Un Poyo Rojo: 'They react like kids watching cartoons'
- Donald Hutera
- 22 July 2019
A wild-eyed physical riot of athletic moves and homoerotic humour, the creators of Un Poyo Rojo discuss finding new charms in a decade-old work
Fit, funny and sexy is a pretty unbeatable combination. Created a decade ago by a handful of crazily talented Argentinians, the male locker-room dance comedy Un Poyo Rojo (a title that translates from the Spanish as 'A Red Bench') is a highly physical two-hander delivered with sweaty zest and hilarious flair. From humble beginnings as a tantalising cabaret routine, the performance was subsequently expanded into an hour-long entertainment that has been touring internationally to rib-tickled acclaim ever since.
The men who devised it – Luciano Rosso (who originally choreographed it with Nicolás Poggi), fellow performer Alfonso Barón and director Hermes Gaido – accept yet are still plainly delighted about its continued success. 'At the beginning we wanted to create a contemporary dance play,' says Gaido. 'Theatre is always stronger for us, but you can also tell a story by dancing it if you want. And in doing so we drew upon the relationship of Luciano and Nicolás, who were at that time a couple.'
'The story is quite simple,' Rosso chimes in. 'It has no specific genre, but the way we tell it is really particular. Early on we realised we wanted to tell something about ourselves.' At the start, Rossi and Barón (who long ago made Poggi's role his own) stand stock still side by side so we can get a good look at them. What ensues, after a quick spate of deft gestural actions, is a delicious send-up of masculine competitiveness, Latin machismo, and both covert and overt attraction as these two adroit and buff fellows flip their way through a range of dance moves and goofy, gym-like athletics.