Atrateño Privilege Dance

Atrateño Privilege Dance

Born out of a pandemic crisis, Choreo Dance Film Festival (CDFF) celebrates the diversity of Choreomundus students and alumni by bringing together dance films around the world. CDFF is dedicated to promoting Dance as Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) and to bridge the gap between dance and film.


In our dance, the majestic Atrato River is highlighted as a survival mechanism for the riverine population of Chocó. The peasants work in the field using everyday materials as a means for their substance.
In the first moment, the champa, the boat and the canoe are shown as aquatic means of transportation that are of great importance for our inhabitants.
In the second moment, the rubbing of our peasants is shown as a work that is usually done to collect food, to plant food or even to hunt.
A very important part of our dance is fishing. Since we have lots of fish, many of the fishermen take their products to the most populated cities of the department to sell them as a pathway for reactivating the economy of fishermen and peasants of the Chocó department.
Due to the bad use of solid waste and the illegal mining to obtain minerals and precious metals that are found in the territory, the rivers are being polluted and the fishing activities have been affected throughout the year.
On the other hand, the corruption and bad practices of politicians have been evaporating the resources, including the natural resources that we are rich in. With the Pescado envenedado (poison fish) song, we made a criticism that gives a message about the importance of taking care of our resources and nature, the most precious thing we have.
Finally, the inhabitants of Chocó are happy with what little they have, but always demanding what has been denied and stolen from them throughout history. As persevering and resilient people, we always look forward.
Where the people of Chocó come from, things are not easy, but you always survive, there are problems, but you live happily, and from so much fighting we always get out of it.

Producer – Diana Teresa Gutiérrez

Diana Teresa Gutiérrez has a background in dance anthropology and intangible cultural heritage (ICH). Her passion for dance takes inspiration from local cultural practices, motherhood, movement, and technology to create bridges that enable encounters between different people, cultures, and visions of life. She is the director of Embodying Reconciliation, a Colombian non-profit organization whose work is based on the concept of resilience. Since 2019 she has coordinated the Museum Bodies for Empathy and in 2022, she created the 1st Intercultural Festival Bodies for Empathy, producing five (5) video-dances around the country and gathering fifty (50) national and twenty-five (25) international video dances to keep dancing despite the emergency caused by COVID-19. She was recently awarded the Rotary Peace Fellow 2022.
The Atrateño Privilege dance was directed by Bismark Salas, leader of Chocoan Dynasty, an Afro- Colombian group located in Quibdó, that uses poetry and dance to safeguard their local heritage and to trigger peace actions. With the support of The Environmental Dance Project.