For us in Norway, freedom of speech and practicing an art you are passionate about is a matter of course, this is not the case for Gato. Yet he chooses, as he himself says, the dance 100 out of 100 times.
Through documentaries, lectures, panel dialogue and dance, we get to know Gato and his conditions as a dancer in Guatemala. The contrast between winning the Hedda Prize and the Critics’ Prize in Norway, and subsequent death threats in the home country could not have been greater. M13 – often referred to as one of the world’s most dangerous gangs – threatens Gato’s life because he is a dancer. As a skilled dancer, he has through the hip-hop culture made his way out of the favela, and he is considered a threat that can recruit “future soldiers” – that is, children – out of the gang environments by dancing.
TARGET GROUP: 1st-3rd upper secondary
Join Gato’s world on Thursday 2nd December at Kloden Teater Pilotscenen.