Dancing the Land


Daina Ashbee and Gabriel Nieto
  • Nudity

Gabriel is inspired after his trip to South America reconnecting with his ancestors of Indigenous blood and finding his personal healing and a great encounter with Mother Earth in the South American countries in the Amazonian places of Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Brazil, in which Gabriel visualizes the importance of the origin of time, space on earth and the animal being that is very organic, where spiritual energy can be transferred from the roots of trees to all parts of the world.

Living that ancestral vision between nature and the human being, Gabriel creates through movements in small pendulums he touches the earth, providing a force where it is a way of giving thanks to that time and space that are found, as the interpreters do in the film.

generating bonds of transformation through the observation of the breath and the dance of feet making a conductive thread of energy

where naked bodies are simply forms that are part of the ecosystem imagining as roots that sprout through growth in that dimension that are transformed and generating life, Gabriel, together with the collaboration of Daina, choreographically creates this sub-realistic concept, as a form of gratitude to each special animal or plant to offer and celebrate life on earth and return again to the deepest roots, begun to transform and de-transform as a group of organic hybrids of nature where the energies have always been and never die. If not, they mutate to continue generating a new organic and healing cycle.

And reflecting that importance of caring for and valuing Mother Earth as all native cultural identities have done since their origins.

That is why one of the reasons that Gabriel gives the name of Pacha to this film in which the meaning in the Quechua and Aymara languages is earth world-cosmos, Space, time, in the South American indigenous cultures of the Andes.


Created by: Gabriel Nieto 
Choreography: Gabriel Nieto and Daina Ashbee
Film Director and Editor: Nicolas VanAchter
Creative Advisor: Daina Ashbee
Performers: Daina Ashbee, Gabriel Nieto, Irene Martinez, Angelica Morga, Bhakti 
Photographer on set: Stéphanie Paillet

Territory: Belgian lands at the Boitsfort racecourse in the municipality of Uccle