Alarmtheater Bielefeld



Rousing rhythms from Argentina that make
your legs dance and everybody move. Murga,
a cultural form which Diego Cancino brought
with him from Argentina. With it he catches
people in Bielefeld with his enthusiasm for
this culture. Together with Anna Zimmermann
of the AlarmTheatre the Murga Group "Los
Cometas Felices“ was built up, the name of
which in Bielefeld for a long time has been
associated with a lot of fun and a warm

Murga is a form of street theatre that combines
music, dance and singing with a strong portion
of parody. This form of art was developed in
Uruguay at the beginning of the 20th century.
Most of all  in Argentina it plays an important
local role. From this Argentinian form of the
Murga was developed that, which today we
know as Murga Portena. Over the years the
Murga spread in all kinds of different countries;
for the Carnival of Cultures the last time groups
from Barcelona and Rome gathered in Bielefeld.

Characteristic of the Murga Portena is a musical
composition, in which are united intensive sounds
and rhythms of traditional musical styles from the
sphere of the Candombe. These rhythms are
dominated by percussion instruments like Bombo
con platillo, Zurdo and Snare. The artists play
and dance to a frenetic rhythm and while doing
this perform jumps and steps. They occupy the
space and fill this with a carnival-like element.
Dancing is at the same time political protestation
and an appeal for freedom.

But if you now think that all Murgas are alike,
you are wrong. In fact, the four elements –
music, dance, dressing up and poetry – remain,
but each group develops and constructs their own
identity. Starting point always is the philosophy
of the Murga; the individual distinctions arise by
culture, geography and politics.

Sponsored by:

Kulturamt Bielefeld

Sparkasse Bielefeld



From the press:

Unterwegs auf der Flaniermeile_NW_11.07.2016
Bunter Lindwurm zu Sambaklängen, NW, 09.06.2015
"Murga", Neue Westfälische, February 2015
"Murga", Zeitung für Stadtteilkultur, November 2010