Accepting Movement




“Hello my name is Aitana Cordero and I love dance” .I have been years trying to resist and trying to find new codes to define and to reexplore and redefine the meaning and uses of this world but, whatever, this mean, (we can talk about it later) I love dance and bodies dancing.


I always had problems to feel comfortable dancing. Of course depending on the context. In the middle of a Disco floor I always will be the queen of the evening, I will move my body in the music, sometimes fast, sometimes, slow, sensual, aggressive, repetitive, I will jump if it is needed, and if I am drunk enough I will even place myself in the upper and more visible parts of the club to enjoy myself being watch, and seducing to the others (in fact I don’t use to drink and normally alcohol is not the only reason for my exhibitionist behaviors in the dance floor). I used to enjoy myself dancing there, I used to accept myself dancing there, and I used to enjoy myself being observed there.  I also feel quiet ok in some classes, where the teachers give me movement patterns that I like, then I use to surrender to that shape and move my body and “dance”.


It is different when I do have to create dance in my work, when I do have to choreograph.

Then the questions start to appear.

What is dance? Which is my dance vocabulary? Eve doing this questions I feel I have became obsolete. Maybe I am stack yet in a too old question, nevertheless it hunts me while creating. And also while sitting as an audience of several performances. I still see works from really different companies that use the same codes. What I mean by code are movements. The same ways to go to the floor, the same little jumps, the same ways to carry each other, the same way to move the legs trying to touch invisible objects hanging all over the space. It seams we are still stack in a specific vocabulary that they/we/someone has accepted as the ones who can define dance or be defined as dance.

Is dance all this overused steps? Is our body “dancing” while being colonized by all this codes and patterns who where created 40 years ago for women and men who were living in a different period and contexts?

Maybe I am stack in too old questions. Becoming old and obsolete.


I am interested in movement as a way to articulate my intensity as a movement produced by the negotiation of an intense activity that involved my brain and my muscles, an action and a reaction, a cause and a consequence. A way of shaping the anatomy of my questions.

I would also like to transgress the way to understand and teach dance.         

I would like to propose   a space of physical and intellectual investigation about the tools and strategies to define, understand and value “Dance”.

When is a language communicating? Which are the elements it has to contain to be able to open a dialogue with the receptor? A dialogue that should be based, maybe not in “understanding”, but in an agreement, a commitment, where the both parts (the transmitter and the receptor, the created language and the reading process, the artist and the audience) should share the responsibility to make this exchange possible.

I am interested to listen, to observe and to witness the selection processes that other people uses to define a choreographic work as makers and as readers. When does the body communicate? When is a language evocative and attractive? When its invites, when its exclude?