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Luisa Fernanda Alfonso: Masterpiece – Degree Bachelor/Master

© Peter Rubel


With the urge to look at dance from a nostalgic perspective, and to bring old familiar dances in conversation with certain Latinamericanness, Luisa found herself trying to embody two archetypes: the Character Dancer and the Mariachi. In her graduation work, Masterpiece, Luisa explores the excessive performativity of both Character Dances and Mariachi, characterized for being hyper-dramatic, hyper-virtuous and hyper-gendered. How can we create conditions for these archetypes to exist with us today? How to find pleasure in spaces where we no longer know how to position ourselves? What resonates through our simultaneous fascination and irritation?
In collaboration with composer Peter Rubel and an abundance of Loudspeakers, Masterpiece deals with the poetics of building, unbuilding, repeating, variating, transforming, interrupting and abandoning dances and songs, which attempt to exist within consonance and dissonance.

By: Luisa Fernanda Alfonso
In collaboration with: Peter Rubel
With support of: Shade Théret
Costumes by: Isabelle Marie Lange
Mentorship with: Leila Hekmat and Daniel Ernesto Müller
Tutoring with: Sandra Noeth
Special thanks to: Estefanía Alvarez Ramirez, Ernesto Cárcamo Cavazos, Diego Agulló, Jule Flierl, Stine Janvin, Anna Philippa Müller and SoDA classmates

22. April: After Talk after the second show (20:30)