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Connexio / Puka


“Puka”, the color red, predominant a Kichwa word of the indigenous people of Ecuador and is used as a symbol of protection. The performance visualizes the embodiment of the Kichwa people and how they learned to transform and connect within the social manifestations in which they find themselves today.

Perhaps there is something that we as part of the western world have forgotten – the act of listening. If you look closely at certain types of connections that exist in nature, you could see a kind of transition of time and space. In other words, we forget to observe transitions. The earth and humans are continually full of changes and our eyes have forgotten how to observe and attend to transient processes. How to observe the change of light and tonality from the color red to black, because between the two is the transient Earth color.

In post-colonized Ecuador, Kichwa is one of the ethnic groups that stand against discrimination and fight for their rights and ancestral traditions. Within the neoliberal political transitions to which the indigenous people have been imposed, they have stood firm to protect the territorial place in which their ancestors lived. In the last 10 years, the politics imposed in Ecuador have decreased the indigenous people ability to maintain their cultural heritage. The only intention of Kichwa is to make themselves present as what they are “an indigenous people”, where the respect for the mother earth is the only priority. Maybe, we have something to learn from the indigenous people about unity and connection in our multicultural society? Where we struggle to intertwine ideas within a diversity of cultures within the same space – where nobody wants to listen…

Concept/idea : Edwin Cabascango
Artistic collaboration : Berenice Hernandez
Costume : Karianne Caspara
Music: Cesar Cabascango
Produced by Texture and Movement

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