentment, and desperation. This intervention speaks to the power of resistance through dance and the body in public space, repositioning the worth of the individual in an alienated society. The body’s many dimensions in this case move to materialize a sensory manifesto in which each aesthetic is permitted to explore its own desires, embody its own memories, feelings, and speak to the disproportionate access to power.
Lobadys Pérez, director and choreographer of Compañía Periferia, founded the company in 2010 based on his interest in promoting dialogue between Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance in order to develop a new choreographic vocabulary and language. Previously he danced with the internationally renowned company El Colegio del Cuerpo, directed by Álvaro Restrepo and Marie France Delieuvin. He received his degree in Dance from the University of Antioquia and currently is working towards his Masters in Culture and Development at the Universidad Tecnológica de Bolívar.
Periferia is honored to have been the recipient of support from the Colombian Ministry of Culture, Ministry of International Relations, Institute for Culture Patrimony of Cartagena, and El Colegio del Cuerpo, among many other institutes and organizations throughout the country.
The company has presented its work as part of the National Artists Salon (2010, 2011), the Festival of Performing Arts of the Caribe (2011, 2012, 2013), the festival “Mucho Mas Mayo” (2011), the Festival of Dance “Cali en Danza” (2011), the literary festival “La Noche de las Letras” (2011), the 6th edition of the Americas Summit (2012), the Bogota Festival of Dance (2012), the dance festival “Palermo in Danza” in Palermo, Italy (2013), and has been honored to be a recipient of the Ministry of Culture Fellowship for Research and Creation in 2012 and the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica’s cultural exchange program in Kingston, Jamaica in 2013.