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Catalina Insignares - useless land installation
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Choreographer Catalina Insignares in residence in Colombia

The Colombian choreographer and dancer Catalina Insignares has been in residence in Colombia, supported by the Institut français. Here is a look back on this rich experience. 

Updated on 31/01/2022

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Born in Bogotá, Catalina Insignares is now based in Paris, after studying dance in France, Canada and the performing arts in Germany. She has many collaborations to her credit, with Carolina Mendonça for useless land, with Myriam Lefkowitz and the playwright and dancer Carolina Mendonça.

In 2021, Catalina Insignares took residency in Colombia. An experience that led to numerous encounters that we look back at here. 

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Casa Morada
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L'écoute des invisibles, a workshop at the Casa Morada in Comuna 13 in Medellin. The Casa Mora (Purple House) is a facility offering various activities to the young people of Medellin (computer workshops, singing, film and drawing courses, etc.).
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Río Melcocho
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Catalina Insignares makes recordings of the river water along the Río Melcocho. Catalina and Luneida, a collaborator in her research, walk side by side on a stone path built by Luneida himself with the help of his son.
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Carmen Dilia
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Catalina Insignares encountered Carmen Dilia and her cart several times. A resident of Nuqui (a small coastal town in Colombia), Carmen Dilia carries "mazamorra" (a popular Latin American dessert) in her cart. Catalina was particularly impressed by the "arrullos" (literally "lullabies") and "alabaos" that Carmen sings for the deceased at their funerals.
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Doña Candida
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For three hours, Catalina discussed healing plants, disappearing traditions and departed souls with Doña Candida in her "museum of ancient knowledge".
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Nuqui Danza con los muertos
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At the Más Arte Más Acción foundation, Catalina trains to dance and communicate with the presences that inhabit the location. The voice and the body are used as vectors and mediators of the images and presences that manifest themselves in this place.
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Useless land installation
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Catalina's residency ends with a performance of "useless land" (terreno inútil). During the first night, while people are sleeping, Catalina reflects through their dreams over what she has been through during these 3 weeks in Colombia.
On the second night, Catalina participates in a reading about death, dead people who become rivers and people from Chocó (a region in the west of Colombia) who make pacts with the devil.
The Institut français and the artist

Catalina Insignares benefited from the support of the Institut français (Résidences Sur Mesure) for her residency in Colombia. 

This programme became the Résidences Sur Mesure Plus+

L'institut français, LAB