“The Reversed Alchemist” (Work in progress)

In this work in progress Ixchel Mendoza Hernández wants to investigate the potentiality and processes of transformation. These transformations are happening in the performativity and in the structure of the performance itself. Throughout these processes, produced by the body in motion, the light, and sound, the aim is to provoke a kind of “transmutation” of the performance itself, as a possible “Alchemist” process. In “The Reversed Alchemist” the concept of alchemy is used as a metaphor for transformation and change, proposing a different kind of alchemy the one that doesn’t operate with matter but with perception.

We live in a society where supposedly we are drowning in a flood of information. It said to be an age of distraction, where there is mental fog or scramble thinking, a society with anxiety and at the same time used and in need to extreme stimuli. This flood of information causes a fractured attention, as a consequence there is a lack of capacity to process and gain meaning of the given information. “The Reversed Alchemist”, by the means of a performative situation, reflects upon this phenomena.

Concept and performance: Ixchel Mendoza Hernández

Sound: Inon Peres

Light: Eva G. Alonso

picture credit: Jo Swarzynska

Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez

is a mexican freelance choreographer, dancer based in Berlin. She completed her Choreography and dance studies at Artez Arnheim in 2007. In summer 2007, she received a scholarship of DanceWebEurope, joining ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. In 2009 she was awarded with the Artistic Residencies Program exchange for Artist of Iberoamerica and Haiti in Mexico city. In 2011 she extended her practice in to video making, as result creating a shot movie in collaboration with Anna Weißenfells “when i will come twice and go once” that has being internationally presented. Her piece “Visual Ghost” was co-produced by the Tanztage Berlin 2012 and premiered at Sophiensaele. From 2013 till 2015 she had being engaged at the MA SoDA, HZT in Berlin investigating a phenomena she personally call “Visual Ghost”, the one had become the motor for her choregraphic investigations. In 2016 she got granted the Einstiegsförderung from Berliner Senat.

The Reversed Alchemist is a co-production from ATMO Berlin and LIFE LONG BURNING Wild Card residency ICI-CCN Montpellier in cooperation with Uferstudios Berlin.