Wednesday, 10.01.2024 | Performance with German audio description. The preceding tactile tour takes place from 7 pm to 7.30 pm. For audio description and pick-up service you can register Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm via 030 27 89 00 30 or .
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.
If any questions remain from the following information, please feel free to contact Hannah Aldinger at or 030 27 89 00 35 from 2 January. Please note that details may change by the day of the event. Therefore, if you find out after you have purchased your ticket that the performance is no longer accessible to you, you can contact us for a ticket return at or 030 27 89 00 45 until 5 business days after the event (Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm).
- Approx. 60 minutes
- Spanish spoken language
- English subtitles
- The performance on 10 January will take place with German audio description.
- The tactile tour beforehand will take place at 7 pm. The meeting point for the tactile tour is in front of the box office in the courtyard.
- If required, we offer a pick-up service for blind and visually impaired people from the nearby S-Bahn, U-Bahn and tram stations before the tactile tour. These are S-Bahn Hackescher Markt, U-Bahn Weinmeisterstraße or the tram station Weinmeisterstraße/Gipsstraße. To make use of the pick-up service, please contact Hannah Aldinger from 2 January on 030 27 89 00 35 or during our business hours (Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm).
- You can find more information about audio descriptions and tactile tours at Sophiensaele here.
- The lighting situation on stage is rather dark.
- Slow light changes are used. The light alternately dims a little brighter and a little darker.
- Spotlights and blackouts are used.
- The subtitles are projected at various points on the stage (front right and back of the stage).
- A bit of strobe lighting is used towards the end of the performance.
- The lighting situation in the audience is dark.
- Loud music is used at some points.
- The performance begins with loud music that lasts for a few minutes.
- Seated grandstand
- 2 beanbag seats bookable according to availability
- 2 wheelchair seats bookable according to availability
If, for artistic reasons, the door to the auditorium does not open until very shortly before the performance begins, there is the option of early boarding.
- Reservations can be made via the ticket telephone at 030 283 52 66, Monday to Friday from 4pm-6pm
- Via the online ticket shop
- At the box office
You can also find more information about accessibility at the house here.
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.
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. 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.