Sonia Franken (DEU/ UK) and Gonzalo Barahona (CHL) form El Cuco Projekt and work together artistically on the creation of the masks and hybrid creatures as well as on their animation and bizarre performances.

Together with guest artists they experiment with articulating Choreography and Visual Art in a creative autonomous combination. With animal masks, human bodies in movement generate dissimilar characters. They become sculptures, paintings and cartoons at the same time: they are simultanously animal, human AND thing. 


Sonia Frankens visual arrangement processes and movement research complement each other in her choreographic processes. As a choreographer and performer she is a founding member of diverse performance collectives such as El Cuco Projekt (since 2014), Kollektiv Bauchladen Monopol (2006 – 2015) and Polar Publik (since 2020). She has a rich and diversified experience in teaching, is a certified IOKAI Shiatsu Practioner and completed her dance studies in Rotterdam/ NL (BA Dance Education) and Cologne (MA Dance Studies). WEBSITE

Gonzalo Barahona
works on paintings, drawings, sculptures and stage design. He completed his studies in Santiago de Chile (Diploma Visual Art) in Hamburg ( MA Film, Animation) and is currently working on his PHD project in Visual Arts at the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Hamburg. WEBSITE

Guest Artists are: Jimin Seo, Margherita dello Sbarba, Carla Jordao, Daniela Riebesam (Dance / Performance) aswell as Lena Thelen (Costumes), Valerij Lisac, Timm Roller, Inwoo Jung (Composition), Li Kemme, Marcelo Omine, Jan Jedenak, Benedetta Reuter, Barbara Fuchs, Eva Maria Baumeister (Outside Eyes) Julia Franken (Foto, Dokumentation, Trailer)

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