Yolanda Morales (Bremen)
Yolanda Morales works as a choreographer, dancer and performer in Hamburg. She gained experience as a dancer in Mexico and completed her M.A. in Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg. In her choreographic works she deals with imaginative bodies in utopian and dystopian spaces, which are closely interwoven with current political and social realities and sharpen a critical gaze regarding the coloniality and capitalization of bodies. Together with her team, the Moving Imaginative Bodies project offers movement workshops and open rehearsals for deaf and deafened individuals. Yolanda’s productions have been invited to festivals both in Germany and internationally.
For Freischwimmen I want to explore the reconstruction, recontextualization and reinterpretation of movement as a form of cultural resistance. Dancing as an expression of the attempt to find a collective, self-empowered identity and to defy postcolonial and migrant rootlessness. Central to this is “the slowed down Cumbia Colombiana.” A dance that emerged in the social and geopolitical context of the borderlands between Mexico and the United States. Together with my team I want to research and document this and other dances. In this way, a physical-sensory encyclopaedia that resist the brutal consequences of capitalism will be created of dances threatened with extinction.