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Recording: 2024-01-09 , Sophiensæle (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Colectivo Malasangre

Qué Bolero o En Tiempos de Inseguridad Nacional

Tanztage Berlin | Sophiensæle

Production Details / Press Releases

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.

In Colectivo Malasangre Lazaro Benitez, Luis Carricaburu und Ricardo Sarmiento combine different experiences in the fields of arts, dance, theater and activism to accompany each other in a process of constant reconfiguration of their identities in a European creative and political environment that also represented hostility. The artists explore how they inhabit a territory, experimenting with forms of coexistence and construction of identities and working from horizontality as a key tool to dismantle forms of modern colonialism.


TFB Nr. 1842

Cast & Credits

Choreography, Performance: Lazaro Benitez, Luis Carricaburu, Ricardo Sarmiento
Scenography: John Deneuve and Colectivo Malasangre
Lights design: Anaïs Silmar
Music: Boléro de Ravel by WDR Sinfonieorchester Orquesta del Cabaret Tropicana, Esta Casa by Elena Burke, Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Costume: Colectivo Malasangre, Leo Peralta
Residences: 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 danse
Touring: 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.

Tanztage Berlin 2024
CURATION: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Jette Büchsenschütz, Dandan Liu
PRODUCTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
The 33rd Tanztage Berlin is a Sophiensæle production.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and with funds from the Capital Cultural Fund.
With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.


Sophienstraße 18
10178 Berlin

Tickets: (030) 283 52 66

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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