DIALOGUES: Towards Decolonizing Music and Dance Studies


Knitting Together Our Movement Network (Looking In Between Ourselves)


Beatriz Herrera Corado (MULTÍLOGOS)


Beatriz Herrera Corado




Beatriz Herrera Corado (MULTÍLOGOS)
Raymundo Ruiz González (MULTÍLOGOS, LODC UK, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris)
Maria Peredo Guzmán (MULTÍLOGOS, Colectivo Artivista Arterias Urbanas)


Knitting Together Our Movement Network (Looking In Between Ourselves)

In 2019, four Latin American researchers, dance artists, and Choreomundus alumni created a team with the objective of opening a gate for sharing dance knowledge. Since that time, we have been seeking ways of co-constructing and disseminating knowledge in a horizontal way. That is, we aim to ensure that the knowledge that we co-create is accessible to the Spanish-speaking world broadly, and that our activities foster internal dialogues as well as facilitate cross-sector encounters. We recognize and wish to foster wider recognition of the value of diverse research and artistic achievements within Latin American contexts, including those that are often rendered invisible in academic institutions.

Thus, we created MULTÍLOGOS, a bi-weekly webinar about dance, corporealities, and movement. With an open call once a year, we invite Spanish-speaking audiences to share their reflections and artistic proposals through talks, interviews, debates, panels, workshops, or performative lectures. Whatever the modality, each webinar session includes a time dedicated to asking questions and giving feedback. Through the wide spectrum of these dialogues, and the opportunities that they have provided for listening to the realities of others, we have collectively developed a skill set as a method and as a goal.

Through a performative presentation in this ICTM Dialogues session, we highlight the main aspects of the MULTÍLOGOS webinar:


Vernos a Nosotros Mismos

En el 2019, cuatro investigadores y artistas latinoamericanos egresados del programa Choreomundus, crearon un equipo con el objetivo de abrir un espacio para compartir conocimiento sobre danza. Desde entonces, buscamos co-construir y diseminar conocimiento de manera horizontal que sea accesible a la audiencia hispanohablante, provocando diálogos y polinizando encuentros entre sectores con distintos niveles de profesionalización. Nuestro objetivo es reconocer el valor de la diversidad de alcances artísticos e investigativos en el contexto Latinoamericano que es muchas veces invisibilizado en instituciones académicas.

Así, creamos MULTÍLOGOS, un webinario sobre danzas, cuerpos y movimientos con frecuencia de dos veces por mes. Por medio de una convocatoria anual, invitamos al sector hispanohablante a compartir sus investigaciones y propuestas artísticas a través de ponencias, entrevistas, debates, paneles, talleres o intervenciones performativas. Cada modalidad incluye un tiempo dedicado a hacer preguntas y dar retroalimentación. El amplio espectro del contenido de los diálogos así como la escucha a otras realidades es una destreza colectiva que hemos desarrollado como método y como meta.

En una presentación performativa, resaltamos los aspectos principales del webinario:


Further References

As an emerging project, MULTÍLOGOS is shaping a blog in which all the sessions are further discussed and theorized. The material is in Spanish and can be found in the following link multilogosdanza.wixsite.com/conectar/blog

Allende, Ana, Ricardo Amigo, José Rojas. 2019. Danza Afro en Chile: Abriendo Caminos [African Dance in Chile: Opening Pathways.] Santiago de Chile: Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cultural y las Artes.
Cusicanqui, Silvia Rivera. 2018. Un Mundo Ch'ixi es Posible: Ensayos Desde un Presente en Crisis [A Ch'ixi World is Possible]. Buenos Aires: Tinta limón.
Masetti, Marcela. “Corporalidades en la Danza” [Corporeality in Dance]. En III Encuentro Platense de Investigadores Sobre Cuerpo en las Artes Escénicas y Performáticas-ECART (La Plata, 2013).
Poveda, Jorge, Beatriz Herrera, María Mendizábal. “Forced Secularization and Postmodern Discourses within Contemporary Performance: Weaponizing Multicultural Rhetoric to Ratify Asymmetries”. Dance Chronicle. Forthcoming.


In this session, we presented various points of focus for our Multílogos project, which uses performative and dialogical tools, and also summarized the content of our work. We chose to present ourselves and the origins of the project in a performative fashion, so that the audience could connect with our feeling-thoughts (sentipensares). As we summarized and translated the selected component that were performed during our ICTM Dialogues session, we cited many Latin American speakers and presentations that challenge anglophone scholarly research categorizations of dance practices.

In the last part of our presentation, “Latin American resistance through dance,” we highlight examples of the agency of dancers as political subjects. These examples make evident that our artistic and research works are contestations to the status quo that is imposed by clear-cut means of state repression in Latin American contexts. This awareness transcends understandings of what is typically categorized as “dance” according to hegemonic aesthetics, to foster a broader understanding of something that carries ancestral, improvisational, and innovative knowledge. We intentionally facilitated a dialogue in the Q&A by asking the audience to consider their understandings of ‘resistance’ in order to stimulate our own imaginations as scholars working toward decolonization.


Questions to Consider

How can decoloniality serve to interrogate the processes of legitimation regarding dance practices and knowledge in Latin America?

How is decoloniality nurtured by the contributions of an international community that discusses dance and the multi-sensorial in languages other than English?

What are the ways that researchers and artists from around the globe articulate their resistance to different modes of oppression?

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