Private Project

The GORILAS republic

Do you remember the day you transitioned to Gorila?

This screendance piece knits an experience inspired in suspense movies crossed by absurd situations. We play with the artifies and mutation of subjectivity, we follow a transformation that irrupts in an intimate space, across the way to a public space. This archive of a pre pandemic world investigates in handcraft ways and simple resources: a cellphone, a mask, and dance.

The characterization of a human body with an animal face, Gorillas’ face, proposes an oniric aesthetic to these bodies that get in touch in an almost scary approach first and mutually sharing, kneading, observing each other, in the transmission of rhythmic and sensible dances.
At the same time, is an alliance with the transfeminist conceptual lines in which diverse authors revindicate this animal image as a re appropriation of insults and resistance to the oppressive established order: Guerrilla Girls, Donna Haraway, Virgine Despentes, Paul B Preciado, are just some of this investigators who linked with this animal figure to develop their political/artistic postures.
As a fact, the three people that appear in this piece with the mask, unlink in diverse ways to the cisheteronorm.

This collaboration took place in the neighbourhood La Roma in Mexico City in 2020, between French, Uruguayan, Argentine and Cuban artists.

  • Noel Rosas
  • Manon Cotte
  • Plataforma Clo
  • Noel Rosas
  • Manon Cotte
    Key Cast
  • Noel Rosas
    Key Cast
  • Carlos Antonio Scioscia
    Key Cast
  • Manon Cotte
  • Patricia Ligia
    Music composition
  • Estefania Núñez
    Music composition
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    La república de lxs Gorilas
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 30, 2021
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    0 USD
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Director Biography - Noel Rosas, Manon Cotte

Noel Rosas
Nowadays she directs CLO, creation and circulation platform. She integrates Back to Back Collective a robotics and contemporary dance research project in Uruguay (her home country) and Hablemos de Circo, a circus virtual dialogue and reflection space in latinamerica. As a creator, researcher, director and teacher, she explores expanded scenes, linking circus arts, performance and dance, in direction to the development of scenic, affective and aesthetic universes that dialogue with our collective time, field and imagination.

Manon Cotte
French transmasculine performer and researcher in contemporary dance and video. After seven years in Buenos Aires, Argentina, they moved back to Marseille, France. Their performative screendance ‘ChongQing/What are we?’, realized and premiered in China in 2018, participated in several festivals and screendance events in Argentina and Mexico since then. They started in Mexico in 2020 their workshop ‘Postales Moviles’ around making screendance with cellphones. They have recently closed their research project in dance patrimony : "The archives of Café Müller, Club de Danza (Argentina)", which received a scholarship from the Centre National de la Danse of Paris.

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