With the performance The Jaguar and the Snake, the workshop on Wixarika dances, the lecture series The Jaguar Talks, and the healings as a form of activism, The School of the Jaguar offers new perspectives for thinking and experiencing the relationship between humans, animals, plants and the land.

500 years after the “conquest” of America and in the context of climate change and mass extinc- tion, it is high time to take the world views of the First Nation peoples seriously, engaging with their true epistemic value beyond New-Age and Exoticism. The School of the Jaguar is thought of as an art world to rehearse the possibility of an ecology of knowledge.

The Jaguar Talks is a lecture series / conversation format where different perspectives meet in an attempt at decolonizing contemporary arts and culture, by introducing critical perspectives from the fields of anthropology, dance history, philosophy and body base practices from the realms of dance and choreography and contempo-traditional first nations knowledge. The later encompas- sing oral transmitted knowledge, social knowledge, knowledge about the body, about healing, about plants, about perception, about the landscape and also diplomatic knowledge applied to the relationships with beings other than human.

In a space where different forms of knowledge can enter in dialogue without the habitual hierar- chies between them, The School of the Jaguar is brought about by the convergence of a group of people coming from anthropology, visual arts, choreography, philosophy, dance science, decolo- nial thought, dance and somatic practices and contemporary indigenous shamanism.


Artistic Direction/Choreography: Amanda Piña
Stage direction and audiovisual conception: Daniel Zimmermann Choreographic research: Amanda Piña, Linda Samaraweerova
Performance: Yoan Sorin, Lina Maria Venegas & Amanda Piña Painting/Sculpture: Yoan Sorín
Music: Christian Müller
Costume/Stage: Lise Lendais
Light Design Stage: Victor Duran
Technical direction: Szymon Olsowski
Choreographic Contribution: Ewa Bankowska, Paula Chaves
Stage Modelling: Ines Kirchengast
Production Internship: Sophie Eidenberger
Production Management: Angela Vadori
Executive Production: Nora Soponyai
Lectures: Nicole Haitzinger, Fahim Amir, Johannes Neurath, Tulama Ramirez, Juan José Katira Ramirez, Amanda Piña, Rolando Vazquez
Workshop: Amanda Piña, Tulama Ramirez, Juan José Katira Ramirez



The School of the Jaguar is produced by nadaproductions, coproduced by deSingel Antwerpen and STUK Leuven and is funded by the City of Vienna (Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien).


Endangered Human Movements Vol. 3 is co-produced by Tanzquartier Wien, EN KNAP Produc- tions-Ljubljana and supported by Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste-Dresden and Bundeskanzleramt – Kunst und Kultur (Austrian Federal Chancellery – Art and Culture).