Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants
September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One event on September 13, 2019 at 7:00 pm
One event on September 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Part of the 2019 Fringe Festival
Winding through a South Philly neighborhood from 5th Street between Shunk and Oregon to Mifflin Square, Úumbal: Nomadic Choreography for Inhabitants is an ambulatory dance performance wholly created by the people of this city and enacted by residents representing its diverse population.
Choreographer Mariana Arteaga developed Úumbal (Mayan for “balance”) in response to an incident in 2014, when forty-three students disappeared from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, presumed murdered by criminal gangs or the authorities that enabled them. She watched as the Mexican government repressed the mass protests in the wake of the disappearance. If repression could be choreographed, she mused, so could freedom and joy. She saw in her practice of collective dance the opportunity to reclaim public space for pedestrians, for communities, for joy.
First performed in Mexico City, Úumbal makes its U.S. premiere as part of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Arteaga and her local collaborators set up collection points in various neighborhoods to solicit dance steps from everyday residents of Philadelphia. A group of local volunteers helped mold these contributions into a communal performance that includes movement, choreography, and choreographic actions in public spaces along the streets, parks, and sidewalks of South Philadelphia. Join as a nomadic companion and participate in this joyful procession.