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Insider: Unwrapping Reality

  • Cristina Maldonado
  • May 13th - 15th 2022
  • Kiezkapelle | Berlin

A performance at the intersection of virtual and physical reality

Stripped Works
Two people are sitting at a table. One of them is wearing vr glasses and is observing a small, blue wool ball. © David Hanko

»Insider: Unwrapping Reality« mediates a perceptual laboratory in which the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds are questioned in an attempt to reflect on what everyday lived reality actually means.
»Insider: Unwrapping Reality« is a mixed reality performance for one person at a time that plays with the overlap of presence. It is a sensorial experience that uses the combination of touchscapes and immersive video to create parallel realities that confront the viewer with the question of how much to engage with the tactile world and how much with the visual. How to exist simultaneously in both realities, the virtual and the physical? The choices of each viewer, create a particular way of investigating and experiencing the proposed world.
This sensorial experience occurs in interaction with strangers - some of them virtual, some of them of real flesh and blood-; the viewer decides how to relate to them using different modes of attention: observing, imagining, imitating, opposing, ignoring, embodying another or even disembodying him/herself. »The Insider« engages the viewer in a continuous negotiation between the need for following one’s agency - differentiating oneself from others-, and adapting and reshaping oneself to be with the other.

»Insider: Unwrapping Reality« does not pretend to benefit from VR to create empathy among people, if something, it promotes empathy towards oneself, the presence of others being a bridge to self-awareness.

The performance is designed for two people, is in English and lasts 60 minutes.

The performances are accompanied by the facilitation format »Response to go« with Theaterscoutings Berlin and the audio walk »A conversation with the New St. Jacobi Cemetery«.

Response to go
Response to go is an invitation to share impressions via a closed messenger chat and learn about the perception of your fellow audience members.
This post-performance discussion takes place in the bathtub. Or on the S-Bahn. During breakfast or the cigarette after. We will be searching for traces of the production in our own everyday lives; we will continue to write the story of the production digitally on our smartphones. We will post photos, sounds, text or videos, receive tasks, pose questions. We will choose the time and place ourselvesand, by the way, we will remain anonymous.
To participate to the digital post-performance discussion »Response to go« we only need your permission to invite you to the closed messenger chat.

A conversation with the New St. Jacobi Cemetery
Notes on memorial through an audiowalk. We accompany you for 30 minutes and show you thoughts and places that are growing here. Stones, fossils and gifts in a place where living and leaving co-exist.

By Eva Rosemarijn, Lamija Čehajić, Cristina Maldonado

Produced by Terén.

With the support of Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes and Sistema de Apoyos a la Creación y Proyectos Culturales (FONCA), Mexico.
Part of: »Beyond Touring: Reality Surfing and Insider tour project at Tatwerk, Terén and Transit Foundation«, supported by Creative Europe Perform Europe program.
Media partner is taz. die tageszeitung.

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May 13th – 15th 2022
Performances at
11 am | 12:30 pm | 2:00 pm | 4:30 pm | 6:00 pm | 7:30 pm

Kiezkapelle | Berlin
Hermannstraße 99-102

12 € | 7 € reduced
*Tickets must be purchased in advance, there is no box office!

The performances are accompanied by the facilitation format "Response to go" with Theaterscoutings Berlin

For the safety of the audience and performers, please bring a negative Corona test taken in the last 24 hours. If you feel sick, please stay home.



Director: Cristina Maldonado*
Devisers and performers: Cristina Maldonado, Eva Rosemarijn, Lea Kukovičič, Keya Singh
Performers: Isa Juchniewicz, Lamija Čehajić
Dramaturg consultant: Sodja Lotker
Sound design: Andres Silva
Anthropologist and conceptual consultant: Fernanda Eugenio
Technical consultant: Pascal Silondi
Objects creator: Isa Juchniewicz

3D print: William Holmes
Press: Anita Goß
Technics: Lola Tseytlin
Producer: Lea Kukovičič, Cristina Maldonado, Keya Singh, Lamija Čehajić, Eva Rosemarijn
Production Manager: Soňa Borodáčová, Kristína Čajkovičová (Terén)
This project is part of the author’s series »The Stranger Gets a Gift«
Special thanks to Maria Cavina, jedefrau.org
Thanks to research support and volunteers: Theresa Schrezenmeir, Lamija Čehajić, Ana Dinger, Liaman Khankishiyeva
*Sistema Nacional de Creadores del Arte


Cristina Maldonado is a Mexican intermedia artist based in Prague (CZ), working in the fields of immersive art, participatory and relational art, video-performance, performative writing and site-specific performances. For the last two decades, she has been working independently directing, performing, mentoring and leading workshops. Currently, she is focused on the concepts of mediation and uncharted human relationships. She works with devised theatre and dialogical methodologies and she is researching how to bring art further into the process of creating knowledge.