Gabriela Ariana is a Chilean ecological performance artist, choreographer, dancer, singer and an ancestral worldview holder and practitioner. For the last 17 years she has done art research and work about the state of nature, nature’s knowledge and the raising of its awareness, of nature’s destruction and its still existing supporting power as well. Her art practice unite dance, archaic singing, drumming session, dreamwork, trance, lament songs and her own eco-somatic practice that she has developed during the last 20 years.
As an artist she creates experiential spaces where most of the time audience is an active participant. Her work is the rising of the hidden, the unseen, the untamed, the non-colonized, the timeless.
”What in western society understand as ”conscience” is the most unconscience of all. There is a land in the body and a land over, under and even IN this lands of Earth, that is called unconscience only because it cannot be understood in the frame of scientific ”logic”, it’s not measurable, it’s not comparable, or possible to prove. It can only be experienced, it can only be embody through the awareness of the cells and if we embrace it just long enough to notice them, it may rise up us a poetry, as a song, as dance, as art.” Gabriela Ariana
Her art criticized and dismantled patriarchal misogynia and extreme-capitalism by summoning Earth-based, ancestral knowledge, from the memories of the cells into a concrete and radical presence.
1999: ”Desert” a solo performance at Space catastrophe festival in Belgium-Finland.
2003: ”Inhabiting” solo performance/installation at Zodiak, Helsinki-Finland.
2007: ”Soneto sola” Performance, voice, dance at caisa’s cultural center, Helsinki-Finland. 2010: ”Lights” an open rehearsal, performance for 13 senior dancers. Zodiak, Helsinki- Finland
2011:* ”People of Earth” performance, dance, singing at the Emma’s museo on the Mapuche culture exhibition. Espoo-Finland.
*”Mute dance” Exploratory and improvised performance, working with voice, movement, story telling, installation. Z-free, Zodiak, Helsinki-Finland.
*”Santiago” Environmental art performance for 30 performers (dancers and actors) during an art residence in GAM’s cultural center in Santiago-Chile.
2012: ”Stories from our lives” a dance performance for 17 elders, Zodiak, helsinki-Finland. 2014 ”Forte” Human specie project, environmental art performance for 12 dancers at Matucana 100 theater in Santiago-Chile.
2015: *”Kolibri” Environmental performance for children at Malmi’s park’s cultural center.
*”Life flow” solo performance and workshop at the Girl’s house, Helsinki-Finland.
2016: ”Human specie” Performance with non-dancers, music and voice. Performances at Le petit festival in Hanko, Croatia and at Caisa’s cultural center.
2017: ”Soul’s retrieval” The performer became a ritual holder. This piece was rehears in the forests of Nuuksio and perform at Caisa’s cultural center in Helsinki-Finland. The Soundscape for the piece was created by Tuomas Rounakari and Gabriela Aldana.
2018: ”Nature in me” as a director working the concept of nature’s connection performance in nature. Cooperating with the chilean artist Leslie Apablaza.
2019: ”Tree of Shame”- plastic, there is so much in the ocean as shame in the body.- Performance, installation, music/voice. At Caisa’s cultural center. 2021: Artist in residence at Haltia Nature Center in Nuuksio’s forests in Espoo- Finland
2021 Choreographer and performer at ”Depth of the origin”. performances at Nuuksio forest in Finland.