Multiculture

Wednesday: Resistance through the dance

The celebration (on Wednesday the 20th of October) is not only for the past struggles of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, but also the current struggle of the Mapuche in Chile.

In an effort to bring attention to the struggles of the indigenous people in Latin America who have lost their land and cultural identity over the past 518 years, the Group of Chilean Ex-Political Prisoners (Agrupación de ex Presos Políticos Chilenos) and the Coordinadora Latinoamericana had a night of celebration for the spirit of resistance on in Bolivar Hall.

The celebration was not only for the past struggles of the indigenous peoples of Latin America, but also the current struggle of the Mapuche in Chile who are fighting to maintain their way of life in an ever-increasing industrial world.

On Wednesday the 20th of October, the series will continue with the “Ritual Scissors Dance” as part of the celebrations of the Cultural Resistance of the Americas. The Scissors Dance is a traditional Peruvian dance, which will be explored through puppetry and dance performances by José Navarro and music by Sofia Buchuck.

The dance itself is a sacred ritual performed in the central and southern highlands of Peru. The dance can include one or two men who challenge themselves with difficult steps, movements and acrobatics. The music typically is provided by a harp and a violin, which the dancer (called the danza) reacts to with movements of his body and the scissors he carries in both hands. The dance is linked back to an Andean religious movement that began in 1564, but ended with the invasion of the Spanish Inquisition.

The performance will begin in Bolivar Hall at 7 pm on the 20th of October and admission is £10.

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