“Main character syndrome” is a social media/pop culture invention in which a person behaves as if they were the main character of a fictional story. The performance uses this notion to explore and challenge senses of selfhood and togetherness in times of pornographic narcissism. It blurs the lines between personal and fictional, experienced and represented, individual and relational. Mirrored dances and satirical laments compose a choreography of hope and delusion, psychological exhaustion and soothing intimacy.
Juan Pablo Cámara is an Argentinean-born, Berlin-based choreographer and performer who graduated from the School for new Dance Development in Amsterdam. Hailing from a country renowned for its psychoanalytical traditions, he harnesses his own (non-traditional) psychoanalytical practice to explore the boundaries between the personal, the fictional, the cultural. Central to his artistic vision is a fascination with artificiality and hyper-theatricality as tools for world-making and identity construction. By employing elements of irony, absurdity, and skepticism, he challenges conventional notions and prompts viewers to critically engage with the processes through which identities are shaped and narratives are formed. He has performed in theatres and museums across Europe, North and South America, and collaborated with artists such as Michele Rizzo, Jefta van Dinther, Adam Linder. He was in residency at Sophiensæle in the frame of the New Techniques residency program 2022.
CONCEPT, CHOREOGRAPHY Juan Pablo Cámara PERFORMANCE BY AND WITH Liina Magnea, Juan Pablo Cámara SOUND DESIGN Mauro Guz Bejar LIGHT DESIGN Emilio Cordero Checa SET DESIGN Jessica Andrey Bogush DRAMATURGICAL ADVISE Karol Tyminski MAKE UP Queen of Virginity COSTUMES Juliane König, Juan Pablo Cámara, Liina Magnea SPECIAL THANKS Maciek Sado, Ewa Dziarnowska, Zander Porter, Maja Zimmermann, Mateusz Szymanówka, Jefta van Dinther
A production by Juan Pablo Cámara in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE within the frame of Leisure & Pleasure, supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. With kind support by Diorama Berlin. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.