Ixchel Mendoza Hernández is a Mexican freelance choreographer and dancer based in Berlin. She completed her choreography and dance studies at Artez Arnheim in 2007. In summer 2007, she received a scholarship of DanceWeb Europe, joining the ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna. In 2009 she was awarded with the Artistic Residencies Program exchange for Artist of Iberoamerica and Haiti in Mexico city. Since 2011 she extended her practice into video making, as result creating a first short movie in collaboration with Anna Weißenfels "when i will come twice and go once" that has been internationally presented. "CARAVAN" is the name of their upcoming short film.
From 2013 till 2015 she had been engaged at the MA SoDA, HZT in Berlin, investigating a phenomena she called "Visual Ghost". The “Visual Ghost” corresponds to ideas that suddenly become apparent through senses; by experiencing them. A kind of awareness or consciousness that materializes in sensations. The question and interest relay in what is provoking the experience? and in which manner it is provoked? This phenomena happens between an event and a perceiver, and nothing comes into presence as long as there is no “event” changing a situation for the perceiver. The "Visual Ghost" is manifold, and she is constantly questioning. As a consequence it is always in transformation, or let's say evolving, making it's nature ungraspable: having a ghosty logic in itself. In her practice she revisit material re-appropriating it. Visual Ghost is a reverse-concept. Instead of reducing different possibilities into one idea, it opened itself to be redefined by the various researches she elaborates.
In 2016 she was granted the Einstiegsförderung from Berlin and a residency at PACT Zollverein, Essen for her research "Two identical mirrored". In 2017 she was awarded with the Life Long Burning scholarship, in cooperation with Uferstudios and CCN Choreographic Center Montpellier, for her solo "The Reversed Alchemist" and with the Einzelprojektförderung from Berlin for her piece"THE TWOFOLD PARADOX" premiered in November 2018 in the frame of Open Spaces-Tanzfabrik Berlin. Her latest piece, supported by Hauptstadkulturfonds, "The Reversed Alchemist: Figure 1-3" premiered in July 2019 in Berlin.
In October 2020 she was chosen for the research grant Tanzpraxis Berlin, a pilot project that enables her to do a one and half year research into her practice. As dancer and performer she works for Kat Válastur, company s-h-i-f-t-s, Clement Layes, Laurie Young, Elpida Orfanidou, Susanne Kennedy, among others.
*INSIGHT TO THE VISUAL GHOST