Photo: Dieter Hartwig
Josep Caballero studied contemporary dance in Barcelona (Spain), at CNDC d’Angers (France) and at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen (Germany), where he completed his studies.
From 1994, he worked as a professional dancer for different choreographers—Pina Bausch, Urs Dietrich, Doris Stelzer and Xavier le Roy, among others—with whom he explored different aesthetics.
Since 2006, Caballero lives in Berlin and works as a freelance dancer and choreographer.
In 2009 he started a research regarding The Rite of Spring, focusing on the relationship between historical issues, gendered physicality and dance biographies. He received support from tanzhaus nrw and K3- Tanzplan Hamburg where he did residencies in 2010 and 2011, during which he developed a Sacre tribology: Ne danse pas si tu ne veux pas; No ‘rait of spring; SACRES.
Since doing a residency at K3-Tanzplan Hamburg, he cultivates an artistic relation with Hamburg where he gives workshops, develops choreographies and collaborates with other artists.
In 2013, he won the jury award at the Festival 638 Kg in Essen for his solo SACRES. He was invited at the German Dance Platform in 2014 to participate in Pitching, a program for young choreographers.
During that same year, he created T/HE/Y—a coproduction between Kampnagel Hamburg and HAU Berlin, pursuing his research on gender, performativity and biographies, focussing on masculinity and non-normative gender identities. This piece was developed in collaboration with two performers from Berlin’s underground scene: Océan Le Roy and Black Cracker, as well as with Swiss drummer Alexandre Maurer.
For his latest production, YBRIDE, he worked with performers with hybrid identities. Together, they explored their own biographies in regard to the intersectionality theory. YBRIDE was also developed in collaboration with British composer Paul Norman and Canadian visual artist Carl Trahan. The piece was created in coproduction with Kampnagel Hamburg and Theater Freiburg.
Since 2006, he works as an artist in dance projects for children and young people at regular schools and other formats. He works in Hamburg and Berlin with TanzZeit e.V, K3- Tanzplan Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and HAJUSOM Hamburg, among others.
In May 2016 he is going to show his last work for young public Ich bin doch mehrere at Tanzspielzeit Podewil Berlin.