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Have a Safe Travel. by Eli Mathieu-Bustos – TATWERK | 07.06.-08.06.2024

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TATWERK shows Friday and Saturday, 7. and 8. June 2024 a danceperformance Have a Safe Travel about racial profiling by Eli Mathieu-Bustos. Join Eli Mathieu-Bustos as he confronts his first racial profiling encounter. Through immersive storytelling and unique choreography, delve into the oppressive systems at play.

Image above: Have a Safe Travel, Eli Mathieu , © Pauline Arnould, Courtesy TATWERK

Have a Safe Travel tells the story of a train ride. It could have been an ordinary trip, until three police officers stopped Eli Mathieu-Bustos and subjected him to his first racial profiling. Immersed in the memory of this event, which is as banal as it is violent, we discover what the first procedures of an oppressive system are all about.
In this first solo, the choreographer was able to transform the systemic violence he experienced into a strong and unique performative material developed with the help of the De Caelo technique. This technique, conceptualized by the artist himself, consists in leaving an important place to emotional intelligence, situated knowledge and improvisation. But it also calls on the tools of astrology, the sky charts and to perceive how the stars can inform us about our bodies.

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Have a Safe Travel, Eli Mathieu Bustos, © Pauline Arnould, Courtesy TATWERK

Choreography, Dramaturgy, Performance, Concept: Eli Mathieu Bustos
Executive Production: Anaku
Lightning Design: Maureen Béguin
Lightning Design Berlin: Nicolás Russi
Sound Design: Loucka Fiagan
Coach Capoeira: Mestre Dendê
Coach Krump: Wild
Outside eyes: Daniel Blange Gubbay, Eric Cyuzuzo Niyibizi, Maria Dogahe, Nabil Ennassouh, Jazz Guyot, Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld, Brandon Kano Butare, Lukah Katangila, Krystel Khoury, Ana Kuch, Soto Labor, Sophie Sénécaut, Liza Siche-Jouan, Milø Slayers, Marie Umuhoza
Credits trailer: Zuheir Sebiy

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Have a Safe Travel, Eli Mathieu Bustos, © Pauline Arnould, Courtesy TATWERK

About Eli Mathieu-Bustos
Eli Mathieu-Bustos (b. 1998) is a versatile dancer whose performances transcend his political identities. He blends trained techniques with self-taught skills, mastering ballet, jazz, breakdance, and contemporary styles. Inspired by diverse influences from German expressionist dance to dancehall, he explores improvisation passionately. His academic journey includes studies in Performing Arts and choreography, culminating in a Master’s from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels. Combining astrology with dance, he pioneers a new improvisation technique called De Caelo, emphasizing emotional transmission over style hierarchy. Eli collaborates with various artists and institutions, showcasing his work globally. Notably, his solo performances at queer and FUBU events in Brussels garner acclaim. His first solo project “Have a Safe Travel,” premiered in December 2023. 


Friday, 7. June and Saturday, 8. June 2024 at 8 pm


TATWERK | Performative Forschung
Hasenheide 9 Gewerbehof Aufg.1 3.OG
10967 Berlin


Regular: 15 EUR
Reduced: 10 EUR
Tanzcard: 8 EUR

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