Ariana Pirela Sánchez is Performer, Choreographer and Film Maker and has been living in Canada for 13 years. She is part of the Ontario-Quebec Coaching that is an initiative of CanDance, Ontario presents and La danse sur les routes du Québec.
My name is Ariana Pirela Sánchez. I was born and raised in Venezuela and have lived in Canada for 10 years and in Montréal for 3 years. I am a multidisciplinary dance artist and film maker.
I grew up in a family of Spanish immigrants and my maternal heritage has been linked to migration for several generations. Dance entered my life from an early age and is an integral part of my culture. Dance has led me to encourage free expression and interpretation not only for the body movements but also for their historical composition. For me, there is a close relationship between dance and the integral formation of my person.
“Manos de Mujer” — Credit Photo: David Wong
I am a committed artist and I share in my works my political and social vision of the world in connection with my experience and my history in order to raise public awareness of the issues we face.
As an artist we have a responsibility to share through our art, our vision of the world and the society. I therefore develop multidisciplinary works with dance, music, video and theatre in which I question about emotions and how these emotions are expressed in the body and thus develop a physical language. I also question about the different political and economic inequalities that exist in the world and more particularly those between women and men.
Creation, dance and video are my language. I work as an independent choreographer and my work has evolved and grown a lot over the past 4 years. Producing my own videos in my projects, I changed my way of conceiving and thinking choreography. I’m now interested in the relationship of the choreography between the audience and the dancers, and between the audience and the show itself.
As a Latin American immigrant and from a family of immigrants, I am also challenged by the construction of identity, by my cultural origins and my cultural identity. I am a mix of three cultures: Venezuelan, Spanish and Canadian, and dance has become for me a means of spiritual and material knowledge of my history, my identity and my culture.
I want to offer the audience pieces that touch them and make them think by offering them sensitive and human choreographic universes. I want to feminize the gaze. And that means that my interest is to prepare the spectator to feel the works, rather than to understand them, by offering my vulnerability and sharing a collective experience.
“I’m not her” — Credit Photo: Francesca Chudnoff
I think that any art that transcends is an art that arises from the sincere and passionate need of the creator to tell the world about their world; from a subjective and therefore unique vision. In my work, my vision of the subjects is enriched by my personal history as well as by the realities around me. My works are primarily inspired by an inner quest of my personal questions related to the status of women, immigration, my sense of identity, various cultural identities, and individuality within the cultural diversity that surrounds us.
For me, cultural diversity, in the context of a global era, should become a subject of great interest to societies, governments and other institutions, because it must be recognized in its richness, not only as a source of identity — collective and individual — but also as a historic tool.
One of the most interesting aspects of our living heritage is the process of pursuing traditional knowledge. Thus, we must contribute from our practice and our profession to generate continuity and an exchange of experiences, resources and strategies that enrich knowledge, and the way to get involved in diffusion of the cultural heritage so that it become more participative and inclusive.