Olin Yoliztli, which in the native language Náhuatl means life and movement, is a not-for-profit group carried out by a passionate group of people, promoting the culture of Mexico through dances and music. The group’s primary purpose is to create a community of people able to collectively share dances and music and organize events or participate in events to create a vibrant environment full of culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
It is a calpulli, a Náhuatl word that refers to a community-based group, autonomous and which offers something to their surrounding community. It began in June 2020 not only sharing different dances from Mexico but inviting people to get to know these traditions from their origin, the meaning they have in their original context, the language and worldview of the peoples to which they belong and the subtle values within.
Olin 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.
The sign Olin 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 a 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. The existence (nemiliztli) and death (miquiztli) are respectively the systole and diastole of the heartbeat of life: yoliztli.
Dance classes are offered weekly and as a dance team, we are constantly seeking to collaborate with many other groups like musicians or other dance groups. We also offer introductory workshops throughout the year to help new participants that might be unfamiliar with these types of dances.
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Olin Yoliztli is a non-profit organization that, like Calpulli, has sustained itself thanks to the work and dedication of its members. The organization does not have the purpose of making a profit for a proprietor, member, or shareholder. The collected money from the attendants to dance classes or workshops and donations from the events we organize contribute to covering the costs involved in carrying out this work.
¡Tlazohcamati! (In Nahuatl, it refers to the love that is felt in response to a specific action)
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