Michael Barnes, Jonathon Luke Baker, Nicholas Tredrea. Photo: Joe Armitage, Boneshaker Photography.

Gender Questioning Take on Beauty and the Beast Heads to Manchester for One Night Only

Not yet made Easter plans? Here’s something different.

It’s Easter weekend! For most people, that means a whopping four-day break (thoughts and prayers go to those in retail). If you’re looking for something to do on Easter Sunday, after you’ve indulged in far too much chocolate and roast dinner, then this might just be what you’re looking for.

TORO: Beauty and the Bull heads to The Lowry in Salford, Manchester for one night only on Sunday 1st April 2018 and it’s a show not to be missed. The production is described as a “gender questioning, Hispanic take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast”, and if that hasn’t piqued your interest then we’re not sure what would.


TORO is inspired by the original story by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve as well as the erotic and feminist reading of fairy tales by British writer Angela Carter. Set in a circus sideshow of a dystopian South American, TORO is a grotesque tragicomedy played out by conquistadors, female bulls and dragimals – animals in drag, of course.

This queer postcolonial reading of Beauty and the Beast reflects on the nightmarish circus that is male supremacy, and the freak shows all minorities endure under oppression. Through a darkly ironic lens, with absurd humour and the right dose of Latin drama, Pons Guerra questions who the real monsters amongst us are.

The choreography for TORO draws on contemporary dance, classical ballet, voguing, bull fighting and drag to create a unique, highly physical and theatrical language. Movement narrates the story alongside an eclectic soundtrack of Hispanic and Latino tracks, including pasodobles, mambos, Latin percussion, sorrowful Mexican rancheras and the highly dramatic Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Recently nominated for three UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, DeNada Dance Theatre exports, explores and subverts Hispanic and Latino culture in Britain and beyond. Directed by up and coming Spanish choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, the company is known for producing exciting and provocative LGBTQ work that calls for gender and sexual equality.

For tickets, please ring 0843 208 6000 or visit The Lowry’s website.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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