min folkdans / ihtōtiā mahcēhua - adelina larsson mendoza (australia)


11.07 - 17.07

Residency by Australian based choreographer Adelina Larsson Mendoza to work on her project “Min folkdans / ihtōtiā mahcēhua”.

Min folkdans / ihtōtiā mahcēhua

Min folkdans / ihtōtiā mahcēhua – a new solo work explores Adelina’s cultural heritage and considers themes such as Identity, Nostalgia and Politics. The artistic research involves enacting pre-hispanic and post-colonial rituals and practices that she was brought up with in Mexico, and studying the folk music and dance traditions from her fathers village, Färila in Hälsingland, Sweden.

Adelina has been selected by Fremantle Art Centre to be their artist in residence for Groundwork 2022. During Groundwork, Adelina will develop the installation and audience-centred part of her project.

*Groundwork is a significant arts incubation, development and curatorium initiative working with artists to create new work, platform new work to audiences & engage in critical response and review. The initiative supports the development and presentation of multidisciplinary contemporary arts practice for 6 artists across a 3-month intensive incubation program, offering a safe space for artists to be nurtured, supported and sheltered. To empower them to embrace risk and engage in rigor.


Adelina is an award-winning Swedish/Mexican choreographer, curator, producer, and educator. She works and lives on the land of the Wadandi people – the traditional custodians of Wooditjup Margaret River in the South West of Western Australia.

She trained at Stockholm University of the Arts, DOCH and CODARTS, Rotterdam. Since moving to Australia in 2007 she has worked in remote and regional communities and choreographed for performing arts companies presenting at Melbourne International Arts Festival, Federation Square, The State Theatre Centre of WA, Australian Institute of Sport, The Canberra Theatre Centre, PICA, The Lock Up, and Fremantle Arts Centre.

Adelina has worked with David Pledger NYID, BighART arts and social change company, Critical Path Choreographic Centre for Research, Strut Dance choreographic centre, ReadyMade Works and artists like Bek Conroy, Julian Hobba, David Finnigan, Margie Medlin, Rhiannon Newton, Deborah May, Trevor Jamieson, Yumi Umiumare, Laura Boynes, Maitland Schnaars and Shoeb Sia Ahmad.

She is the founder and director of Strange Attractor Lab – an interdisciplinary lab that focuses on experimentation and artistic research. Critical Path consequently invited her to be Associate Artist for 2017-2019 where she produced Hack-Lab – a collaboration between the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Festival and SA. Adelina also guest edited CP’s quarterly e-journal Critical Dialogues Issue 10 – No Body featuring contributions by artists Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Vania Gala (UK/Angola), Nadja Hjorton (SWE) and Lz Dunn (AUS). As a long-serving Associate Artist with BighART, Adelina worked nationally across
their projects, contributing to the creative direction with a range of interdisciplinary

She is the recipient of the Artist Fellowship of WA Regional Arts 2020 and has recently been selected as the Residency Artist in Groundwork, Fremantle Art Centre.


“Min folkdans / ihtōtiā mahcēhua” (My Folk dance) is created by support from 2-year Artist Fellowship funded by the Western Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund. Regional Arts WA awarded the Regional Artist Fellowship to Adelina as the South West WA artist to undertake the development of her latest work.

Min folkdans / ihtōtiā mahcēhua’ was initially supported by a Research Residency at Critical Path Choreographic Centre for Research as part of her role as Associate Artist, 2017-19.

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