Seventy women from Yaxnic, San Ignacio Tesip, San Pedro Chimay and Tzacalá, communities of southern Mérida, participate in the project "Growing from within", coordinated by the artist Paula González Rencoret.
The project, divided into two stages and with support from the American Capital Fund of Culture for Development 2017, arose from Paula's interest in linking communities of women, Mayan communities and urban communities that meet for a common interest. She linked two types of methodologies, one called "Inner Dance", which she developed herself, and another that she did with the Inamm group (National Institute of Movement Affairs).
The first stage of the project, which involved an interdisciplinary team consisting of psychologists Yamile Dzul, Edwina Rauch, Daula Cecilia Hernández and manager Diana Bayardo, was carried out from January 15 to March 20 of this year. In addition, the Department of Development of Women in Communities collaborated with a gender perspective of the Institute of Women of the City of Mérida.
In this stage, the work was based on the internal development of the participants, the knowledge of their body (creative, organic), knowledge of different ways of expressing themselves. Health issues, recognition of the organs and their movements and destructive and contemplative or loving thoughts were also addressed.
Likewise, some concerns were raised such as why women wear heels or why the first surname of children is that of men. "They are such naturalized things but it is important to know where they come from".
The second stage, which is more linked to the patrimonial investigation, will take place from April 12 to June 12. It will work with the Inamm methodology and, among other things, will address the tangible and intangible heritage.
But they will also be asked to identify the movements of their everyday life, for example, when they wash the floor while listening to cumbia, when they clean the table or when they draw water from the well, and a choreography will be mounted. "We want to praise that what they do is valuable," says Paula.
The resulting choreography, which Paula calls "social choreography", must be presented on June 15 at the Cultural Center of the South. "There they will meet the four communities. The objective is to make a coexistence, to know each other and that each community is presented to the others through their dance, it is a way of saying: I am this and this is my body and my daily movements, it is the memory of my community " That same day will be presented an exhibition of photographs by Gervasio Cetto, on the activities of "Growing from within" in the two stages. Lorena Hau also participates in the project, in the Mayan-Spanish translation.- Jorge Iván Canul Ek