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Recording: 2024-01-20 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

juan felipe amaya gonzalez, jfag


Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

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.

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.


TFB Nr. 1850

Cast & Credits

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 Mittelzentrenförderung from Barnes Crossing – Free Space for DancePerformanceArt.

Tanztage Berlin 2024
CURATION: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Jette Büchsenschütz, Dandan Liu
PRODUCTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
The 33rd Tanztage Berlin is a Sophiensæle production.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and with funds from the Capital Cultural Fund.
With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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