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Livestreamed on this page on Friday 15 January 2021 at 2:30 p.m. CET (Stockholm, UTC +1) / 13:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 8:30 a.m. EST (Boston, UTC -5) / 7:30 a.m. CST (Guatemala City, UTC -6)

Malmö, Sweden
Friday 15 January 2021

Break Dancing in Gang-Dominated Guatemala

A conversation about breakdance battling across the Atlantic focusing on the situation of street dancers and artists in violent Guatemala

Friday 15 January 2021

Safe Havens Freedom Talks presented the conversation Break Dancing in Gang-Dominated Guatemala livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 15 January 2021 at 2:30 p.m. CET (Stockholm, UTC +1) / 13:30 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 8:30 a.m. EST (Boston, UTC -5) / 7:30 a.m. CST (Guatemala City, UTC -6)

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) will have a conversation. The conversation will be in Spanish with English subtitles. The film is produced by Fahil Anweri.

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 last edition of Safe Havens Freedom Talks this year 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.

En español, con subtítulos en inglés / Conversation in Spanish, with English subtitles

Safe Havens Freedom Talks para diciembre de 2020 se centra en la situación de los bailarines y artistas en la violenta Guatemala. 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 última edición de Safe Havens Freedom Talks de este año 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.

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

About The Talks
Our new programming series Safe Havens - Freedom Talks series is closely connected to the annual global Safe Havens conference which has been organized in Malmö since 2013, and in Cape Town, South Africa in 2019. The Freedom Talks series will on a monthly basis focus on issues regarding threats towards artistic freedom, free press and intangible heritage. Guests in the Freedom Talks series are highly knowledgeable and prolific actors in the global Arts Rights Justice sector – fighting for artistic freedom. You will be able to watch livestreamed versions of the talks through the Rörelsernas museum website and social media channels, and step by step will open for an audience and on-site participants when the Covid-19 risks and restrictions are over. Keep your eyes open on their channels for updates. The talks will be in or translated to English.

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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