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Witness this powerful collaboration that explores the reality of the Indigenous Mapuche people and the relationship between humans and nature.
In this interdisciplinary work from Samoan director and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, strands of Chile’s history come together through the performances of two Chilean women pursuing a more just and equal future for the Indigenous Mapuche people. Mapuche singer-songwriter and activist Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo and contemporary flamenco dancer Natalia García-Huidobro unite onstage in a ceremony that touches on questions of identity and destiny. The work was sparked, in part, by national protests after the murder of young Mapuche man Camilo Catrillanca at the hands of police in 2018.
Please note: This performance contains nudity and loud sounds. There is no late seating at the request of the artist.
IMAGE CAPTIONLemi Ponifasio, Love to Death, courtesy of Fundación Teatro a Mil.
Lemi Ponifasio is an internationally acclaimed Samoan director, choreographer, dancer, and designer based in New Zealand. His avant-garde works, grounded in collaboration with Indigenous communities, explore complex forms of knowledge including genealogy, oration, navigation, architecture, ceremony, and philosophy. After touring internationally for more than a decade, he founded his company MAU in 1995 and began working with numerous cultures and communities around the world. Love to Death is his third collaboration with the Mapuche people. Learn more on the MAU website.
Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo is a Mapuche artist who hails from the Manuel Chavarría community in Lautaro in the Araucanía region of Chile. She has dedicated her life to speaking and teaching the Mapudungun language and Mapuche medicine, composing and playing traditional Mapuche music, and collecting material that has become an important source for storytelling.
Natalia García-Huidobro is a renowned Chilean flamenco dancer. In 1992, she began her career in dance in Mexico when she joined the Danza En Cruz company. Based in Madrid since 2003, she has pursued her distinctive brand of flamenco through creative projects and teaching in cities throughout Europe.
Supported by Fundación Teatro a Mil, Festival Grec de Barcelona, and La Dirección de Asuntos Culturales (DIRAC) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile.
PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYDoris Duke Charitable Foundation
WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BYGreater Columbus Arts Council The Wexner FamilyNational Endowment for the Arts Ohio Arts CouncilL Brands FoundationThe Columbus FoundationNationwide FoundationInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesVorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BYMike and Paige CraneAxium PackagingCampusParcJeni’s Splendid Ice CreamsPresident Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica MeinhardNancy KramerLarry and Donna JamesLisa BartonJohanna DeStefanoJones DayAlex and Renée Shumate
Lemi Ponifasio, Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo, and Natalia García-Huidobro