This postcolonial reading of Beauty and the Beast reflects on male supremacy and oppression. Through a darkly ironic lens, with absurd humour and a dose of Latin drama, Pons Guerra questions who the real monsters are. The choreography for TORO draws on contemporary dance, classical ballet, voguing, bull fighting and drag to create a unique, highly physical and theatrical language. Movement narrates the story alongside an eclectic soundtrack of Hispanic and Latino tracks, including pasodobles, mambos, Latin percussion, sorrowful Mexican rancheras and the highly dramatic Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.
TORO will tour to DanceXchange, Birmingham; The Lowry, Salford Quays; Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth; Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds; PATS Studio Theatre, Surrey University; Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells, London; and Déda, Derby.
Carlos Pons Guerra is an independent choreographer who has created work for companies including Rambert, Northern Ballet, Attakkalari (India), ENDanza (Dominican Republic), and Verve (UK). Carlos founded his company, DeNada Dance Theatre, in 2012. Originally from Gran Canaria, Spain, Carlos began his ballet training at the Choreographic Centre of Las Palmas and the Royal Conservatoire for Dance of Madrid, before completing his studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.