“Dance holds as many rhythms as music does. It is a physical manifestation of music.”
— Daniel Fetecua
With the founding of Pajarillo Pinta’o in 2003, Artistic Director Daniel Fetecua Soto has started to investigate the fusion of traditional dances and rhythms of Colombian Folklore with the principles of modern dance and German tanz-theater. Pajarillo Pinta'o took its first steps as a traditional Colombian Folkloric dance ensemble while Colombian founder and artistic director Daniel Fetecua Soto was a student at the Folkwang Hochsule in Essen, Germany.
Later his choreography became shaped by not only his cross-cultural studies of Colombian traditional dance at Universidad Nacional in Colombia, but by his newly acquired experiences and training in dance-theatre, modern, and contemporary dance-notably, his position in the world-renowned Jose Limon dance company.
The culmination of this training and performance history has given birth to a movement that interweaves the rhythms, music, choreographic structure and rites of the native dances of Colombia with the lyricism and neo-expressionism found in contemporary dance.
Pajarillo Pinta'o is Daniel's personal homage to his culture and his traditions.