Nikola Lorenzin



Caporales is a dance that belongs to the Bolivian contemporary folk tradition. The dance, born in the 70's as a re-interpretation of an older tradition, is characterized by the representation of El Caporal, the Chief that during the colonial period was in charge of controlling the slaves. He used to wear striking clothes, boots with bells and a whip in order to intimidate his slaves.

Caporales is practiced not only in South America, but also worldwide by different Latin American communities - not only Bolivian - living abroad since generations, becoming a way to reinforce bonds with their origins and to create a sense of community.

This reportage follows the Caporales competition El Caporal de Oro, held in the outskirts of Milan in Italy at the beginning of the year.

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