Lia Rodrigues Dance Company

Rio de Janeiro


creation: Lia Rodrigues
assistant: Amalia Lima
music: excerpts of traditional songs and dances of Kanak, New Caledonia
dramaturgy: Silvia Soter
artistic collaboration, images: Sammi Landweer
lighting design: Nicolas Boudier

duration: 65’
premiere: 2018, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse, Paris

dancers: Leonardo Nunes, Felipe Vian, Clara Cavalcante, Carolina Repetto, Valentina Fittipaldi, Andrey Silva, Karoll Silva, Larissa Lima, Ricardo Xavier

production: Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse – avec le soutien de la Fondation d’entreprise Hermès dans le cadre de son programme New Settings – le Festival d’Automne – le Centquatre Paris – le MA scène - nationale, Pays de Montbéliard, le Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, dans le cadre du festival “Frankfurter Position 2019” – une initiative du BHF-Bank-Stiftung” Les Hivernales-CNDC - le Kunsten festival des arts (Brussels), Teatro Municipal do Porto/Festival DDD - dias de dança, Theater Freiburg (Germany), Muffatwerk München, Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças et le soutien de Redes da Maré e Centro de Artes da Maré.
with support of: Zeca Assumpçao, Inês Assumpçao, Alexandre Seabra, Mendel

Lia Rodrigues est Artiste associée àChaillot – Théâtre national de la Danseet auCentquatre Paris

Why are we speaking? To whom are we speaking? About whom are we speaking? How are we speaking? From what place are we speaking? Clarice Lispector, Brazilian writer, in “The Passion According GH”, says: “The world would not only frighten me if I became the world. If I'm the world, I will not be afraid. If we are the world, we are moved by a delicate radar that guides us.” How do we become worlds? How can we be guided by a delicate radar and, on this specific and unique place that is the stage, create a world? A world overwhelmed by ghastly images, by luminous images, crossed by a multitude of unanswered questions and torn by contrasts and paradoxes. A world of fury.

An uncertain dawn is looming, sprinkled with images that look us in the face. The images wander, sketch an outline in the space, stare at us. Is it a caravel? A procession? A weapon or a flag? Bodies are dragged. Existing and invented beings appear. A jumble of fragments, fragments of jumbles, which give shape to the layers and the entanglements of which we are made. Images break away, but refuse immediate comprehension. They erase their limits, opening up onto disorientation. We realize that we no longer know if we are facing, or inside of, these images, because they have ceased to be the guardians of their references. We have buried these images in a casket, so that they can no longer look us in the eye, and they have been reborn in a cradle, strengthened, spitting the infinite ignorance that we cultivate… “Fúria” inaugurates a world that shouldn’t be inaugurated. Because this should be a world that shapes us; yet this isn’t the case. This new work tears us away from the comfort of ignorance that masks, hypocritically, the hideous damages of slavery and colonialism, those that weave the daily life from which we persist on turning away our gaze. Leonardo Nunes, Clara Cavalcante, Felipe Vian, Carolina Repetto, Valentina Fittipaldi, Andrey Silva, Larissa Lima, Karoll Silva and Ricardo Xavier open our eyes and show us that we are threatened by the absence of fury. The lack of fury lies in wait for us at each of the intermingling scenes, and we remain disoriented when we realize that it has died out inside us. The time has come to awaken the fury, the fury of the strength to resist, the fury of the passion to create.

Born in 1956 in Sao Paolo, Lia Rodrigues studied Ballet and History at the Sao Paolo University, and her first professional engagement was with Maguy Marin Dance Company in France. When she returned to Brasil, she formed Lia Rodrigues Dance Company in Rio de Janeiro, with activities all the year round, dance laboratories, creations, classes and rehearsals. Since 2004, her Company is involved in developing educational and artistic activities in Maré Favela in Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with with the non-government Organisation Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré. Thanks to this collaboration, the Arts Center of Maré was opened in 2009 and the Free Dance School of Maré opened in 2011. During 40 years of professional and artistitic life, choreographer Lia Rodrigues has dedicated herself not only to training and artistic creation with touring and commissioning from the majors world capitals, but also to education with workshops and seminars all over the world. Mixing militancy and utopias, she believes in the synergy between the art and the social processes. She was awarded by the French government with the medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2016), and with the SACD Price for Choreography. In the Netherlands, she received the Prince Claus Award (2014).

Bodies subjugated, rebellious, trance-like… The Brazilian troupe, partially composed of dancers from the favela, denounces in a resounding manner the brutality of its society.
© Télérama

One doesn’t leave a performance unscathed. Stunned, shaken or angered, for each to choose. The choreography of Lia Rodrigues is among those performance-worlds that speak to everyone...
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