AJAYU Transitorio – a magical multi-cultural live performance inspired by Bolivia’s Day of the Dead Festival comes to Bradford Cathedral this July
Performance Artist Yuvel Soria invites audiences to come and break bread together, in a new performance installation exploring death through a myriad of traditions and rituals in AJAYU Transitorio at Bradford Cathedral on Friday 8th July.
Inspired by the traditional celebration of Day of the Dead in Bolivia, AJAYU Transitorio invites audiences to take a seat around a long, beautifully dressed table, with colourful printed cloths, flowers, candles and food. Yuvel Soria starts his new tour at Bradford Cathedral this July, where audiences are asked to come together to break-bread and take part in conversations about traditions, rituals, and memories of loved ones, all interspersed by live dance, poetry and music.
Yuvel Soria comments, “Going back into the studio to develop AJAYU Transitorio for an in-person audience after the challenges of the past two years is extremely exciting. I work with lots of collaborators to make the piece and it is always evolving. A big part of the project is gathering with communities. Welcoming the community to a familiar space and transforming it for a moment in time through dance, music and poetry to celebrate culture, traditions, memories and loved ones is what it is all about.”
Audiences can expect contemporary multi-cultural dance styles (including Bolivian dance, Kuchipudi dance, Afro-Diaspora styles), atmospheric percussive world music and poetry, reflecting on traditions surrounding both death and dying, including the important role food plays in many traditional rituals and cultural practices.
Over the past two years, communities have endured trauma, loss and isolation. On 8 July, there is an opportunity for the people of Bradford to gather together to eat, talk, connect and celebrate loved ones and remember those we have lost. The first performance of the tour takes place at Bradford Cathedral, a space that has an ongoing commitment to opening its doors to everyone in Bradford and supporting arts and culture. Commissioned by Bradford Producing Hub, Kala Sangam and Arts Council England, the people of Bradford will also have another opportunity to see the performance when it returns in the autumn.
Rosie Watt, Creative Producer comments, “Yuvel Soria’s AJAYU Transitorio events are a great opportunity to experience different cultures, music, dance and food, and a chance to socialise and connect with others. And what better time to be touring performance events across Bradford than when it’s just been awarded UK City of Culture 2025! (Congratulations Bradford!). Having lived and worked in Bradford, it’s a place in our hearts. Bradford is a creative place, and one of community, and we’re looking forward to meeting lots of people, families and friends.”
Tickets are Pay What You Decide for both the 2pm and 7.30pm performances at Bradford Cathedral on Friday 8 July, but must be reserved in advance at kalasangam.org. AJAYU Transitorio is touring again in Autumn 2022, with shows in Bradford, Leeds and Sunderland.