Manifesto transpofágico invites the audience to tirelessly observe Renata Carvalho’s travesti body and introduces us to its historical nature as well as its construction. ‘My body came before me, without my asking,’ but ‘in a way, I got pregnant with myself. I gave birth to me.’
When you read, you make choices. You translate what you read into the language of your life. A book like Tolstoi’s Anna Karenina could also be the collection of lives it has changed, for better or for worse. In this first play Tiago Rodrigues writes for tg STAN, he convincingly builds a bridge between the actors of the Portuguese Teatro Nacional and those of STAN.
The building blocks of Move (on) include the dialogues of the English playwright Dennis Kelly, a dull growling that expresses the sense of uneasiness in our society. Voices will rise above this, such as those of the characters created by the Egyptian author Alaa El Aswani. They speak of corruption, and of the economic, social and religious straitjacket in which they are imprisoned. They blend with voices from the work of the Palestinian Mahmoud Darwish or the Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannous, bursts of wild hope but simultaneously exclamations of shared powerlessness.
This durational installation-performance will transport the Kaaistudios to the Algiers of the 60s and 70s, when it was dubbed the Mecca of Revolution. In between broadcasting company and a foreign broadcast monitoring centre, this polyglot and polyphonic performance immerses you in its making, from conception to broadcast.
Luiz de Abreu, currently one of the sensations of the São Paulo Biennale, lets the young Brazilian dancer Calixto Neto perform his iconic piece O Samba de Criolo Doido. De Abreu created this piece in 2004, in a Brazil plagued by racist and homophobic violence. Dancing naked in silver glittery boots, all the cliches about the repertoire of Black Brazilian artists are exotically and erotically represented and de(con)structed.
Brazilian Carolina Bianchi works on the basis of rape stories, drawing too from art and literary history. Together with her collective Cara de Cavalo, Bianchi takes you on a journey, into the abyss.