• Dance


By Daniela Reinoso, Marcelo Palma, Sandra Acevedo, Fernando Rioseco and Natalia Lillo


  • Spanish
  • 30-40 minutes

This performance in a heritage building in La Serena shows that dance is much more than just movement.

This public performance outside the Gabriela Mistral School for Girls in the historic city center is the result of a laboratory held by contemporary dance performers. Their aim is to explore the relationship between body/space in this architectural space and broaden the view of the performing arts in the region, interacting with the audience and creators and inviting them to leave their preconceived ideas about certain styles to one side and discover other ways of looking at art and bodies.

This girls’ school, on the edge of one of La Serena’s hills where one of the center’s main streets begins/ends, lets the performers face the city and, at the same time, expose themselves to it., There’s a conversation between the public and the artists at the end of the piece.

Cast and crew

Creative team: Daniela Reinoso, Marcelo Palma, Sandra Acevedo [dance], Fernando Rioseco [performing artist] and Natalia Lillo [designer] | Dancers: Carlos Tapia, Natalie Gutiérrez, Rayen Pojomovsky, Janet Barriga, Cristian Guzmán, Claudia Sanhueza, Sandra Acevedo, Daniela Reinoso, Marcelo Palma | Actors: Héctor Álvarez, Pablo Morales | Performing artists: Ivannia Malebrán, Amapola Araya | Musician: Diego Contreras (musician)

Equipo creativo

Creative team

Exploring and transforming the Coquimbo Region

This team is made up of Daniela Reinoso, Marcelo Palma, Sandra Acevedo, Fernando Rioseco and Natalia Lillo. Each one works independently, creating and exploring movement and design, interacting with artists from other artistic disciplines and presenting their work in places the performing arts are not usually seen.

—It’s an artistic intervention at the heritage site that is the Gabriel Mistral School and, more specifically, on its staircases. What you see is the result of the performing artists’ work over two sessions that lasted four days. It’s a way of showing the public the result of a performing arts laboratory.

—One of the quotes the artists worked on is the text Instrucciones para subir una escalera from Historias de cronopios y de famas by Julio Cortázar. “Some things only reveal themselves when you go up backwards and some of them don’t want to, afraid of a climb that forces them to expose so much. Stubborn on one level and in their masks, they take a cruel vengeance on those who creep up to see something else like the fields or the poplars in the cemetery”.

—It’s an opportunity to appreciate the work of local dancer Daniela Reinoso from the Chilean Folkloric Ballet (BAFOCHI) and the Colectivo de Arte La Camanchaca; Marcelo Palma from the Colectivo Dimensión Cuarta and Sandra Acevedo, whose experience includes participating in the 11th Wide World Festival in Sao Paulo.

The Gabriela Mistral School for Girls: This establishment is 127 years old. Gabriela Mistral started work there in 1907 as a classroom supervisor and secretary in the building that, at that time, was located north of the city’s main square. The young teacher questioned the elite nature of the school and helped young girls from poorer backgrounds to get in. Her novel teaching ideas - which she used to publish in the press – gained her the disapproval of the head teacher and of the more conservative inhabitants of the city, leading to her resignation at the end of the same year. In 1967, the establishment took the name of the Nobel Prize winner and became mixed. The current building dates back to 1945 and the government of Juan Antonio Ríos and was finished during the government of Gabriel González Videla as part of the Serena Plan. It’s been a Historic Monument since 2004​.

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.

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