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Recording: 2017-11-11 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Joel Suàrez Gòmez

Como baila el camaleón?


Production Details / Press Releases

“Relativism is the view that every belief on a certain topic, or perhaps about any topic, is as good as every other. No one holds this view. Except for the occasional cooperative freshman, one cannot find anybody who says that two incompatible opinions on an important topic are equally good.” Richard Rorty

Similarly, postmodernism was developed on profound skepticism toward language, knowledge, history, reason and truth. Because it doesn’t have a single definition that can be agreed upon, it can almost mean anything, everything and nothing. In a cuban tropical scope, the “quemadera” is the appropriation of postmodernism with a strong ludic spirit. In a cuban tropical scope, the “metatranca” is over concentrated “quemadera” with a lack of ludic spirit. Metatranca is “everything matters”. Quemadera is “everything goes”.

“The quemadera as an aesthetic principle displaced the metatranca because the metatranca is concentrated while the quemadera is expanded” Kiko Faxas

Metatranca is “everything matters”. Quemadera is “everything goes”. Everything came up on a dinner night, back in the house in the Machonstr. It was quite late already. Friends were there and it was one of those moments were everybody took part in. And it is easy to forget that it is a joke. Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear. No animals were harmed in the making of this piece. Any resemblance between the characters in this picture and any person, living or dead, is indeed a miracle.


TFB Nr. 1124

Cast & Credits

Performance and concept: Joel Suàrez Gòmez
Dramaturgy and assistance: Davide Camplani


Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin



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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