- DateMon. 22 Jul - Sat. 30 Nov. 2019
Amparo González Sola is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and researcher.
She is from Argentina and works in Buenos Aires, Amsterdam and Paris – and now also in Utrecht.
Amparo was in Utrecht before, as a dancer in the residency of Argentinian choreographer Juan Onofri. Together, they presented Caravana on SPRING 2017.
Now she has her own residency in the city, deliberately choosing Utrecht. She recognizes the power of the network in Utrecht and would like to use it in her work with a new group for her: psychiatric patients and their therapists.
Amparo’s residence is a collaboration with Het Vijfde Seizoen (The Fifth Season), an artist’s residency on the grounds of psychiatric institution Altrecht in Den Dolder. Het Vijfde Seizoen uses the relationship of an artist with psychiatric patients to put aside the negative stigma surrounding psychiatric patients.
What is Amparo’s story?
For me, dance is about relations, both inside the body and with others. I think that our way of thinking about and perceiving of the body equals a way of thinking about the world.
Our western conception of the body is: symmetrical, vertical, homogeneous, dry, two-dimensional body, thought from the shape. This conception of the body has constructed a type of society. I wonder what political and social implications other conceptions of the body can have.The conception of the body that I propose is: a multidirectional, humid, asymmetrical, heterogeneous body, a body in continuous transformation, thought from its relations.
What does that look like in practice?
The work is going to be really practical. We will do exercises of proprioception: sensing the own body. Closing the eyes, making really small movements in the body. Also, I will do exercises in finding the balance between moving and being moved. And then see how we can proceed from this state of reciprocity.
Thought and body are often seen as separate worlds; philosophy and the practical body as two different things. I think that perception, movement and thought go together.
That is why her residence offers a strong basis for connecting with various Utrecht institutions. Through Residencies in Utrecht, Amparo will involve dancers of ROC Midden Nederland in her work in Den Dolder, but also students and teachers of Utrecht University (Community Arts, Theater, Brains & Bodies, Philosophy, Clinical Psychology), Hogeschool Utrecht (Community Development) and various theater makers connected to the HKU. Also, Amparo will make contact with other inhabitants of the Altrecht grounds in Den Dolder, such as Kytopia.
During these three months I will propose sessions of movement, perception, dialogue and reflection between patients and therapists, students, thinkers, and movers. The peculiarity is that the encounters are horizontal. I work on the same level with patients and therapists, teachers and students, thinkers and movers.