Josep Caballero studied contemporary dance in Barcelona (Spain), at CNDC d’Angers (France) and at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen (Germany), where he completed his studies.
From 1994, he worked as a professional dancer for different choreographers—Pina Bausch, Urs Dietrich, Doris Stelzer and Xavier le Roy, among others, with whom he explored different aesthetics. Since 2006, Caballero lives in Berlin and works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. In 2009 he started a research regarding The Rite of Spring, focusing on the relationship between historical issues, gendered physicality and dance biographies. He received support from tanzhaus nrw and K3- Tanzplan Hamburg where he did residencies in 2010 and 2011, during which he developed a Sacre trilogy: Ne danse pas si tu ne veux pas; No ‘rait of spring; SACRES. In 2013, he won the jury award at the Festival 638 Kg in Essen for his solo SACRES. He was invited to the German Dance Platform in 2014 to participate in a program for young choreographers.
In 2015 he created T/HE/Y—a coproduction between Kampnagel Hamburg and HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, pursuing his research on gender, performativity and biographies, focusing on masculinity and non-normative gender identities. This piece was developed in collaboration with two performers from Berlin’s underground scene: Océan Le Roy and Blck Crckr, as well as with Swiss composer and drummer Alexandre Maurer.
In YBRIDE he worked with performers on hybrid identities. Together, they explored their own biographies in regard to intersectionality theory. YBRIDE was also developed in collaboration with British composer Paul Norman and Canadian visual artist Carl Trahan. The piece was created in co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg and Theater Freiburg.
In his latest work, Solange die Nach wirbelt (As long as the night twirls) five queer performers from North
Africa and Europe immersed themselves in excessive physical states, inspired by transitional rituals of traditional cultures and based on biographical experiences. The work premiered at HAU Hebbel am Ufer and was also presented at Kampnagel Hamburg.
In the next two years he will continue to explore around gender and cultural identities considering queerness as an artistic practice. Within the project „Queere Kreuzzüge“ two productions will be created MELANCHOLíA in 2018/2019 and Queer Iberia in 2019/2020. The whole project is supported by the Fonds Doppelpass funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and is realized in collaboration with Kampnagel and Theater Lüneburg. Another partner for this two productions will be HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Since 2006 he combines his work as an artist with dance projects for children and young people. He gives workshops in schools or offers other formats together with organisations like TanzZeit e.V. Berlin, K3 Tanzplan Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, JTW Spandau and HAJUSOM Hamburg.