When Dragimals Come to Déda
DeNada Dance Theatre will be performing Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO, a new, gender questioning, Hispanic take on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast.
This celebrated dance company, are well known for producing provocative LGBTQ work that calls for sexual equality and Carlo’s Toro will be no exception. Set in a circus sideshow of dystopian South America, it explores provocative themes of conquistadors, female bulls, virgin lands and animals in drag – dragimals!
Toro is inspired by the original story by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve as well as the erotic, feminist reading of fairy tales by British writer Angela Carter. Described as darkly comic and melodramatic TORO explores the themes of ‘monsters’ men can create through power, fear and oppression.
Produced by Spin Arts, TORO is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and was commissioned by DanceXchange with further support from The British Council and the Spanish Embassy in London.
Toro is described as; ‘Perverse, sexy and flamboyant.’ – The Guardian
‘It is all beautifully and at times brutally, at times sensually danced’ – Behind the Arras
The choreography will consist of contemporary dance, classical ballet, voguing, bull fighting and drag whilst being narrated through expressive movement. This will be performed alongside the sound of Hispanic/Latino tracks, Latin Percussion, mambos and dramatic ‘Capriccio Espagnol’ by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Performed by a cast of 6 dancers – Marivi Da Silva, Emma Louise Walker, Michael Barnes, Nicholas Tredrea, Jonathon Luke Baker and Jason Tucker, the show will kick off on Friday 27 April at 7.30pm closely followed by a ‘Dragimal ball’ which will be held in Déda’s CUBE café.
Toro: Beauty and the Bull presented by DeNada Dance Theatre
Thursday 27 April 7.30pm
Tickets are £12 and can be booked online at www.deda.uk.com or at Déda’s box office and over the phone 01332 370911.
Recommended for ages 14+ due to scenes of a sexual nature and nudity.