opaf10_Yanina Orellana

Yanina Orellana (Guadalajara, Mexico): We are all sons of La Chingada
  • duration: 20 min
  • watch: 9th December 2018 at 4 pm UTC

DESCRIPTION:The piece integrates dance, theatre and performance to explore the infamous mexican character of “La Chingada”: best described by Octavio Paz in *Labyrinth of Solitude* as a slur for the feminine, passive, open, and raped. An archetype that is perpetuated by machismo, popular culture and religion; “La Chingada” embodies an oppressed role representing mexican women. In  this online performance, she shares her acidic lemonade recipe and interacts live with the camera as it tries to penetrate her space. The movement expresses a rich cultural identity integrating latin rhythms from the African diaspora with contemporary dance performed to the incisive male-gaze of the live camera.

BIO: Yanina Orellana is a movement artist originally from Guadalajara, México. She received her undergraduate degree in Dance at California Institute of the Arts on 2015. Yanina’s choreographic work has been showed in Mexico, New Orleans, and most recently in Los Angeles at Chicano International Film Festival, REDCAT, Human Resources and Highways Performance Space. She is a founding member of FLOCK; a collective based in New Orleans where she performs dance and theatre for film and live productions with artistic director Meryl Murman. In Los Angeles, Yanina collaborated, as a performer, in the creation of original work with multiple artists including: Critical Mass Performance Group, Jmy Kidd, Dance Aegis and Robbie Shaw, the latter two for Dance for Camera as well. Her professional career includes teaching Modern, Contemporary, Improvisation and Creative Movement to children and adults, including teachers and professionals. As a teaching artist, she has worked with CalArts Community Arts Partnership, Invertigo Dance Theatre, YouTHink, Pieter Performance Space and Heidi Duckler Dance Theater. In 2013, she received a full scholarship to attend the Summer Residency for Teaching Artists at CalArts. In 2016, she was nominated for National Teaching Artists Appreciation Week by the Association for Teaching Artists for her dedication and excellence in work at CalArts CAP and other organizations and schools. ARTIST’S WEBSITEYaninaOrellana