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Program for Riversa at UPR Program for Riversa at UPR
  • Title: Riversa
  • Holdings: program, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:34:32
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Date: Novmeber 1997
  • Location: Teatro Julia de Burgos, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Type-Format: dance
  • Cast: Taller de Otra Cosa, performer.
  • Credits: Viveca Vázquez, choreographer

Riversa (1997)

Video documentation of Puerto Rican experimental dance performance Riversa, choreographed by Viveca Vázquez. Riversa intends to delineate Viveca Vázquez’ own style, and to show her origins in exploring the absurdity of the movements and proposing dance as a way of thinking. On stage, the individual body and the collective body are in dialogue and conflict at the same time, as their movements oscillate between flow and struggling, sound and silence, immobility and movement. The questions proposed are: what is a body? How to make the body ‘fit’ into pre-notions of shape, movement, and even ‘choreography’? In exploring these questions Viveca Vázquez has developed what she calls ‘Choreography of the Error’ -- based on quotidian movements and diverse bodies, Vázquez challenges the audience’s expectations of what should be performed on stage. At the same time, she problematizes what is conceived as a ‘Puerto Rican body’: is this pure physicality or it is a political construction?

 


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