The choreography ‘Haraka haraka haina baraka’ (engl.: ‘Haste has no Blessing’) is a cooperation between Cooperativa Maura Morales and MUDA Africa, a professional dance centre in Daresalaam, where young people study traditional and contemporary African dance. The work addresses the ambivalent relationship of young African artists to the traditions of their own country. The rapid change and the redefinition of social and cultural values of a society on the move are artistically processed using the example of female body politics. Maura Morales – who grew up in the midst of Cuba’s Afro-Cuban culture – sensitively traces cultural roots and differences.
The core collective of the contemporary dance company Cooperativa Maura Morales consists of the dancer and choreographer Maura Morales and the composer and musician Michio Woirgardt. Depending on the concept and scope of the respective project, the ensemble is expanded to include other artists. The company, which has been in existence since 2010, has already realised numerous stage pieces, regularly receives invitations from renowned international dance festivals, state and municipal theatres and tours nationally and internationally. The Cooperativa was awarded the Kurt Jooss Prize in 2013 and the Award for the Performing Arts of the state capital Düsseldorf in 2014.