Dedicated to the last survivor of the Selk’nam tribe, “Angela Loij“ is a memory of the fate of a South-American ethnic group living in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, who was eliminated by colonization within just a few years. The Selk’nam developed a unique language of body painting as well as specific religiously inspired dances and rites for their initiation ceremonies. Those are cited by Harcha and translated into a sensual, rhythmical adventure, in which the dancer measures the space with body paint and creatural gestures while undergoing a metamorphosis.
A dance performance reflecting on European colonial history without focusing accusation or a simple scheme of good and evil.
Dance / concept / choreography: Juan Gabriel Harcha. Costume: Elisa Nelband. Mask: Andrea Krosch. Dramaturgical advice: Jana Unmüßig. (c) Image: Andreas Krosch.
Supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) Guest Performance Fund for Dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.
JUAN GABRIEL HARCHA studied acting and sociology at the Universidad Católica de Chile. Since his studies he conducts sociological researches concerning innovation and strategies to impart knowledge.