MaMa proposed Nemencio Berrio to attend a workshop on African Diaspora at the École des Sables in Senegal. He then visited the Chocó Base to share his experience with youngsters and adults in the nearby villages of Joví and Coquí.

Through dance, Berrio explored ideas of culture, identity and violence. He heard an ancestral song recounted by women in one of the villages which included the words “Nobody loves me because I’m black, only my mother loves me because I’m black.”  Berrio created a dance with the singers in which they explored their lives and conflicts in Chocó.

Berrio completed his residency at Casa Tres Patios in Medellín and worked with a group of dancers from the University of Antioquia.  The process was documented through video and photography and was presented to the communities he worked with in Chocó.

In December 2011 Fernando Arias was invited to produce the openning performance for the Prince Claus Awards at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.  The performance with Berrio and the École des Sables combined a video-installation with dance.

 

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