Safe Havens – Freedom Talks #5: BREAK DANCING EN/IN GUATEMALA

After our rich discussions at Safe Havens Global Stream in November and December, Safe Havens continues the Freedom Talks series with a presentation focusing on artistic freedom in Central America. This includes artistic presentations, breakdance battling across the Atlantic and…

Safe Havens - Freedom Talks #5: BREAK DANCING EN/IN GUATEMALA

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After our rich discussions at Safe Havens Global Stream in November and December, Safe Havens continues the Freedom Talks series with a presentation focusing on artistic freedom in Central America. This includes artistic presentations, breakdance battling across the Atlantic and focusing on the situation of street dancers and artists in violent Guatemala.
 
 
BREAK DANCING IN GANG-DOMINATED GUATEMALA
 
In the event,
Carlos Catun aka ‘Gato’ (Artist, b-boy),
Zupa Chicohay (Artist, b-boy, graphic creative),
Suina (Rap-artist, Coco Colectiva Urbana Hip Hop IX),
Rosa Chavez (Poet and Activist, Maya k’iche’ Kaqchiquel),
Nicolai López (Artist, Producer and Safemuse Residence Coordinator)
 
The conversation will be in Spanish with English subtitles.
The film is produced by Fahil Anweri.
The event is produced in collaboration with Safemuse.
 
Carlos Catun, or ‘Gato’ among friends, is a prize-winning dancer with his background from the streets of Guatemala City. That’s where he learned the basics of breaking that has brought him to dance around Europe in theatres and winning battles, but it’s also the hometown where fellow dancers have been murdered and himself being threatened for his life – due to the dancing. This last year however he has, as a Safemuse guest artist, been touring and performing on stage with the very best crews in Norway, dancing for kids in secondary schools opening up for following conversations on friends and family, the environment, equality and justice for all, self-determination over your own body, fight against racism and the fight for freedom of
expression – despite Covid-19.

In this very first edition of Safe Havens Freedom Talks in 2021 we will meet Gato, and discuss his journey from life threatened street dancer to stage performing artist, and the raw realities for street dancers and hip-hoppers in Central America.
 
 
 
BREAK DANCING EN GUATEMALA DOMINADA POR LAS PANDILLAS
 
Safe Havens Freedom Talks #5 se centra en la situación de los bailarines y artistas en la violenta Guatemala.
 
Con:
Carlos Catun/’Gato’ – Artista, b-boy
Zupa Chicohay – Artista, b-boy, creativo gráfico
Suina – Artista de rap, Coco Colectiva Urbana Hip Hop IX
Rosa Chávez – Poeta y Activista Maya k’iche’ Kaqchiquel
Nicolai López – Artista, Productor y Coordinador de Safemuse

Productor de cine / cámara: Fahil Anweri
El evento se produce en colaboración con Safemuse.
 
Carlos Catun, o ‘Gato’ entre amigos, es un bailarín premiado con su experiencia en las calles de la Ciudad de Guatemala. Ahí es donde aprendió los conceptos básicos del break que lo ha llevado a bailar por Europa en teatros y ganar batallas, pero también es la ciudad natal donde otros bailarines han sido asesinados y él mismo ha sido amenazado por su vida, debido al baile. Sin embargo, este último año, como artista invitado de Safemuse, ha estado de gira y actuando en el escenario con los mejores “crews” de Noruega, bailando para jovenes en las escuelas secundarias abriéndo para seguir conversaciones sobre amigos y familiares, el medio ambiente, la igualdad y la justicia para todos, la autodeterminación sobre el propio cuerpo, la
lucha contra el racismo y la lucha por la libertad de expresión, a pesar del Covid-19.

En esta edición de Safe Havens Freedom Talks conoceremos a Gatoty y hablaremos de su viaje de bailarín de las calles amenazado de vida a artista escénico, y las crudas realidades de los bailarines callejeros y hip-hoppers en Centroamérica.

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