Walker Art Center and Northrop Present
Lemi Ponifasio: Love to Death (Amor a la muerte)
Mar 31, 2023
Apr 01, 2023
Apr 02, 2023
Full frontal female nudity
The voices, language, and bodies of Chilean artists—native Mapuche singer and composer Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo, and contemporary flamenco dancer Natalia García-Huidobro—weave together in a ceremony revealing their own stories—two lives that reflect Chile’s history and the search for its future. The work was sparked by the events that were detonated after the murder of Camilo Catrillanca, a Mapuche former student activist and farmer. Touching on questions of identity and destiny, people and nature, the “female being,” and the balance of power—the work transcends conventional ideas of theater, dance, and activism. Conceived and directed by internationally renowned Samoan artist Lemi Ponifasio, a champion of both the avant-garde and indigenous people.
“His pieces, in which light and dark fight against each other and black challenges white, engulf the audience in something ceremonial; a reflection on cosmogony” —Festival de Avignon
Festival d’Avignon – Lemi Ponifasio
YouTube Channel – Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo
Instagram Profile – Natalia Garcia-Huidobro
New York Times – Killing of Indigenous Man in Chile Spurs Criticism of Security Forces
Walker Art Center – Performance venue – website
Walker Art Center - A Prayer Form of Performance: Lemi Ponifasio on Love to Death (Amor a la muerte)
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.