The performance lasts 180 minutes. The audience can enter and leave the space at their leisure.
BRAVURA refers to bravery, rage, a form of masculinity, as well as a virtuosic solo moment in music. In a fictional club setting, the performance installation juxtaposes early salsa mythology with the contemporary migration experience. It delves into the cultural depths of salsa as a representation of Latin American immigrant identity, tracing its radical roots to the marginalised Latinx communities in 1970s New York. Salsa offers a rich tapestry of narratives from the diaspora, intertwining stories of resistance, identity, and memory. It’s a testament to the empowering power of dance, where every movement has its history and every step is a testament to a collective journey. The audience is invited to walk freely through a set created in collaboration with the artist Matti Schulz, in which two bodies move in syncopation through images echoing an imaginary extravaganza.
The performance addresses violence and depicts it on stage.
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If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).
- 180 minutes (including breaks)
- The performance mainly uses English spoken language.
- English and possibly German spoken language will also be used.
- The installation also contains written language.
- There is a bar in the room that is open. The performers announce moments that are suitable for a visit to the bar during the performance.
- The lighting situation varies between extremely bright and dark moments and a party-like atmosphere.
- Abrupt light changes are used.
- The soundscape is dynamic.
- Sometimes it gets loud.
- There are some chairs and seat cushions available.
- 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
- 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability
- During the breaks, the audience can leave the room and return at their leisure.
- The audience is invited to engage freely during the performance, with the option to dance and move around.
- Both active participation and relaxed observation are possible.
- The Performance includes brief audience interaction and invitations for participation, including access to a bar.
If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.
- Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
- Via the online ticket shop
- At the box office
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juan felipe amaya gonzalez is a Colombian performance artist. He co-founded collective projects such as Kimberly Kaviar and Scores for Gardens, participated in the Creative Europe project Moving Digits, and co-developed the piece Pattern Parade, that attempted to summon an Artificial Intelligence through occultist and esoteric practices. He has mainly worked collaboratively with artists like Deva Schubert, Jan Rozman, Maciej Sado, Florine Leoni, Michael Portnoy, Heiner Goebbels, Nile Koetting and others. After studying playwriting in Barcelona, he did the BA Dance Context Choreography at HZT Berlin and is currently at the DAS Choreography program in Amsterdam.
Concept, Direction: juan felipe amaya gonzalez (jfag)
Performance: juan felipe amaya gonzalez (jfag), Luisa Fernanda Alfonso, Carlos Andrés Rico
Music Composition: Carlos Andrés Rico (aka DJ Arepabahn)
Set/Installation: Matti Schulz
Art Direction and Costume: Luisa Fernanda Rodríguez Jiménez (aka Mujer Cobra)
Mask Consultant: Sofia Loose Martínez De Castro
Light Design: Emilio Cordero Checa
Dramaturgical Support: Dandan Liu
Special Thanks: La Nena Magdalena, Nicolás Ramírez, Simone Gisela Weber, Maciej Sado, Deva Schubert, Jeroen Fabius, Catalina Insignares, DAS Graduate School Amsterdam, The International Salsa Museum, La Feria de Cali, J1 Studio
A production by juan felipe amaya gonzalez in co-production with Sophiensæle. Supported by the pilot project for accessibility formats “Avengers” as part of the NRW Mittelzenterförderung from Barnes Crossing – Free Space for DancePerformanceArt. The 33rd Tanztage Berlin are a production of Sophiensæle. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF). With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Berlin Art Link, Missy, Siegessäule and taz.