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Lemi Ponifasio, Elisa Avendaño Curaqueo, and Natalia García-Huidobro

Love to Death (Amor a la muerte)

A person in all black stands in front of a long, red neon light running parallel to the floor. Illegible text is projected on the wall above it.

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.

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Lemi Ponifasio, Love to Death, courtesy of Fundación Teatro a Mil. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council 
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
CampusParc
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Larry and Donna James
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate

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