Ollin Yoliztli

Ollin Yoliztli can be translated as ‘blood moving in the heart, life like a beating heart, life and movement’ these words come from the Náhuatl language, which is an indigenous Mesoamerican language still spoken in México.

It is a calpulli (community) that began in June 2020 with the intention of sharing different dances from Mexihco, the meaning they have in their original context and inviting people to get to know these traditions from their origin, the language and worldview of the peoples to which they belong and not only the scenic representation that we share in this context.

The sign Ollin represents the concept of a pulsating, oscillating and centring motion-change cyclical completition, .i.e., the kind of motion-change exhibited by something as it moves through the phases of its life to death. It is a transformation within a cycle and renewal of all existing things.

Yoliztli refers to life. Life and death do not suppose an absolute antagonism since they are not situated on a linear axis of time but on a cyclical one. Life does not exclude death. Existence (nemiliztli) and death (miquiztli) are respectively the systole and diastole of the heartbeat of life: yoliztli.

For our ancestors, the Nahuatl society, the idea of ​​being in possession of a legacy, implied the need and obligation to preserve it. Tlapializtli in Náhuatl means the action of preserving or keeping something, Topializ refers specifically to the cultural legacy that belongs to us and concerns us to preserve or to keep.

No matter where we are, we aim to keep our traditions alive, as they have given us a sense of meaning in life.

Find more about us

We offer regular classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, join us at any time!
Have a look at what we’ve been doing

Coming soon…

Kamisaraki! (“Hello, how are you? In Aymara)
We are preparing an urban performance of Aymara dances and music to present as a parade in 2022. If you would like to participate in either music or dance, we would love to hear from you!
The Wayño dance is one of the dances that combines elements of the Aymara and Quechua culture, it is an inclusive and festive dance while the Tinku dance has its origins in a ritual that is dedicated to Mother Earth / Pachamama, in Bolivia.
Today the Tinku dance is commonly performed in different festivities in Bolivia, Chile and Peru, it will soon also reach the streets of Wellington, New Zealand…. If you would like to participate, contact us!

We are what we remember

Erik Pevernagie

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