Sat 21 October 2023 at 7pm
Sun 22 October 2023 at 2pm
The Jamie Watton Creation Space at The Dance Space

CHARCO by Pepa Ubera, Underground Flower Project Space, Disused Leisure Centre, Belsize Park, London 2021. Photo by Henri Kisielewski.


Dive into the captivating world of CHARCO - a unique performance installation set in a dystopian future in which all plant and animal life on earth has died away.

In this speculative scenario, CHARCO (meaning ‘puddle’ in Spanish) invites us to imagine ‘cyborg landscapes’, expansive spaces in which the moving body seeks out new relationships between infrastructure, nature, and society. Audiences will encounter a group of humans exploring ways of being alive together in a piece that interrogates our connection to the non-human world.

The performance installation combines choreographic scores performed by a group of dancers, interactive technology, and a sonic landscape that includes text and poems.

CHARCO, a world premiere for The Dance Space, is an episode of a larger research and multidisciplinary artistic project, The Machine of Horizontal Dreams (2023-25) by Pepa Ubera, that examines, questions and re-imagines ideas of progress.

Pepa Ubera, (she/her) is an artist and a dancer originally from Spain and based in London. In her interdisciplinary practice she has worked with text, video, light, creating works for theatre and site responsive space and curated performance events. Her current research explores narratives of progress/success in relation to the sensual body, the non-human and technology. Ubera has presented work in the UK, Europe, Australia and Chile in venues such as Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Tate Modern, Barbican and the Hayward Gallery.

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Concept & choreography: Pepa Ubera
Performance & co-creation: Flora Baltz, Samir Kennedy, Tania Soubry, Laura Doehler
Creative producer: Zarina Rossheart
Creative technology: Craig Appleby
Sound: Laur Rozier
Costume: Lambdog1066
Dramaturgical support: Martin Hargraves
Text: Alice MacKenzie & Pepa Ubera
Production Manager: Bartosz Dylewski
Videos: Pepa Ubera / Octopus video: Michele Watson
VFX: Rob Heppel 
Post-production: Gerard Ortín & Jesus Ubera

Supported and commissioned by South East Dance, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Wainsgate Dances, Institute of Creative Technologies at De Montfort University, Dance4 and Siobhan Davies Dance. Supported using public funds from Arts Council England.

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