Drawing inspiration from the 1969 American drama film, Félix Estaire and Alberto Velasco have created Danzad Malditos, an adaptation for the stage that they’re now bringing back to Madrid, with a full dance marathon taking place live. Winner of the Max Award for Best New Show, it’s now coming back to where it all started: at the Max Aub hall in Matadero Madrid. A striking show that is woven out of dance, competition and drama.
In Depression-era America (1930s), dance competitions mushroomed across the country. Couples of all ages and from all social backgrounds entered them to see if they could win a much-coveted cash prize. In this film/play, the contestants register for a dance marathon. They have to dance till they literally drop, in addition to participating in a series of derbies staged by the emcee. The competition could drag on for days. Only those dancers who make it to the end will get the money. So they bring themselves to the brink of physical and mental exhaustion, as a crowd of enthusiastic paying spectators cheer them on to relish in their suffering.
Every new performance of Danzad Malditos is a blank page, filled with the writing of the dancing couples. The competition is real. It takes place on site and in real time. As a result, no two shows are the same.
Cast and Creative Team:
Venue: Naves del Español – Sala Max Aub
Dramatists – Félix Estaire, Alberto Velasco
Director – Alberto Velasco
Assistant director – Luis Ulzurrún
Lighting design – David Picazo
Costume design – Sara Sánchez de la Morena
Set design – Alessio Meloni
Music – Mariano Marín
Performers – Guillermo Barrientos, Carmen del Conde, José Luis Ferrer, Rubén Frías, Karmen Garay, Ignacio Mateos, Nuria López, Sara Párbole, Rulo Pardo, Txabi Pérez, Verónica Ronda, Ana Telenti, Sam Slade