„Parce que ce qui a été (l´histoire) s´inscrit dans les choses et dans les corps, chaque jour que dure un pouvoir voit s´accroître
la part d´irreversible avec laquelle doivent compter ceux qui veulent le renverser“ Pierre Boudieu
A 3-part choreographic intervention by Josep Caballero García/ Queerpraxis
# 1 Kampnagel Hamburg
# 2 District Berlin (cancelled)
# 3 Leuphana University Lünerburg (cancelled)
Raimunda is probably a woman by name. But actually she is an allegorical figure, for the history of hidden, invisible identities dwarfed by patriarchy or other power structures.
WHO´S AFRAID OF RAIMUNDA is the second work by Josep Caballero García as part of the two-year project "Queer Crusades" funded in the frame of Fonds Doppelpasse by the Federal Cultural Foundation.
Last season, Josep Caballero García began to devote himself to culturally traditional concepts of relationships, including their normative myths of desire and power fantasies.
With WHO'S AFRAID OF RAIMUNDA, Josep Caballero Garcia & team now use literary and musical set pieces from medieval Iberia, which pursue the hedonistic desire for a religious, as well as sexual, free life. However, what read itself as a possible utopia at the beginning of the research turned out to be a homosexual but no less partriarchal relationship concept in which women do not occur.
So WHO'S AFRAID OF RAIMUNDA is dedicated to the occurrence of whoever Raimunda is. For Josep Caballero Garcia, she embodies the lustful resistance against repressive mechanisms of power and exclusion. In its premiere in Lüneburg, followed by a Hamburg and Berlin version, everyone will be Raimunda: The performers will design new options from historical facts and reconfigure traditional images and roles of our cultural bodies. Once again, the company Queerpraxis - Josep Caballero Garcìa, the composers Thomas Dorsch and Alexandre Maurer, 12 musicians of the Lüneburg Symphony Orchestra, the performers Lea Martini, Enis Turan, Göksu Kunak aka Gucci Chunk, the artist Claudia Hill, the light designer Eliott Cennetoglu and the dramaturge Anne Kersting work across genres and premiere a choreographic and musical intervention at Kampnagel Hamburg.
The premiere at Kampnagel (22 - 24 October, 2020) will be followed by two further stage versions, which will be presented on District Berlin (25 - 27 November, 2020) and in the foyer of the central building of Leuphana University at Lüneburg ( 29 - 31 January 2021).
Various encounters with public will take place during the production process, under the title RAIMUNDA SHARES:
RAIMUNDA BUILDS A FLAG: a nationality- and identity-free flag is created by sewing together with the people from the respective cities and is hosted by the team ( 13-16 August 2020, International Summer Festival Kampnagel)
RAIMUNDA TALKS: In addition to the process of sewing together, we are planning public discussions, readings and lectures on the topic of "Diversity" and "Open Society". An audio- installation with contributions of 5 thinkers and artists is going to take place during the International Summer Festival Kampnagel- 13-16 August 2020). With: Paula- Irene Villa, Leyla Jagliella, Aslan, Pepetual Mforte Chiangong and Claude Jansen.
Artistic Direction, Choreography, Performance: Josep Caballero García
Performance: Göksu Kunak aka Gucci Chunk, Lea Martini, Enis Turan
Musicians: Lüneburg Symphony Orchestra
Composition, Musical Direction: Thomas Dorsch
Composition. Sound: Alexandre J. Maurer
Dramaturgy: Anne Kersting
Costume, Props: Claudia Hill
Assistance Costume: Emilia Patrignani and Diane Esnault
Licht Design: Eliott Cennetoglu
Vocal Training: Jule Flierl
Project Management: Barbara Greiner
A production by Queerpraxis GbR/ Josep Caballero García with Kampnagel Hamburg and Theater Lüneburg
Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Funded by Fonds Doppelpass of the Federal Cultural Foundation and by
Supported by Elbkulturfonds of Hamburg
Photos: Simone Scardovelli