The description dancer-choreographer fits Catalan artist Josep Caballero García to a tee, but not because he dances in his choreographies himself. His work takes a perspective that shifts the role of the dancer into a controversial light, revealing the precarious nature of asserted self-identities. On the basis of this realisation, Josep Caballero García places his own artistic work – poetically, personally and politically – in a firmly critical context in relation to the history and practice of dance. In the past, he has danced for Urs Dietrich, Roxane Huilmand and Pina Bausch – choreographers who demanded devotion and passion. In the end, he found that he – the dancer who had given his all – was left with nothing. His trilogy on “Le Sacre du Printemps” was right on the mark of the long overdue debate about copyright in dance in the anniversary year of this seminal modern work.
Amidst all the cleverly thought out conceptions, in García’s work, it is still the dance itself – from fleeting gestures to no-holds-barred use of the body – which has a lasting effect and holds the key to the cosmos of this highly promising choreographer and experienced dancer, both artistically and ethically. “Ne danse pas si tu ne veux pas” – don’t dance if you don’t want to –, the first part of the trilogy, shows an encounter between a man, García, and an eleven-year-old boy in which the ritual sacrifice becomes a child’s game and the power split between the adult and the child is kept in a delicate balance. In “No [’rait] of Spring” he discovers ballerinas with character. In “SACRES”, he declares dance to be a political space with brutal honesty.
No [’rait] of spring (2013)
3 performers, stage 10 x 10 m, 60 min
solo, stage 10 x 10 m, 33 min
Ne danse pas si tu ne veux pas (2012)
2 performers, stage 10 x 10 m, 55 min
Josep Caballero García studied contemporary dance in Barcelona and at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine – Angers (France) and completed his studies at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. In 1994, he began working as a dancer for choreographers including Pina Bausch, Urs Dietrich, Doris Stelzer and Xavier le Roy.
Since 2006, he has been based in Berlin, where he works as a freelance dancer and choreographer. In 2009 he began his research into “Le Sacre du Printemps”, intensifying his explorations during two residencies at tanzhaus nrw and K3 – Centre for Choreography in Hamburg. The outcome was his Sacre trilogy: “Ne danse pas si tu ne veux pas”, “No [’rait] of spring” and “SACRES”.