Dancefloor Caballeros

Curtains up, shot on – Blackout
Cuba – a few decades after the glorious victory of the revolution.
Havana’s DJ-Guerrilleros on their literacy campain for electronic music.
From the capital to the rest of the island.
17 people, no bus so far and only 23 hours till the first concert.
But there’s still one more possibility left…


  • - "Dancefloor Caballeros" and Dirk Böll at Hackesche Höfe Kino

    In the context of AG DOKs film selection our production “Dancefloor Caballeros” (2006) will be screened on Wednesday, 7th May [...]

    In the context of AG DOKs film selection our production "Dancefloor Caballeros" (2006) will be screened on Wednesday, 7th May 2014, 5.30 p.m. at Hackesche Höfe Kino, Berlin. Director Dirk Böll will attend too and would love to have  questions & answers after watching the film. "Dancefloor Caballeros" doceumenty the journey of a Cuban DJ-Crew doing the first Techno-Tour through Cuba. Their have never been a Techno-Gig before, except in Havanna. The evenings concept: "Directly captured" ("Ins Offene"). Every first Wednesday, they show films which are in the style of the direct cinema genre which was popular in the 1960s. The camera directly captures the reality for a conematic realism.

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Dancefloor Caballeros

A roadmovie about the trip through Cuba of various musicians and video artists from Havana, to play their electronic music for the people outside the capital for the first time.
When I observed the Cuban techno scene I always wondered how young people live outside of Havana, far away from any influence by tourists.
How do they get along with their compatriots from the capital?
Are they open for this kind of music?
What do they think of this music, that is danced to “by one million people at one Rave in Europe, brother!”(Quote Michel)
What kind of music do they listen to?
Is the peaceful global techno movement an answer to the “unfair neoliberal globalization”(Quote Fidel)?
Or does techno only strengthen globalization by eradicating local musical preferences?
How Cuban is techno in Cuba?
This movie is supposed to be a documentation of the live of young people in Cuba, rather than a documentary about techno music. The electronic music is the thing that takes us to the young people outside Havana. As the film team of the Cubans, we will have a much better access to the lives of the people there, than we would have if we were traveling alone as foreigners.
I want the audience to participate, to dive into the life in Cuba, to watch while the stories are happening, to be able to see it from every angle.
The stylistic specialty of this movie is that it tries to tell the story through the images. Our goal is to visualize the story the most “filmically” possible. With “filmically” we mean that we can tell the story with means that you usually have in fictional movies only.
The viewer shall be given visual rather than verbal comments. The story is to be told and explained through the screen layout and the editing.
We allow ourselves the freedom to evaluate with the camera and during editing, to caricature, overstress or abstract things. Although we won’t invent anything that hasn’t been there. Any artistic means shall only stress certain aspects, or make them more visible. Form always follows story.
Anyway, our style is more cartoon than newspaper and will differ noticeably from standard documentaries. We want to address a wide range of spectators, that grew up with MTV. Thus we can reach an audience, that wouldn’t normally watch a documentary about Cuba.

The loosely planned destinations on this tour are Pinar del Rio, Cienfuegos, Camagüey, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba and Santa Cruz del Norte. These towns (except Pinar del Rio and Santiago) are all industrial towns, which are not so much frequented by tourists. Less known places seem much more suitable to us to tell something about the lives of people in a country than the big capitals that pretty much look the same worldwide.
The exact route shall be planned by our Cuban friends. They will organize the whole tour on their own, as the film team only wants to watch (and film) life in Cuba without interfering too much from outside.
The route can be altered due to the availability of public and “non-public” transport or certain interesting stories that might force us to stay at some stops longer or shorter than we had originally planned to. If we get stuck in Havana, for example, because Joyvan didn’t organize any transportation and is now fighting over that matter with Michel, some nice stories could evolve, that could end up in the movie afterwards. We don’t interfere with what is happening – we follow the stories as they happen and adapt our concept to it.
We can raise some topics or questions and thus provoke discussions in some exceptional cases. Nevertheless our goal is to film the life in Cuba as pure as possible without driving the whole thing into certain directions or appearing constantly in the picture.

Our spectators shall get a humorous and loving insight into every day life of young people in Cuba, shown in a modern and entertaining way. They can watch things from a short distance, find differences to their own lives and are perhaps triggered to think about themselves.
“We’re not saying it’s better or worse – we’re saying it’s different – if we have inspired you just a little bit – good for everybody!” as Peter Teekamp said just rightly in the movie “The Pearl in the Turd”.

Author/Director: Dirk Böll
Director of Photography: Mark Wittek, Dirk Böll
Editing: Dirk Böll
Sound: Célio Dutra
Mix, Sounddesign: Nic Wohlleben
Producer: Camilla Ribas, Christian und Reinhard Beetz
Executive Producers: Camilla Ribas, Reinhardt Beetz
Graphics Design: Laura Lehmus
Music: Wichi de Vedado, Djoy de Cuba, A Talentosa Sra. Ribas
Commissioning Editor: Lucas Schmidt



  • Dancefloor Caballeros

    13 January 2011 at 12:20 am