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Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside: Uk’u’x Ulew by Grupo Sotz’il

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Location: University of California, Riverside
Community Garden: http://rgarden.ucr.edu/directions.html
6:00 – 8:00 PM PDT
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Grupo Sotz'il: Uk’u’x Ulew
In conjunction with Medicine Ways: http://nasp.ucr.edu/events/medicine.html

Uk’u’x Ulew is a multisensorial Maya dance-ritual. Its interactive choreography provokes embodied reflection on the environmental/political/spiritual dimensions of our planetary crisis—stressing human complicity while restoring reciprocity with our ecological matrix, or Uk’u’x Ulew. A multidisciplinary dance work performed with live music, Uk’u’x Ulew was created collectively by Grupo Sotz’il’s eight Kaqchikel and Mam Maya dancer-musicians and dramaturg.

Grupo Sotz’il was founded 17 years ago in El Tablón, Sololá, Guatemala. The 8 member ensemble of young Kaqchikel and Mam multidisciplinary artists is dedicated to researching, creating, and promoting Mayan knowledge and arts that have been persecuted since the Spanish invasion of 1524, during 36 years of genocidal war (1960-1996), and in the current socio-political context of neocolonial violence against Guatemala’s 24 Indigenous nations. The ensemble performs with the intent of presenting their long suppressed Mayan history and culture to eyes and ears across the globe. Grupo Sotz’il’s art reflects the present and envisions the future, with firm roots in the wisdom and knowledge of their ancestors.
http://www.gruposotzil.org.gt

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