Lia Rodrigues [BR/FR]



10.05 – 13.05.2014

A torrent of images

The artistic creations of Lia Rodrigues are emblematic of her political and social engagement. As the driving force of an arts centre in one of Rio’s largest favelas, the chorographer makes no distinction between her dance and the heterogeneous society in which she implants herself. Pindorama was Brazil’s name before Portuguese colonisation. Pindorama is also the name of the final part of a trilogy that began with Pororoca (2010) and Piracema (2011) – both were staged in Kaaitheater. It describes a physical, sensorial, and spiritual landscape in constant transformation.

With scant resources – a bare room, a plastic tarp, naked bodies, water – the choreographer evokes a torrent of images. A group of dancers moves between vulnerability and violence, between virginity and destruction. From solitary individuals, they evolve into a teeming crowd; they dream of a collective body as a shield against the fury of the elements. With this compelling ‘living installation’, Lia Rodrigues plunges us into a utopia.

• Lia Rodrigues is one of the figureheads of contemporary dance in Brazil, praised for her physical and energetic dance idiom. In Maré, one of the biggest favelas in Rio, she founded the cultural centre La Casa de Cultura. Here she works with her Companhia de Danças and combines artistic creation with artistic and social work with the inhabitants of the favela.

Matinee Kadee - Sunday 11/05 - 15:00

For parents: Lia Rodrigues, Pindorama
For the children: fantasy workshop by KAMO. We transform the Kaaitheater building into a land that does not exist! The children make up a story full of adventure and together we bring it to life. Ready? Here we go!
Crèche for younger brothers and sisters between 0 and 4 years old

Advance booking is required; there are a limited number of places available for the workshop; participation is free, provided there is a paid booking for the matinee performance.

creation Lia Rodrigues | dancers t.b.c. | dramaturgy Silvia Soter | artistic collaboration Guillaume Bernardi | lighting design Nicolas Boudier | photography Sammi Landweer | assistant to the choreographer Amalia Lima | residency at Théâtre Jean-Vilar de Vitry – supported by the Conseil Régional d’Ile-de-France | co-production Festival d’Automne (Paris), Théâtre national de Chaillot,  Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine, La Briqueterie/CDC du Val-de-Marne, KING’S FOUNTAIN., Kunstenfestivaldesarts in co-realisation with Kaaitheater, HELLERAU-European Center for the Arts (Dresden), Secretaria  de Cultura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro & REDES de Desenvolvimento da Maré | co-realisation Festival d'Automne (Paris), Théâtre national de Chaillot, Théâtre de la Cité internationale