Pau(la) Chaves Bonilla

House of Desaparecidxs

Part of “¡PROTAGONISTAS! Resistance Feminisms Revolution”


English /  English surtitles /  Spanish /  approx. 70 mins.

Photograph of a stage situation in the dark. Candles burn in a circle in the middle of a scaffolding.
A person in a ski mask in the foreground. In the background are pictures of the dissidents.
A person sits in the middle of a scaffolding and holds a lit match in his hand. She wears a horned mask.
The person moves while crouching. She is wearing a ski mask with ACAB embroidered on it.

A hooded character named La ChicaScratch embarks on a generational journey to uncover the hidden history of her mother, a young militant activist in 1970s Colombia. In the process, she reflects on her own journey: the dark reasons that led her to flee Colombia for political exile in the Netherlands ten years ago. Pau(la) Chaves Bonilla's new performance “House of Desaparecidxs” is the testimony of one among thousands of Colombians who fled the country to save their lives. People who had no choice but to leave their homes after being threatened because of their political affiliation, as sexual dissidents, as community representatives, or because they sought justice for criminalized, disappeared, or murdered relatives. “House of Desaparecidxs” opens its doors to these censored stories. We enter a utopian space where we travel through non-linear memories of the present, future, and past, and the line between the realm of life and death blurs. “House of Desaparecidxs” evolves into a technology of resistance in exile, finding a way to restore dialogue with its origins and history. A speculative world – in this case a neon psychedelic haunted house – materializes as a reparative political and spiritual act. The dialogue between embodied archived memories, recorded text messages on Whatsapp, fragments of zoom interviews, manifestation of ghosts from another world and live testimonies.


Concept & performance: Pau(la) Chaves Bonilla / Research: Natalia Chaves Lopez & Pau(la) Chaves Bonilla / Dramaturgy: Ogutu Muraya / Scenography: Nadia Bekkers / Scenographic Painting: Rasureitor / Somatic Movement research guidance: Lux Sauer / Outside eye: Natalia Sorzano / Costume and Styling: Rasureitor / Videoanimation: Ro Buur and Alejandro Orjuela / Music by: Naturaleza Suprema, Maquifera and Indus / Light design: Mathisse Coornaert / Technical support: Nadia Bekkers / Political Cartel compilation and rap selector: Rasureitor / Production Assistance: Lina Lanas / Video Animation: Ro Buur / Music by: Naturaleza Suprema, La Farmakos, Indus


  • Past
    German premiere
    Wed 28.6.2023, 19:00 / HAU3
    Thu 29.6.2023, 19:00 / HAU3


Production: Veem House for Performance. Co-production: ICI-CCN de Montpellier – Occitanie as part of Life Long Burning supported by the Cultural Programme of the European Union.


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