De Caelo practice

Eli Mathieu-Bustos


11 September | 2.30 – 5.30 pm 
Teatro India
body practice workshop for dancers and performers in training 

Eli Mathieu-Bustos proposes to share practices related to the body starting from the choreographic methodology De Caelo he developed. This technique aims at restoring nobleness to improvisation – too often viewed as a subgenre – through the full revaluation of affective intelligence and intuition in the present. In order to achieve his goal, Mathieu-Bustos has conceived a series of exercises for body awareness that allow us to attune our listening to three elements: physical sensations, mind focusing, emotions-intuitions. In this universe, astrology plays a key role as its beliefs and symbolic narratives help us link heterogeneous realities (from macro to micro and vice versa) through symmetries and correspondences between structures and functional analogies.

sustained by Short Theatre in the frame of Be My Guest network and supported by Flanders State of Art – Vlaanderen/Verbeelding werkt

Short Theatre 2023 workshops are free.
To register send an email to indicating in the subject workshop title, name, surname, phone number and a few words to introduce yourself.

Registration deadline: 25 August

Eli Mathieu-Bustos (1998) is a dancer and performer with a mixed training. He started ballet at a very young age and then went on to attend jazz and breakdance courses. He has been experimenting with new-style, poppin, krump and contemporary dance since he was seventeen. He studied Choreography at Manufacture in Aurillac and graduated from the Institute of Arts and Choreography (ISAC) of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. His artistic research focuses on the attempt to combine astrology and dance to create a new improvisation technique he has called De Caelo. Eli Mathieu-Bustos has collaborated with such artists and companies as Marco Torrice, Marco Arriola, Patric Chiha, Antwerp Opera and Milø Slayers. He staged his solos in various locations in Brussels, mainly in queer and FUBU contexts. He has worked for Decoratelier (Africa is/in the future 2021 and 2022 edition), LDC, Nova, CrazyCircle and Fatsabbats festival among others. He presented a studio version of Have a Safe Travel during the WIPCOOP Brussels 2022, while the complete version will debut in the Spring of 2024.

The pedagogic space of De Caelo practice is part of RECIPROCITY, a section of Short Theatre that experiments with models of reciprocity and intersectionality between belonging, widespread origins and knowledge through bodily practices, narrative grafts and playful universes.

Eli Mathieu-Bustos is also present at Short Theatre 2023 with the performance Have a Safe Travel  Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September to La Pelanda del Mattatoio di Roma.

ph. Carla Llorente