Episode #4: The imaginary and the reality of production models and desires for cooperations between Mexico and Germany

An informal talk – like those improvised in any kitchen – ends up showing things as they are, since it is during those uninhibited conversations that everybody talks bluntly. In this particular kitchen, four creators and cultural managers from Mexico will seek to dismantle the existing imaginary image of creating projects and cooperations in, from or between Germany and Mexico. We need to think about production models that are really viable and fictionalize their possible scenarios. It is imperative to recognize the scope they have, how they can be sustained and what responsibility they entail. Because postcolonial micro practices interfere creatively and cultural policies do not always allow synergies. Thus, exchanges are generated from a desire that often crashes between conviction and reality. But if we are honest, the results can be very tasty.

Arturo Lugo / Futuro Lujo, artist of image and movement, is a researcher of aesthetic dramaturgies from the choreographic point of view. He generates a constant dialogue that intertwines various disciplines of the visual arts and the performing arts. He was a fellow of the Akademie der Künste to be part of the Young Academy program 2017-2018 in Berlin.
In 2013, he creates, manages and co-directs the project Amplio Espectro, an undisciplined project that explores the possibilities of the body, space and movement. His works have been presented in spaces of national and international artistic diffusion such as the Aura Festival in Lithuania and the Museo Jumex and Museo del Chopo, both in Mexico City. Since 2014 he directs tun_projekt studio where he works as an art director, costume designer and scenographer for different projects. He is an active member of the companies cuatroxcuatro (MEX), La FleuBB (FRA-CIV), mmmmmmmm sonido.escena (MEX), Gintersdorfer/Klaßen (DE) and Arte Nómada (USA).

Ilona Goyeneche is a journalist, cultural manager and curator for Performing Arts born in Chile and currently living in Mexico. From 2008 to 2019 she worked at the Goethe-Institut in charge of Performing Arts projects, first in Chile and since 2012 in Mexico. Subsequently, and until 2021, she was programme coordinator at the Casa del Lago UNAM in Mexico City. In 2014, she was a member of the Jury of the Guillermo Arriaga National Dance Prize in Mexico and curator for the Festival of Contemporary Dramaturgy HEIDELBERGER STÜCKEMARKT 2015, in charge of the selection of works and productions from Mexico as  guest country. In 2016, she was curator of the Mexican Theater Festival entitled ENDSTATION SEHNSUCHT which was held at the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2019, she was part of the Jury for the selection of national works for the International Festival of Performing Arts FIDAE in Uruguay. She is curator of the Ibero-American Theatre Festival ¡ADELANTE! in Heidelberg. She was curator and coordinator of the project Guadalajara Revealed Spaces 2019-2020 of the Siemens Foundation, which is carried out together with the Goethe-Institut Mexico and the Ministry of Culture of Jalisco. 

Laura Uribe, is a director, playwright, performer, stage researcher and teacher. She is co-founder of the L.A.S. [Laboratory of Sustainable Artists] together with Sabina Aldana. Her work is characterized by experimenting in the contemporary scene with a transdisciplinary and documentary approach which moves between the intimate micro-political sphere and the macro-political sphere. She has developed various community theater projects in different contexts and taught over 20 workshops and labs of scenic experimentation in Mexico and abroad.  She has participated as a director and playwright in more than 20 stagings at national and international festivals. Among her works are: MARE NOSTRUM (2017) which was presented at the Münchner Kammerspiele, Festival Theaterformen Hannover (2017) and Fstival Politik im Freien Theater in Munich (2018). From 2019 to 2021 she is invited as a playwright to the International Playwrights Laboratory of the Berlin Literary Colloquium, the Maxim Gorki Theatre, the New Institute of Dramatic Writing and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

Yolanda Gutierrez, born in Mexico City and living in Hamburg for over 20 years, is a choreographer, vídeo artist, curator and producer. Since 2010, she cooperates with Kampnagel Hamburg. Her projects have been presented at international festival like Theater der Welt, JULIDANS, Membrane Festival, Find the File, among others. She works with dancers, actors, wrestlers, musicians, DJs, composers, amateurs, scholars, costume and stage designers from Asia, Europe, Latinamerica, USA and Africa. Since 2017, she realizes regularly decolonizing audio-walks with dance interventions in public spaces under the title URBAN BODIES PROJECT and DECOLONYICITES. She has recently founded a new platform dedicated to expand artistic structures called SHAPE THE FUTURE. A main focus of her work is the question of what political role the body plays in art, and how an artistic movement can become a political one.