“La cosa piel”

13.04 at 9pm (full)

The backstage is in flames, and I search for the right spot where from to look at it.

I try to find a reason to cry, but end up smiling evilly…

Looking at mannerisms in Latin American telenovelas, La cosa piel delves into hyper-emotionality and the grotesque to explore theatricality, representation and the construction of the self in increasingly alienating times. Together with composer Moro, Juan Pablo Cámara searches for fragile moments within a hyper-constructed environment, to create feelings of intimacy and estrangement.  

Using the notion/construct of the “drama queen” as a departure point, Juan(s) perform(s) a mash-up of embodiments and texts attempting to expand and reimagine narratives of the self, while navigating edges of performativity and representation.

60 min



Concept and Choreography: Juan Pablo Cámara

Performance: Juan Pablo Cámara, Mauro Guz Bejar (MORO), Juan Felipe Amaya

Sound: Mauro Guz Bejar (MORO)

Costume: Juliane König, Julieta Omil

Light design: Emilio Cordero

Objects: Cee Fülleman

Texts: Juan Pablo Cámara, Juan Felipe Amaya

Dramaturgial advise: Maciek Sado

Vocal couch: Harald Stojan

Co-produced by Sophiensaele Berlin, with residency support of Work Space Brussels and Tanz Haus Zürich.
Pictures: Zander Porter / Juan Pablo Cámara

Obsesión – Aventura feat Judy Santos (Premium Latin)
Amor Prohibido – Selena (EMI Latin)
El mismo calor – Banda XXI / Aggromance remix (HiedraH Producciones)

website: juanpablocamara.info

Juan Pablo Cámara is a Berlin-based choreographer and performer from Argentina who graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam in 2017. His artistic practice fluctuates between making his own works, creating in collaboration with other artists, and working as a performer in distinct projects.

Drawing from his interest in and experience with psychoanalysis, his choreographic research dialogues with phenomena such as artificiality, identity construction and dis{}embodiment as a means to reflect upon the precariousness of subjectivity in the contemporary world.

As a performer he has worked with choreographers such as Michele Rizzo, Jefta van Dinther, Adam Linder, Kat Valastur.

Global Majority/
BIPOC separatist evening

The show on the first evening (15th April) is a separatistic evening for people of the global majority/BIPOC. So please only book that evening if you identify with those terms. The show on the 16th of April is open for all. ---- We, Adam and Amina Seid Tahir, see how the terms BIPOC and people of color are less fortunate in their attempts of combating white supremacist andimperialistic ideologies, since they form in relation to whiteness (those ”not of color”) and therefore keeps whiteness as the norm. We rather use the term people of the global majority since we aren’t interested in identifying in relation to whiteness or white supremacy. ---- The term Global Majority was coined by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens. ”Global Majority refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as 'ethnic minorities’.” 1 This term was created for people of the global majority to not have to identify in relation to whiteness and to emphasize the fact that these groups make up the majority of the world’s population, specifically 80%. ---- The reason for choosing to use the term BIPOC despite this, is because we’re aware that the term people of the global majority hasn’t received as widespread attention yet. And since our main goal for this showing is to welcome our siblings from the global majority for a showing without the presence of a white colonial gaze, we choose to use the term that seems to be most commonly used in this festivals locality. ---- 1. Global Majority; Decolonising the language and Reframing the Conversation about Race” by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens, 2020