TORO: Beauty and the Bull// DeNada

DeNada Dance Theatre in TORO: Beauty and the Bull. Photography by Joe Armitage and Emma Kauldhar

TORO: Beauty and the Bull

Choreography: Carlos Pons Guerra

Design: Ryan Dawson Laight

Lighting: Barnaby Booth

Music: Selection of pasodobles; Chavela Vargas; Sara Montiel; La Lupe; Mariachi de Pepe Villa; Los Panchos; Ignacio Revueltas; Rimsky-Korsakov; Perez Prado

For 6 dancers

Duration: 60 mins

DeNada Dance Theatre presents Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO, a new, gender questioning, Hispanic take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, boldly dealing with the eroticism of the story.

Set in a circus sideshow of a dystopian South America, in a heady world of conquistadors, female bulls, virgin lands and animals in drag, TORO is a darkly comic and melodramatic tragedy about the monsters men create through power, fear and oppression.

★★★★ Financial Times

★★★★ The Observer

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ Dance Tabs

“Dazzling imagery and innovative movement” Financial Times

“Extraordinary poignancy” The Observer

“Unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing” The Guardian

Premiered at DanceXchange, Birmingham, in March 2018

Toured across the UK through spring/summer 2018.

TORO: Beauty and the Bull was commissioned by DanceXchange, with further support from the Spanish Embassy in London, Office for Cultural Affairs, and the British Council. Produced by Spin Arts

Carlos Pons