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Tamara Cubas

A striking, diverse group of people takes over the Place des Festivals. Motionless at first, the seventy-five individuals of all ages and backgrounds come to life and start running. Anger brews. Music throbs. Then suddenly, the vibrant swarm of humanity is brought to a halt. They burst into infectious laughter, then resume their merry-go-round, a succession of powerful images and emotions in a captivating dance of relationships, each person acting with total freedom and in full awareness of the others. Night after night, the group relies on the expression of individuality to re-stage, as one body, a work that reflects the world, combining chaos and the euphoria of togetherness.

Uruguay’s Tamara Cubas draws on choreographic composition as well as collective organization in Multitud, which has thrilled audiences in 17 cities since 2013. Inherently political, it reveals our capacity to influence—and be influenced by—others, and shows how agency, difference, and dissent are fundamental elements of any shared undertaking.

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Tamara Cubas (Montevideo)

Born in Montevideo in 1972, Tamara Cubas lived her childhood under the Uruguayan dictatorship. Political power, protest, and personal relationships are at the heart of her work, which is based on activating and empowering bodies.

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Media Coverage

The beauty of this piece was that each performance would have been slightly different, due to the artistic choices of the performers and would also have been experienced differently by audiences depending on where they viewed this from.”

Brendan Daynes, Dance life (Australia), 03-07-2022

“This is an exquisite reflection on being together and acting collectively, yet this is about what holds us together as a collective.[…] This is not choreography for the masses, rather it is a multitude of relations between individual bodies, each affecting or being affected by the other. It is about being in communion; attentive, alert, attuned to the other. Then we become responsible for what we do collectively. Multitud is fiercely political and delicately poetic, a tribute to what dance can (still) do in times of plague.”

Angela Conquet, The Conversation (Australia), 22-06-2022

« Une expérience humaine passionnante qui transcende la notion de chorégraphie. »

Omar Kahn, Suzy Q, Revista de Danza (Spain), 18-10-2023

« Nous sommes subjugué.es par le professionnalisme de ce ballet amateur. […] La chorégraphe présente tout ce qu’une société peut faire ensemble, du beau et du sale. Elle donne ainsi une photo instantanée du monde de maintenant, même si la pièce a aujourd’hui dix ans, le fait que le casting change à chaque fois la rend ultra-actuelle. »

Amélie Blaustein-Niddam, (France), 24-09-2023

« Tamara Cubas ne cherche pas à construire une pièce figée et symbolique, mais plutôt une pièce constamment réinterprétée et adaptée. […] Dans chaque lieu, l’œuvre prend un nouveau sens, tout comme les corps. »

Christian Mendoza, Arquine (Spain), 20-04-2020


“My fascination with differences is almost an addiction. The number of possible viewpoints on the same situation is so large that I try to cultivate a state of not-knowing, to never presume what people are going to do and simply observe what happens.”

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