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CUMA is a Brazilian expression that derives from the question "Come again?” A short interruption that leaves space for the unexpected to arise. CUMA is the invitation to look closer at what we don’t yet understand.

CUMA consists of percussionist and drummer Bruna Cabral, saxophonist Jakob Jentgens and physical theatre maker Elina Brams Ritzau. In 2020, they were a part of the creation of the performative band project The Peculiars which premiered at the Physical Fetz festival. In winter 2021, they developed the full-length physical theatre concert Vacation from Love which was awarded the Folkwang Prize 2021 for performing arts.

Vacation from Love - a Physical Theatre Concert piece // by CUMA Collective

In the dim lights of a club three pairs of eyes meet. Whom do we desire – and, in the end, whom do we love? What would happen if we followed nothing but our instincts and let ourselves be guided solely by desire? In this physical theatre concert three performers seduce the audience with songs from the Canadian musician Michelle Gurevich. A study in audacity, a sensual blend of cabaret, sex appeal and gender bending.

Concept & Idea: Elina Brams Ritzau // Music & Performance: Bruna Cabral, Jakob Jentgens, Elina Brams Ritzau // Outside Eye: Saskia Rudat // Costum: Alexandra Tivig, Elina Brams Ritzau // Audio: Martin Preu // Original Score: Michelle Gurevich

Vacation from Love has been performed in Erfurt at Phoenix Festival #1, in Essen at Full Spin Festival #6 and twice in Italy for the Festivals Mittelyoung and Mittelfest (in May and July 2022). The piece has also been nominated and has won the Folkwang Preis 2021.


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