The Mexican choreographer and dancer Ixchel Mendoza Hernández has lived and worked in Berlin since 2007. Her research is based on a phenomenon she calls ‘Visual Ghost’, a consciousness of perception that continuously transforms or evolves: Living in a world in which the materialized and visible are intertwined with the immaterial and the invisible, ‘Visual Ghost’ explores how the invisible and immaterial can come into presence by experiencing them. Through the means of choreography, she explores a consciousness that materializes in space.
Her research during the Body Time Space residency at Radialsystem focuses on emotional practices and the agency of touch and connection through the intimate relations between three performers. Through skin-to-skin explorations and deep embodiment of emotions, the aim is to reflect upon power relations and expand upon this perspective to analyse power structures through the lens of intersecting social divisions, such as racialization, gender, and sexuality, and the complex web of relationships between humans, nature, and the universe. By choreographing relations, her interest is to interweave the personal and the mutual, the individual and the social, exploring the transformative potential of touch and reflecting upon how we shape and are shaped through one another.
Ixchel Mendoza Hernández studied choreography and dance at the ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem and in the SoDA program at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz – HZT Berlin. Her work has been presented at numerous venues and festivals. As a dancer and performer, she has worked with Susanne Kennedy, with whom she recently collaborated, creating the choreographic material for re-staging the opera “Einstein on the Beach”, which premiered in Basel in 2022. Ixchel’s current choreographic works include “THE TWOFOLD PARADOX” (2018), “The Reversed Alchemist: Figure 4-6” (2021), and “THE MULTIPLICITY OF THE OTHER”, which will premiere in November 2023 in Berlin.
Residency Ixchel Mendoza Hernández
Research together with Dora Đurkesac, Hyewon Suk, Maika Knoblich, Joséphine Evrard, Roger Salar Reyner and Sebastian Elias Kurth