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Have A Safe Travel

  • Eli Mathieu-Bustos
  • June 7th-8th 2024
  • TATWERK | Berlin

Join Eli Mathieu-Bustos as he confronts his first racial profiling encounter. Through immersive storytelling and unique choreography, delve into the oppressive systems at play.

Eli Mathieu-Bustos, a young black man, with arms raised in a V-shape, maintaining a composed expression while facing the camera, his confrontational, stoic facial expression adding intensity to the scene. © Pauline Arnould

Have a Safe Travel tells the story of a train ride. It could have been an ordinary trip, until three police officers stopped Eli Mathieu-Bustos and subjected him to his first racial profiling. Immersed in the memory of this event, which is as banal as it is violent, we discover what the first procedures of an oppressive system are all about.
In this first solo, the choreographer was able to transform the systemic violence he experienced into a strong and unique performative material developed with the help of the De Caelo technique. This technique, conceptualized by the artist himself, consists in leaving an important place to emotional intelligence, situated knowledge and improvisation. But it also calls on the tools of astrology, the sky charts and to perceive how the stars can inform us about our bodies.

With the support of Wipcoop / Mestizoartsplatform, KVS, La Bellone, Be My Guest - International Network for Emerging Practices, Kaaitheater, La Balsamine, Desingel, Atelier 210, and Anaku
Buda for the Feminist Futures Festival, Belluard Bollwerk Festival, Short Theatre Festival
Residency Partner: KVS Brussels

Video »Have A Safe Travel«
Trailer »Have A Safe Travel«


June 7th-8th 2024 | 8 p.m.
Tickets: 15€ | 10€ Reduced | 8€ Tanzcard owners

The performances will be followed by a talk.


Choreography, Dramaturgy, Performance, Concept: Eli Mathieu Bustos
Executive Production: Anaku
Lightning Design: Maureen Béguin
Sound Design: Loucka Fiagan
Coach Capoeira: Mestre Dendê
Coach Krump: Wild
Outside eyes: Daniel Blange Gubbay, Eric Cyuzuzo Niyibizi, Maria Dogahe, Nabil Ennassouh, Jazz Guyot, Aleksandra Janeva Imfeld, Brandon Kano Butare, Lukah Katangila, Krystel Khoury, Ana Kuch, Soto Labor, Sophie Sénécaut, Liza Siche-Jouan, Milø Slayers, Marie Umuhoza
Credits trailer: Zuheir Sebiy


Eli Mathieu-Bustos (b. 1998) is a versatile dancer whose performances transcend his political identities. He blends trained techniques with self-taught skills, mastering ballet, jazz, breakdance, and contemporary styles. Inspired by diverse influences from German expressionist dance to dancehall, he explores improvisation passionately. His academic journey includes studies in Performing Arts and choreography, culminating in a Master's from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Brussels. Combining astrology with dance, he pioneers a new improvisation technique called De Caelo, emphasizing emotional transmission over style hierarchy. Eli collaborates with various artists and institutions, showcasing his work globally. Notably, his solo performances at queer and FUBU events in Brussels garner acclaim. His first solo project "Have a Safe Travel," premiered in December 2023.