• Dance

  • Installation

  • Music


By Lokas Juanas | Directed by Juanita Saavedra


  • +12

Warning The venue has no seating

From Concepción comes a piece of dance, performance, sound design and music.

Co Relaciones is a show made up of a visual installation with elements of contemporary dance, performance, sound design and music. It tackles the issues surrounding both personal and every-day relationships, with an emphasis on the bodily relations and attachments that emerge from either encounters or solitude.

Cast and crew

General director and choreographer: Juanita Paz Saavedra Gutiérrez | Visuals and sound design: Cristian Reinas | Lighting and lighting technician: Mauricio Campos.

Lokas Juanas

The company

Anti-hegemonic dance

This group is dedicated to creating and exploring contemporary dance and is made up of Juanita Paz Saavedra – a dancer and choreographer – and Cristian Reinas – a music and visual artist – who’ve been working together in Concepción since 2014. Their outlook is author-centric, interdisciplinary and local and they aim to develop their own creative processes or connect with other groups. Their educational and training center is open to the local dance community. Their author-centric perspective is characterized by physically researching the crossover between dance, performance, sounds and visuals, and by looking into non-hegemonic discursive and identity-related approaches conceptually.

»(Lokas Juanas is a) theater project in which sound, choreography and visuals are interwoven with a political stance in terms of content and discourse”.

El Mostrador

—Concepción has an important contemporary dance history. Milestones include the creation of the Calaucán Dance Company in 1983 under Joan Turner, Manuela Bunster and Cecilia Godoy. More recently, there’s been the creation of the Theater in Movement Cultural Center after the earthquake on 27 February, 2010, whose Loft Festival has been held since 2011 and the work of the touring platform Corredor Sur.

—The way the body is treated as a political entity capable of resistance is something that guides the work of choreographer Juanita Saavedra. In addition, the audiovisuals are by Cristián Reinas, who’s in charge of the sound that is played live and even on stage, as well as the visuals that, more often than not, are based on installations.

Contemporary dance: A dance genre that emphasizes composition rather than technique, it emerged as a reaction to classical versions and aims to satisfy the need to express yourself freely using the body. It’s a kind of dance that aims to transmit an idea, feeling or emotion, combining bodily movements from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It also incorporates elements from different genres to convey that dance is a work of art.

Artistic installation: This contemporary art genre emerged in the sixties as a result of the understanding that the play itself will always win out over any formalities. From the very beginning, installations have questioned the limits of art and have been linked to reflection on museums, markets and exhibition spaces. They connect a creation to a specific place, establishing themselves in it and giving it value. They can be permanent or short-term and usually require audience participation and involve objects of any shape and form, including intangibles or mixtures. Theorist Ilya Kabakov distinguished three types of installations: small ones (like shelves), those fixed to a wall and covering part of the floor and full ones, using the whole space.

—Watch Menteneblanco by Lokas Juanas, chosen for the Teatro a Mil Foundation’s 2020 Danza Hoy season.

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