« (…) What we call death is just about leaving this form, this body, this idea. »
Berlinde De Bruyckere
Dead Weight is a new stage production of a vast research project around death called Le Projet Entropie. Besides the work over the movement, the bodies and their presence, this work is accompanied by a considerable amount of reading from French, Chilean, Korean and Cameroonian philosophers such as Achille Mbembé who developed the concept of necropolitics. Carolina Cifras examines material transformations and change of conditions caused by death, but also the socio-political links between death and the show business.
CAROLINA CIFRAS (Chili)
Carolina Cifras is a graduate of the ARCIS University dance program, and has since developed her career at the National Choreographic Center of Nantes in France under the direction of Claude Brumachon. In Chile she has collaborated as performer for the choreographers Paulina Mellado, Almudena Garrido, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Nury Gutes, Francisca Morand, Alejandro Ramos and Javiera Peón-Vega. Her teaching work is based on her research on enactive principals and the importance of movement in the learning environment. Her choreographic research is centered on the body-subject relationship and how this is affected and traversed by the neoliberal economic system. She has also developed her career as an accomplished director of contemporary dance with the works Oropel, 2010 and Pampa which together form her first trilogy about life within the neoliberal economic system.
JAVIERA PEON-VEIGA (Chili)
The work of Javiera Peón-Veiga is related to exploring the potential of the body, its perceptual boundaries and states of consciousness, and to researching corporality as a system that is in construction, open, dynamic, multiple, diffused, affective, relational, porous, and that is in constant transition through areas of ambiguity, non-definition and contradiction. Javiera studied psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile and went on to study contemporary dance at The Place in the UK and Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers (CNDC) and Fondation Royaumont in France. She directed the contemporary dance pieces Nosotres (2012), Acapela (2015) and Gong (2016). Since 2009 she has lived in Santiago de Chile and is co- artistic director of NAVE - Center for Creation and Residency for the Live Arts. José Olavarria Schellhorn is a contemporary dance creator, researcher and teacher. He has studied in dance at the CND in France before going on to study traditional chinese medicine. He developed his working practice in Chile and throughout europe. Rodrigo Sobarzo de Larraechea (CL) studied at the SNDO in Amsterdam and was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work seeks to envelope its viewer into visual introspection as a result from actively subtracting the importance of the human within performance art. Crafting a shielded presence that allows shades to step in. Furthermore he possesses a strong interest on subculture and sub-cultural production by means of digital connectivity throughout various internet sites and social networks.