This place you shared with us (solo) Our grandmothers call the mountain, ‘the mountain with the ocean inside’ (trio)

dancers with arms open looking at mobile of hanging pictures
photo: C. Mckinney

Premieres at Texas Woman’s University, Dance Division Black Box Theatre. This work emerged from the research project ‘Water Sources as Embodied Archives: ecosomatic dances and traditional knowledges (Teotihuacan, Mexico City and Denton)’ with Danza Chikawa and TWU IDC company. Supported by TWU Creative Arts and Humanities Grant 

These pieces emerged from a shared concern about the effect building and mining have had on water tables and water quality globally (with a focus on Teotihuacan, Mexico City and Denton). Mining the mountains around Mexico City and the Teotihuacan area has had s detrimental impact on rainfall. The mountains attract and gather rainfall, creating natural reservoirs and filtering water. In recent years many of these mountains have been mined out of existence, as a result, water has become scarce, and natural cycles are disrupted. Member of Danza Chikawa had been dancing and lobbying for legislation to protect the mountains around the pyramids at Teotihuacan. This initial research was a collaboration between myself, Elisa De La Rosa, and Danza Chikawa particularly dancer Yoezer Flores and family.

This place you shared with us

Choreographed, images and performed by Adesola Akinleye

This work is an installation to be danced in. It comprises a solo in earth following which the audiences are invited to explore the installation, to experience seeing it from inside the stage. Part of my exploration in this work is about how I can make ‘the data’ accessible in dance practice -based ethnographic research. 

Our Grandmothers call the mountain, “the mountain with the ocean inside’

Choreographer: Adesola Akinleye

Dancers: Juliana Azoubel, Cadence Banks, Holly Griffin

Music: Brittany Padilla – using sound samples collected during Akinleye and De La Rosa’s research trip to Teotihuacan and Mexico City 2022,; featuring a sample of Myerde la Tiena by Abnela Malinalli

Costumes: Chris Flores

Those women I may not know by name, but I know them by their essence in the stones that once were mountains.