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KUMADORI: The Skin under The Surface

Kumadori is an interdisciplinary bet that combines butoh dance and video art to generate, by cinematic images, a sensitive experience through the body and the landscape. With the scenes of this work we enter a dreaming world from myth and rite. This piece was born as an investigation of the use of the mask in Japan and Mexico, mainly those that represent the evil or the devil, as a point of convergence between both worldviews. Our research delves into the mask-face and body from a feminine and contemporary reinterpretation that portrays mysterious, wild and sublime characters. These elements intertwine in a spectrum of polysemic interpretation, through parallel universes united by the mysticism of the body and its movement as music. The conception of time moves in a state of contemplation and trance that allows us to blur the boundaries between the relationships of the inner space and the physical location, which generate synergy and synchronization between dance and the cosmos. It is a journey to the reminiscences of a universal and ancestral body, devoid of artificiality. The filming was carried out in different spaces in Tepoztlan, Morelos (Mexico).

  • Priscella Uvalle
  • Mauricio Novelo
  • Gabriel Pareyon
    Original music
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    KUMADORI: La piel bajo el rostro
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    Musical, Experimental, Dance, Feminism
  • Runtime:
    56 minutes 18 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2022
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Director Biography - Priscella Uvalle

Dancer, choreographer and film director. She studied dance in schools of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City (2001-2014), where she obtained a degree in Choreography in 2014. After 2008 she has created and directed choreography based on the APNEA 3:00 AM project and since then she has performed more than twenty performing arts and video art projects, including Sokitl (2015) and Tempus (2017) with international recognition. She has collaborated with artists such as Yumiko Yoshioka, Rhea Volij, Kumotaro Mukai, Tadashi Endo, Yukio Kaseki, Yukio Waguri, Fátima Miranda, Pau Arán, Yukio Wuaguri, and José Navarro-Noriega, with whom he was part of the projects In Ehecatl in Ilhuicac ( 2012) and Xochicuicatl Cuechuechtli (2014), internationally awarded.

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Director Statement

With this piece I seek to fuse a personal and collective mythology, creating characters and symbols about forces that transcend the human. A dialogue with the primal eroticism of feminine energy and the landscape. A means to unmask the faces that we carry hidden under the skin, and find in them mysterious and hidden dances, which are revealed in the intimacy of the darkness of each being.