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OMNI TOXICA | Paula Chaves Bonilla

OMNI TOXICA is a journalistic and forensic performative ritual on the history of Coca and how it passed from being a green, sacred, medicinal plant into a whitewashed, capitalist, toxic product: cocaine. The project borrows strategies from journalism, spiritism, narco culture, alchemy and activism to construct a dystopian laboratory. Here the politics of death behind what we call the Coca-Cocaine-Cola complex are revealed as the continuation of a neo-colonial order in place. In OMNI TOXICA the coca plant machiavellizes its own court case while shedding light on the incoherent gap between justice and legality, between wellness and toxicity that overshadows this whole multibillion-dollar industry.

About Paula Chaves Bonilla

The Colombian theatre and dance maker, performer and queer activist, Paula Chaves Bonilla, is currently based in the Netherlands. After her dance and circus studies in New York, Bogota and Berlin she got a bachelor’s degree in Choreography at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. She has worked as a choreographic assistant and dancer for Amanda Piña (nadaproductions) on the long-term project Endangered Human Movements and has recently started a collaboration with visual artist Hilda Moucharrafieh. Paula’s last two pieces Paraart and Against the Wall are part of a long-term research on the relationship between art, propaganda and neoliberalism in the West. In 2019 she was awarded the 3Package Deal fund for International Talents by AFK within the ‘engaged art’ coalition.

Tour dates

18 – 10 – 2019
Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam
19 – 10 – 2019
Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam
14 – 11 – 2019
Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
15 – 11 – 2019
Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
16 – 11 – 2019
Veem House for Performance, Amsterdam
24 – 03 – 2020
WORM, Rotterdam (postponed due to COVID-19)
21 – 08 – 2020
Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zürich (postponed due to Covid-19)
22 – 08 – 2020
Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zürich (postponed due to Covid-19)
03 – 09 – 2020
My Wild Flag Festival, Stockholm
04 – 09 – 2020
My Wild Flag Festival, Stockholm

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Credits

Concept & artistic direction
Paula Chaves Bonilla
Choreography
Thais Di Marco & Paula Chaves Bonilla
Performance
Nadia Bekkers, Thais Di Marco, Paula Chaves Bonilla,
Visual artist/scenographer
Natalia Sorzano
Sound artist
Nadia Bekkers
Dramaturgy/artistic advice
Rodrigo Batista
Research
Natalia Chaves, Paula Chaves Bonilla
Light design & technical support
Dana Claasen
Produced by
Veem House for Performance & Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam
Supported by
Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

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