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CHOREOGRAPHIES OF A SPLIT COUNTRY
With Alice Ripoll (choreographer, Rio de Janeiro), Calixto Neto (choreographer, Paris)
Host: Nayse Lopez (journalist and director of the Panorama Festival, Rio of Janeiro)

This session includes the presentation of the short film «About Questions, Shames and Scars» by Alice Ripoll & Cia REC and the premiere of the video performance «Burn down the house»(provisional title) by Calixto Neto, followed by a conversation with the artists about their experiences living and working in the face of structural racism, a neo-fascist government, and the coronavirus. As these crises potentialize one another, Black people and people of colour are even more exposed to the politics of death in Brazil today.

The starting point of Calixto Neto#39;s presentation is the reenactment of an iconic solo piece of Brazilian contemporary dance: «Samba do Crioulo Doido» (2004) by choreographer Luiz de Abreu. The artist dives into the history of this creation and the context that gave birth to it more than 15 years ago, and he compares it to the Brazil of 2020, like an inventory of our days. The short film by Alice Ripoll & Cia Crea emerged from their reflections of an artistic team with a director and dancers, who are very different, about a Brazil of serious inequalities, Bolsonaro’s fascist politics, COVID-19, and their performance «aCORDO».

These artistic presentations are part of Brazil Hijacked, a program of exhibitions, video performances, films and talks created to give visibility to the project of destruction of culture and contemporary thought currently happening in Brazil. To do so, it invites Brazilian artists and culture activists to talk about how neo-fascist project of the Bolsonaro government is affecting their lives, dreams and future. «Brazil Hijacked» was originally created for Antic Teatre / Festival Grec Barcelona 2020 by independent curators Eduardo Bonito and Isabel Ferreira. The presented video works are co-produced by Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Tanz im August.

Aug 29, 2020 03:30 PM in Zurich

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