Soy Bárbara Sánchez. Este es el nombre de la que firma los contratos y paga los impuestos. Luego están las otras. Todas las que se han ido encarnando por el camino. No son distintas, no son fugas de identidad, sino posibilidades de ser que se han desplegado a lo largo del tiempo. Las otras vienen a desvelar fracturas y cambios de plano de un autorretrato imposible siempre borroso e inacabado. Desde los comienzos me he dedicado a observar mi reflejo. Ahí encuentro la necesidad: desde el otro lado, a veces aparece una llamada que es como una caída inevitable. Lo que precede al sentido es siempre el arrebato. Desde allí llegaron Isadora, La Pálida, Ella… Y desde allí llega ahora VáRVARA, la gurú del mistik bakala.


VáRVARA is a solo piece.

Or rather: VáRVARA is a female solo piece. One woman on the stage holding together the whole show with her body. This classic image in the history of dance is the starting point of this quest, which explores the boundaries between choreography and ecstasy.

The project takes inspiration from the idea of ‘choreopolitics’, a term coined by André Lepecki. Thus, VáRVARA proposes an approach to the idea of rapture. Rapture understood as an impulse that frees movement from any control or surveillance. Rapture taken as the possibility of free choreography. And freedom as a mandate.

VáRVARA is once again a self-portrait. But this time from the other side. “There is no ecstasy without fear”, writes Angélica Lidell. The experience of being joined together, as pointed out by José Ángel Valente, leads to the dissolution of the classical system that reduces the world to a sterile system of opposites: neither man nor woman; neither day nor night; neither heaven nor earth, neither a mad woman nor a wise one. And this dissolution, inevitably, leads us to look at one another face to face, to look at that which has no name, with our monsters, with the broken reflection of what we have never been. Fear is the face that shows from the other side.

VáRVARA revisits the sound culture that was born at the beginning of the 80’s along the East coast of Spain, a particularly Spanish techno. Beyond its later negative connotation, this movement created a small possibility of freedom that, later, we were careful to silence and ignore. A culture grew up around this electronic, radical and essentially emotional sound, in which dance was the expression of a possibility for resistance and freedom. A flight beyond the logic of day and night. Dancing until you burst.

Nostalgia is for the weak. Melancholy is for the deaf. VáRVARA does not miss a beat. Her skin is all ears. She knows that techno music is merely the door to rapture. Her faith remains the ecstasy, the promise of a final union. May the souls be raised! Now it is time to call out, dance again until the Other appears, the Power able to transform our gaze and make us burst with Love.


Direction, choreography & performance: Bárbara Sánchez
Dramaturgy in collaboration with: Jaime Conde-Salazar
Lighting design: Benito Jiménez
Costume design: Roberto Martínez
Music: Sonido Valencia