In Dancing Museums – The Democracy of Beings, Ana Pi questions the notions of inclusion and decolonisation of bodies in the contemporary choreographic landscape. Her practice is situated among concepts of intimacy, transit, displacement, belonging, overlapping, memory, colours and ordinary gestures.
Dancing Museums is an opportunity to experience the body inside the museum. Provoking movement within this institution (which is known for its silence and moderate demeanour), dance offers the possibility of experiencing new, more radical sensations. “I think of the museum as a place dedicated to the preservation of memory. What gestures do we want to keep? What new gestures do we want to create? What experience of the body do we want to project for the future within the museum?” – Ana Pi
In her time at the MAC VAL, Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Ana Pi has created an experience-based proposal entitled èscultura. In light of these recent times that impose more and more rigidity in the collective imagination, Ana invites us to reflect together and to actively summon the movement. This proposal is animated by the desire to make the gesture of touching the other delicate.
During Ana Pi’s residency at the MAC VAL, she has invited a group of amateurs to document her practice during an online workshop called Re-Play. This has allowed the participants to experience Ana’s proposal in an intimate manner and at the same time keep a physical trace of her work. The group’s creations and documentation can be found in the Journal.
Ana Pi’s residency dates at the MAC VAL:
2019 > 19-21 March, 27-29 March, 27-30 August, 24-27 September
2020 > 21-27 September, 12-16 October, 20-25 October
2021 > 23-28 February, 6-18 April, 24-30 June, 1-4 July