In 1969, two gold prospectors discover, in the deepest Colombian jungle, an unknown human settlement, supposedly cannibalistic, that they try to communicate with without success. It is only with the arrival of Swiss/Colombian researcher Roberto Franco, also in 1969, that information on these people was secured: at the end of the 19th century, an indigenous people isolated themselves in the forest, disappearing from governmental records in order to protect themselves from drug dealers, settlers and their illnesses .  

Starting from real documented events, and with its avocation as laboratory of artistic experimentation, Mapa Teatro gathers visual and auditory materials as well as testimony to create a new “ethno-fiction” crossing social imagination and poetic research. By storytelling and videos Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden cast light on the fate of the indigenous Latin American communities beset by environmental violence. 

March 2020, strict confinement is decreed in Colombia for almost a year. With the isolation experienced by the Mapa Teatro, the initial reflection extends to the effects of this experience on the bodies and on the gaze that one fixes on the lesser modes of existence of these invisible communities, in permanent risk of extinction.


  • Language

    ES surtitrage FR, NL

  • Venue

    Grande Salle

  • Duration



  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday


  • Concept and direction
    Heidi Abderhalden
    Rolf Abderhalden

    Heidi Abderhalden
    Rolf Abderhalden
    Aljosha Belgrish

    Performed by
    Heidi Abderhalden
    Agnes Brekke
    Andrés Castañeda
    Julián Díaz
    Santiago Sepúlveda

    Special guests
    Jorge Alirio Melo
    Levi Andoque

    Music and Sound Designer
    Juan Ernesto Díaz

    Lighting designer
    Mathias Roche

    Space designer
    Rolf Abderhalden

    Set construction
    LR.Space (Berlin)

    Costume designer
    Elizabeth Abderhalden

    Objects designer
    Jose Ignacio Rincón
    Santiago Sepúlveda

    Javier Hernández
    Fausto Díaz
    Mónica Torregrosa

    Video editing
    Heidi Abderhalden
    Fausto Díaz
    John de los Ríos
    Ximena Vargas

  • Live video
    Ximena Vargas

    Stage manager
    Santiago Sepúlveda

    Technical director Colombia
    Cécile Bickart

    Technical director Europe tour
    Alvaro Guisado

    Mapa Teatro
    José Ignacio Rincón
    Ximena Vargas.

    Executive production for France, Belgium and Swizterland
    Le phénix scène nationale Pôle européen de création à Valenciennes

    Ruhrtriennale, Mousonturm, Culturescapes, Le phénix scène nationale Pôle européen de création à Valenciennes avec Next Festival, Théâtre de la Ville avec le Festival d’Automne à Paris

    Iberescena, 11 Berlin Biennale, Naves Matadero, Siemens Stiftung

    Foundation for Arts Initiatives Ffai

    Special thanks to
    David Lapoujade, Apitachtong Weerazethakul, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Tilda Swinton, Roberto Franco (In memoriam), Germán Castro Caycedo (In memoriam), Goethe-Institut Kolumbien