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Recording: 2024-05-12 , DOCK 11 (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Valeria Oviedo

Los Malos Hábitos


Production Details / Press Releases

The performance explores the embodiment of the heroic roles that women take living in an environment that challenges them harshly. The piece deals with this demigoddess’ suit that shrinks and tightens, threatening to leave them breathless. Through the fusion of dance, visual arts and ritual, „Los Malos Hábitos“ weaves a powerful narrative that delves into the inner conflicts and burdens women face conforming to societal expectations.

In a fable-like storytelling that fuses the folklore and mythology of the female archetype in Latin American culture as the main character and sends her on a search for herself. The joint composition of costume, rituals and movement create powerful visual statement onstage, that tap on the archetypal psyche and appeal to an intuitive ancestral wisdom. A duet that embodies the guttural experience of peeling off in the process of invoking our intrinsic and raw vital force.

Valeria Oviedo is an interdisciplinary artist and producer from Tijuana, Mexico, working with choreography, media art and performance. She received her BFA in Visual Arts at Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico) and a Certificate in Entertainment Management from San Diego State University (USA). Her artistic endeavors deal with topics such as: the power of conflict, borders, grief, ancestry and the role of women in public and family life. Her work seeks to connect with the audience whether they have a relationship with art or not. She has been working in Berlin since 2020, collaborating as a creator and producer in projects with Uferstudios, Feld Theater, Universität der Künste Berlin, Theater an der Parkaue, Sophiensæle, ada Studio, among others. She is also a facilitator of guided meditations and mindful movement practices and is currently developing her new work as part of the „Body Time Space – Residency“ at Radialsystem.


TFB Nr. 1881

Cast & Credits

Artistic Direction: Valeria Oviedo
Performance, Co-creation: Valeria Oviedo, Eva Robayo
Guest Collaborator: Cristina Bucardo
Costume Design: Paula Lancaster
Music: Aloe
Stage Manager: Melissa Herrada
Lighting Design: Valeria Oviedo
Photography: Alejandro Ramos
Coral Crown made: Luci Lancaster-Jones
Costume Illustrations: Erick Escalante

This project was developed during a research residency at ada Studio on February 2023.
With the generous support of MySenses Studio Raum für Bewegung.
The residency was funded as part of the Residency Funding Dance of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
The performance of this work is presented in collaboration with Plataforma Berlin, curated by Martha Hincapie Charry.


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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