During the Querétaro residency, the investigation was based on the Hñänho culture and more precisely around the legend of Ntsido.
Tale of NTSIDO, Amealco
" NTSIDO = The place of the worshiped stones.
In the top of a mountain, a village was stroke by the drought. the men decide to leave and to look for another water source.
Leaving behind them: the elder, women and children since they did not have the physical strength to struggle with the long and harsh distance travel.
The sadness and despair caused by the abandonment of the men, broke the villagers into to tears.
They gathered, sang and cried during several moons until their tears created a source of water whole source of water and their desperate cries reached the ears of the men.
As the men arrived, the elder had petrified. The had become the founder stones of the source.
The water flowed, the families reunited and life started over. "
transcribed from Hñäñho to spanish by profesor Aurelio Nuñez,
The ancient, women and children are played by the three characters wearing high-necked outfits, which form alludes to the traditional folding technique of Hnanho women.
The fourth character, wearing a long tunique, embodies the leaving men. The design developed for this last item differs with the aesthetic of the rest of the cpieces. The cuts are straight and uncluttered. There is no visible seam or fold. An occidental structure which role is to illustrate the banishment of a culture.
The material used is cotton canvas. Formerly made by hand and worn by the Hñañho community. Nowadays replaced by strong coloured synthetic textiles.
The creation of the outfits is a wink to the traditional Hñañho outfit. The design does not reproduce existent structures, but is inspired by the local culture beauty.
Voices: Dr Ewald Hekking & Aurelio Nuñez
The narrative sound composition was produced with recordings of rocks and traditional flutes.
As a melodic trance, the bass drum represents the ancient calling through their sorrow, whereas the men arrival is announced by spiky and clear sonorities.
The choreography is based on the migration flows, the despair of damnation to thirst and the inebriation of the water, symbol of life.