Gladiators of the XXI Century
The bull enters the bullring and a man jumps into the arena to confront him: a gladiator against a beast. The recortador goes into action relying on only his movements – which he performs with outstanding skill and agility – to meet the bull in the nal moments.
Recortadores risk their lives in bullrings in Spain and around the world. Speed, agility and courage are all these gladiators of the XXI century have as they step into the ring. A tenth of a second, a few inches, a step too short are what separate success from failure, the di erence between living from recorte or having to nd a job to sustain themselves simultaneously. That tenth of a second is the di erence between life and death for these young professionals.
Recorte contests are shows that reward life: the professionals risk their lives but respect the animal.
This passion is above life and death. It is a unique feeling, pure art and a way of understanding life.
Recorte is an old and unique Spanish tradition
The recortador is a professional who de es the animal with dexterity and courage, moving away from the charging bull at the very last second.
With only their bodies, recortadores carry out beautiful and agile movements to avoid the bull’s goring.
It is an art that transcends aesthetics and goes deep into the sentiment and essence of this unique Spanish tradition.