Dance Theatre

In the heart of America, the language of the bodies follows a tortuous path. In a performance midway between dance and theatre, two Indigenous artists from Mexico, of Nahua and Mixteco descent, share with us their quest for identity by drawing on their cultures and the history of their ancestors. The duo present scenes of their metamorphoses through time, revealing the upheavals and constantly driven by the hope of finding themselves.

Languages and myths propel this inevitable voyage that redraws borders and casts off the hides adopted both freely and forcibly. Revealing that which unites us and that which tears us away from each other and ourselves, Tlakentli considers the issue of identity in relation to migrations and explores the myth of our original elegance.

Show presented in the three colonial languages: in French, English and Spanish, as well as in Nahuatl

This project benefited of a creation residency at Place des Arts in October 2018 and at Espace le vrai monde? in January 2019.

In May 2017, a work in progress was produced and presented as part of the Aboriginal Art Spring 3.


En el corazón de América, el lenguaje de los cuerpos se abre un camino abrupto. Entre danza y teatro, dos indígenas de México, de origen nahua y mixteca, comparten con nosotros su búsqueda identitaria, hurgando en su cultura y en la historia de sus ancestros. El dúo esboza los diversos planos de su metamorfosis a través de las épocas, revelando sus desgarros y a la vez, la esperanza de reencontrarse.

Lenguajes y mitos orientarán este inevitable viaje que reinventa las fronteras y hace caer las pieles revestidas voluntariamente o a la fuerza. Tlakentli cuestiona la identidad a lo largo de las migraciones, revelando lo que nos une, lo que arrebatamos al otro y a nosotros mismos y explora el mito de nuestra elegancia originaria.

Espectáculo presentado en tres idiomas coloniales: francés, inglés y español y también en idioma náhuatl.

Esta creación benefició de una residencia de creación en la Place-des-Arts de Montreal en octubre de 2018 y en el Espace le vrai monde en enero de 2019.

En mayo del año 2017, un primer esbozo de Tlakentli fue producido y presentado en el marco de Printemps autochtone de Art 3.

Interview with the artists

Leticia Vera and Carlos Rivera Martínez tell us more about their artistic process

Interview with the director

Yves Sioui Durand, co-founder of Ondinnok and director of TLAKENTLI talks about this show that bind us together.


Interview with the photographer, Damián Siqueiros

The Mexican photographer explains what inspired him to create the poster of TLAKENTLI.


Leticia Vera | Original idea, choreography and performance

Leticia is a mexica choreographer and performer. She specializes in dramaturgy of the body and movement, choreographic creation, and contemporary performance. She holds a diploma of performer in Contemporary Dance from the Escuela Nacional de Danza INBA (national institute of fine arts). She’s been living in Montreal since 2006 where she works as an independent artist, performer, and choreographer. She’s been working with Ondinnok since 2010 and has developed an original and authentic language. She’s currently working on her new creation “La Soif” which has been presented in 2019 at Tangente.

Carlos Rivera | Choreography and performance

Carlos Rivera is an actor, dancer, choreographer, teacher and a director, originally from Mexico City. He is Mixteco and Nahua Indigenous descent. Graduated from Mexico’s City School of Dance and later attended the Center for Choreographic Research at the Mexican Fine Arts Institute. He collaborated for 16 years as Associate Artist for Red Sky Performance and had the opportunity to travel around the world. Carlos was involved several times on The Banff Centre for the Arts Indigenous Dance Program, where he worked as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. He graduated from the Indigenous Residency Program at the National Theatre School of Canada, where he is refined his artistic practice as an actor and director.

Past performances

Novembre 21 to 23, 2018 | Weesageechack Begins to Dance (Toronto)

March 14 to 16, 2019 | Cinquième Salle – Place des arts (Montreal)

June 6, 2019 | “Festival de Artes Escénicas en Lenguas Indígenas” (Peru)

January 22 to 26, 2020 | The Grand in collaboration with Making Teatry 7 (Calgary)

January 28 to 30, 2020 | District Performing Arts Centre (Vernon)

February 21 to 24, 2020 | Full Circle – Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver)


Original idea | Leticia Vera
Choreographers and performers | Leticia Vera and Carlos Rivera
Playwright, director and choreographic mentor | Yves Sioui Durand
Compositor and musician | Hugo Monroy Najera
Lighting designer | Chantal Labonté
Costume designer | Lorena Trigos
Video designer | Yändata inc.
Video integration | Simon Beetschen
Scenography counselling | Xavier Mary
Assistant director and rehearsal director | Citlali Germé
Technical director | Christian J.Gagnon
Production manager | Amélie Girard
Communications coordinator  | Anaïs Gachet
Touring officer | Citlali Germé