TROPICAL URBANO: a dance and a music research

Born in the Música Tropical, a Latin American music and dance genre, I explore the influence of the Música Tropical on the history of migration. How can historical and biographical memory manifest in the body? Together with colleagues we work with salsa and cumbia. For us, questioning the representation of gender roles in these tropical styles with its heteronormative couple dance is an important concern. However, beyond the aesthetic and artistic form, we are also concerned with the Música Tropical as an expression of political action through history, lyrics, rhythm and social context.


Concept: Juliana Piquero Rosenberg / Choreography: Juliana Piquero, Jair Luna / Performance: Catalina Fernández, Jair Luna, Juliana Piquero / Music, sound, lighting: Catalina Fernández

This project is supported by Sophiensaele, Tanztage Berlin and Garage Tanz Berlin.



The project is based on a research that studies problems about lack of definition in relation to body and identity, temporality and meaning. The starting point of the artwork is the soundtrack of David Lynch´s mystery film Mulholland Drive. How can we use the soundtrack of the film as a choreographic partiture? We use dubbing, synchronization and transcription as mechanisms for the creation system. Based on the dialogues, the melodies and the incidental sounds we translate scenes into the choreographic work. We develop scores with different time units, in which the game between movement, sound and text disassemble the film sequence creating new meanings or fading them. We question the role of the body as a subjective mediator between the film track and an audience.

The material it has been developed in the context of PACT Zollverein  together with Catalina Fernández, Alex Viteri and Maya Weinberg.






IMG_4192“The starting point of Juliana Piquero´s research is to deal with ambiguity, studying problems of in-definition. In order to explore this, she addresses the illegible from coding. She develops practices with text, sound and objects finding in overlapping one way to generate mechanisms of illegibility. Coming from dance Piquero questions what happens if choreography is sound? Using partitures and transcription as creation systems, she develops practices in which different overlays generate what she names “Built Uncertainty”, creating a framework where silence claims its existence. One of her practices deals with her body as the mediator between a film track and the audience; removing and overlapping layers that fade meanings and question how much we are able to perceive and understand”. A. Elena Azzedin

Concept / Performance: Juliana Piquero Rosenberg

Centro Negra – Prácticas Contemporáneas, Murcia /  Espacio B, Madrid



Vibes for Utopia

research results by fanni fraktal

fanni fraktal is back from North Rhine-Westphalia and happy to show the results of Dance Research NRW#5 in Studio 44 in Berlin. In our trans-active, mediative and performative session you will hear many voices that speak about a different society, as they criticize the present one. We use the energetic potential of these speeches in combination with light, sound and movement to create collective atmospheres with you.

vibes for utopia

a.o.with voices and speeches from:
Bini Adamczak, Oliver Kontny, Angela Davis, Tümay Kılınçel, Malcom X, Serhat Karakayalı, Rosa Luxemburg, Cornel West, Barack Obama, Judith Butler, Rudi Dutschke, Rakel Dink, Jana Pareigis, Sibylle Schmidt, Bob Marley, Helke Sander, Christine Delphy, Ruhi Su, Kanak Attak, Ghislaine Soissong, Patrice Lumumba, Liana Kanelli, Pilar Ayala, Alexandra Kollontai, Salvador Allende, Saul Williams, Yılmaz Güney

vibes for utopia_i

Idea/Concept: fanni fraktal Performance: Jasmin İhraç, Juliana Piquero Stage/Light/Sound: Catalina Fernández Costumes: Katharina Flemming Photos: Roland Laub

In the frame of Dance Research NRW the collective fanni fraktal worked for three months at Brotfabrik Bonn. On the basis of two examples – carnival and public political speeches – the research dealt with dynamics of collectivity, how collective energy can be generated and which physical states it implies. The main aspects of these concrete examples were translated into abstract principles like (des)crescendo and constant repetition and used for the work with different media.


Tanzrecherche NRW – Carnival and Speech

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carnival and speech

The research project of fanni fraktal deals with the notion of the collective as it is evoked in president speeches and the festive event of carnival. The artists are interested in the different ways (imagined) social cohesion can be generated. Therefore the research will deal with two examples that will be used as a trigger for movement research and camera work. In both cases a sense of togetherness is created differently.


The Walking Cube

kanak attak

the walking cube

This performance by Kanak Attak deals with migrants’ struggle for living space and with the residential-space allocation policies as applied to them. The Walking Cube, which consists of four walls and a ceiling, is a restless mobile house. The performance takes up the question – with and inside the house – of ‘guest worker’ accommodation and examines the present situation of refugees living in residential containers, as well as the restriction of the movement of refugees to their local districts.

This programme will be curated by Kanak Attak, a Germany-wide anti-racist network that has been in existence since 1998. In its political interventions, Kanak Attak criticises, in a variety of ways and with the aid of diverse media, the dominant economic and political conditions in Almanya and does all it can to create a public awareness of the lived realities of immigrants of both gender. Kanak Attak wants people to stop seeing ethnic identities and roles in terms of ‘we’ and ‘them’.

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Photos: kanak attak