El sueño de las CATTLEYAS 

 Circo contemporáneo, performance y artes visuales 

(en creación 2019-2020)

"Blizzards of icy air run on a spring day over a field of blooming cattleyas. The dreaming mind flickers as a cloud of pollen envelops it, materializing the nascent and ancestral Murasaki. The dream party lasts a whole cycle. Between birth and death, red and demonic nightmares embellish the feast that enters through the mouth and shines with the fall of the first autumn leaf. The bleeding fruit reaches the ground and melts sticky like a cold snowflake, like the deep blue winter ... purple like death.

The black emptiness floods the dreaming mind ... soft shapes are drawn as sketches of new creations. And the being of feathers is born, the white Tsuru, who continues her flight to the sun. ... Then the dreaming mind wakes up and the cattleya dies". 

"Wax statues, perfect immortals, fragile and empty"

(Andrea Paola, 2016)


Murasaki, Japanese word that means violet and Cattleya, specie of orchid typical of Colombia, are the protagonists of this creation. The work transits through the dream of orchids, place where Murasaki is born; a violet and reddish cattleya that lives an entire cycle from birth to death during the 4 seasons of the year, mutating from one essence to another in its development.


Murasaki is a woman, demon, goddess, flower, crane, snow. She´s the irrefutable phases of life and death of nature. She´s is cyclical, ancestral, she´s not governed by the parameters of rationality and ordinary logic, she does not respect aesthetics or definition. She is a contradiction: beauty, ugliness, light, darkness, goddess, demon, goodness, evil, heaven, earth, sublime, earthly, heat, cold, calm, storm, peace, terror, creation, destruction.


Murasaki is a dreamlike and floral journey into the depths of the collective unconscious from which the archetypes of the feminine, life, death and its metaphorical expression emerge through the ephemeral life of flowers. It is also a symbol of what lies beyond the cycles. It is the transition to essence, the liberation of the wheel of Samsara.


Original idea, direction and interpreter: Andrea Paola Martínez

Genre: contemporary circus, performance and video art

Duration: 50 minutes one-person performance

Circus techniques: fan manipulation, inverted equilibria, contortion, capillary suspension, aerobatics (with ropes and mesh).

Japanese-inspired techniques: Butoh dance (the dance of darkness), Kabuki dance, Haiku (16-syllable poems), Japanese tales, singing, Shibari (body attachment technique for sexual intercourse and torture), body background and gesture of the Geishas, ​​Cha-no-yu (tea ceremony). Technology: video art, audiovisual projection, sound design and lighting-environments

Public: over 8 years old

Audiovisual: Cassetto Visual Arts

Work in progress, December 12, 2019, Bogotá, Colombia



Work in progress Vértigo Cirko, Bogotá

December 11, 2019

Artistic residence at "Cirko de mente", México (2019)

November 10, 2019

Winning project of the "Artistic residences in theater and circus" (2019) of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.

January 01, 2020

Photograph selected for the second exhibition "I am a woman. I am Latin American". Sao Pablo, Brazil (2017)

July 01, 2017

Winning project of the "Artistic Residences Colombia-Argentina" (2015) of the Ministry of Culture of Colombia.

December 01, 2015

Winning project of the "Diploma in Dramaturgy, Direction and Circus Performing Arts" from the Pedagogical University and Idartes

July 01, 2015

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