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Thursday, December 12 at 8pm
Friday, December 13 at 8pm
CPR- Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave, Williamsburg, 
Brooklyn 11211

General Admission: $15 or at the door $20
Get tickets HERE

Choreography: Anabella Lenzu
Music: Todd Carroll 
Assistant to the Choreographer: Lauren Ohmer
Acting & Vocal Coach: Daniel Pettrow
Costume Designer: Jennifer Johanos
Dancers: Lauren Ohmer, Macy Sullivan, Paulina Espinosa, Emily Vescht & Alice Puchue

Pachamama: Mother World is a new exploration of Dance Theatre as well as an anthropologic study into the male initiation rituals of the Selk’ nam (Onas), a subgroup of the Tehuelches tribe that inhabits the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Traditionally, the Selk ‘nam train “actors” who participate in tribal rituals–one example of how performance and ritual become blurred.

The male initiation rituals of the Selk’ nam are celebrated annually, lasting anywhere from three months to almost the entire year. These rituals have three main functions: initiating the men; passing on the heritage and cultural legacy of the tribe through sharing songs, spiritualism and religious knowledge; and entertaining the women. 

The performance unfolds like a prehistoric commedia dell’ arte. Thirteen characters participate in ten specific rites within the larger ritual of initiation. The rituals, as well as the performance, make use of masks that give the characters superhuman power. In a move away from the purely spectacular and presentational side of dance, the work takes the opportunity to reconnect with the primal impulses of art, creation, communication, identity and celebration.


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