The Belo Monte dam is a hydroelectric power plant under construction on the Xingu River in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Once built, it will be the third largest dam in the world. This colossal structure will threaten biodiversity and indigenous people, whose survival depends on the resources of the land. The concrete walls will no longer allow them to reach Altamira by canoe, and thousands of people will be forced to leave the places where they were born and lived. Gabriela Carneiro Da Cunha has worked closely with local people, conducting extensive field research resulting in Altamira 2042: a polyphony of beings, languages, sounds and noises that bring to the public’s attention the voices that are being silenced. While the performer orchestrates, together with the audience, the different movements of the work, “techno-shamanic” devices, such as projectors, LED speakers, rattles and drums, carry and amplify human and non-human voices: those of the Araweté and Juruna indigenous people, Altamira journalists, environmentalists, rappers and artists, the sounds of the city and the forest, the rain, the Xingu River itself, frogs, birds, and chainsaws at work. The Belo Monte dam is no longer a simple construction: it is the emblem and the myth of the enemy.
Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha is an actress, director and researcher. For the past five years, she has been developing a project dedicated to listening to and amplifying the testimony of the Brazilian river people. It is a response to the Anthropocene, defined as the moment when humans stop fearing the catastrophe, becoming the catastrophe itself. Altamira 2042 is the second act following a performance on the protests of the population of the Araguaia River, presented in the affected areas with the involvement of the local community. Gabriela has worked with directors such as Ariane Mnouchkine, Georgette Fadel, Cibele Forjaz, Grace Passô, Eryk Rocha and Heitor Dhalia. She has received awards from Faperj Scholarship, Funarte Artistic Training Scholarship, Oi Futuro Artsônica Residency, Goethe Institute.
ITC MolariAccessibility: accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility.
via Orsini, 19
Duration: 90 minutes.
Language: Portuguese with Italian and English subtitles.
Ideazione e regia Gabriela Carneiro Da Cunha, Xingu River / con Cibele Forjaz / assistenti alla regia João Marcelo Iglesias, Clara Mor, Jimmy Wong / ricerca e interazione artistica Dinah De Oliveira, Sonia Sobral / testi Raimunda Gomes Da Silva, João Pereira Da Silva, Povos Indígenas Araweté E Juruna, Bel Juruna, Eliane Brum, Antonia Mello, Mc Rodrigo - Poeta Marginal, Mc Fernando, Thais Santi, Thais Mantovanelli, Marcelo Salazar, Lariza / tecnologia, programmazione e automazione Bruno Carneiro e Computadores Fazem Arte / creazione multimediale Bruno Carneiro, Rafael Frazão / immagini Eryk Rocha, Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, João Marcelo Iglesias, Clara Mor and Cibele Forjaz / video editing João Marcelo Iglesias, Rafael Frazão, Gabriela Carneiro Da Cunha / editing testi Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, João Marcelo Iglesias / suoni Felipe Storino, Bruno Carneiro / costumi Carla Ferraz / luci Cibele Forjaz / ideazione installazioni Carla Ferraz, Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha / produzione installazioni Carla Ferraz, Cabeção, Ciro Schou / visual design Rodrigo Barja / body work Paulo Mantuano, Mafalda Pequenino / ricerca Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, João Marcelo Iglesias, Cibele Forjaz, Clara Mor, Dinah De Oliveira, Eliane Brum, Sonia Sobral, Mafalda Pequenino, Eryk Rocha / responsabile produzione Gabriela Gonçalves / produzione Corpo Rastreado, Aruac Filmes / co-produzione MITsp – Mostra Internacional de Teatro de São Paulo / distribuzione Judith Martin - Ligne Direct / fotografia Nereu Jr., Clara Mor, Rafael Frazão / teaser Renato Vallone, Rafael Frazão.
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