Ariadna Rubio Lleó / a company

language no problem


                                                                                                                                           May 2019           
Dear Pocahontas,                                                                                      

I am going to make a performance in which I play you!

Usually I am cast as a Latina cleaning lady or some exotic whore, because of the way I look, but finally, here’s a wonderful opportunity for me.

I take the Walt Disney’s picture as a reference to work on. You look so beautiful in this movie, a really nice example how to live pure and close to nature. Your John, the cute and muscular Englishman, in which you completely fall for, isn’t wrong either. Jeez, what a guns on that guy! Things don’t come easy for you two in the movie, but I think that you are very brave to face you strict father. A true sign of emancipation. I later read on Wikipedia, that John was actually 40 years old and you were only 12, is that true? Hope not.

Anyway.. the performance I am going to make, is as well about doing something that actually shouldn’t be allowed. Appropriation, of sorts. But with stories. A bit like we Europeans have done with ‘you people’, right?



In Pocahontas mime-performance-maker Ariadna Rubio Lleó (known from theatercollective Schwalbe) explores her confused identity with a western sense of guilt and arrogance.

Ariadna studied Mime in Amsterdam and graduated in 2008. With her graduation class she co-founded theatercollective Schwalbe. Schwalbe has created different shows that played in The Netherlands and abroad. They won the Theater prize of the BNG bank in 2016 and were nominated for the VSCD Mime prize. Pocahontas is Ariadna’s first solo project.

concept & perfomance Ariadna Rubio Lleó dramaturgy Aukje Verhoog costume & set advice Martina Lebert light design advice Joost Giesken   

WARNING: this isn't a childrens performance          



70 minuten