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What does it mean to be part of a nation and its people today? Colectivo Malasangre challenges modern forms of cultural colonialism with force, precision and glitter. Lazaro Benitez, Luis Carricaburu and Ricardo Sarmiento were born in Cuba in the 1990s, between the fall of socialism and a period of economic crisis. Like many of their generation, they left Cuba to settle in Europe.


In Qué Bolero o En Tiempos de Inseguridad Nacional they summon up the gestures of Cuban popular culture that constitute them: gestures of Havana nights, congas of Santiago de Cuba or the carnivals.

Against a makeshift set that recounts precariousness and migration, stories of exile and revolt, they confront an emblematic work of Western culture: Ravel's Boléro. The bodies of the three artists enter the Boléro “like a tropical hurricane” in a performance that is a mischievous, off-centre look at the “national body”, which finds all its meaning in mestizaje.

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Choreography, Performance: Lazaro Benitez, Luis Carricaburu, Ricardo SarmientoScenography: John Deneuve and Colectivo MalasangreLights design: Anaïs SilmarMusic: Boléro de Ravel by WDR Sinfonieorchester Orquesta del Cabaret Tropicana, Esta Casa by Elena Burke, Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice RavelCostume: Colectivo Malasangre, Leo PeraltaResidences: Ballet Preljocaj/Pavillon Noir – CCN d’Aix-en-Provence, Montévidéo – Centre d’art, La Zouze/Cie. Christophe Haleb, CCN Ballet du Nord, Pôle 164 Prêt de studio KLAP Maison pour la danseTouring: Lazaro Benitez

A production by La Frontera - Colectivo Malasangre in co-production with Ballet Preljocaj/Pavillon Noir - CCN d'Aix-en-Provence, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens - Pôle européen de création et de production, Ménagerie de Verre. With the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture. The 33rd Tanztage Berlin are a production of Sophiensæle. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the Capital Cultural Fund (HKF). With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte. Media partners: Berlin Art Link, Missy, Siegessäule and taz.