Bruno Freire São Paulo, Brazil

Life is not useful or
It is what it is

São Paulo, Brazil
February 16, 2023 9:00 pm
Free entrance
Free entrance
February 16, 2023 9:00 pm


In my search for philosophical and choreographic notions around the marvelous, I came across Ailton Krenak, philosopher doctor honoris causa from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, “one of the most important political voices in contemporary Brazil. Along with other indigenous intellectuals and activists, such as David Kopenawa and Daniel Munduruku” (Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, 2020). Ailton Krenak has published recently his ideas under the titles Ideas for postponing the end of the world, Life is not useful, and Ancestral Future.

Based on his definition of “life as an experience of wonderment and astonishment”, I am dreaming this solo-dance-conference in my living room, treating his words as musical scores. Eliane Brum, a journalist of El País and one of the creators of the journal of the central of the world Sumaúma, affirms radically that “the answers and solutions to the climate urgency will rather come from those who has always protected the forest and not from those who has always destroyed it”. So what I’m proposing here is to listen, while dancing, this important voice, together. My work is to compose a movement’s writing with his sentences. Dancing as a way to embody one’s criticism, to inhabit a reflection, to let oneself be crossed by other words, worlds, which denounce the devouring and the eaters of our world.


Bruno Freire is a choreographic artist and performer from São Paulo. After studying communication and semiotics and graduating in dance and performance from PUC-SP (Brazil), he set off for Europe to take the ex.e.r.ce choreographic masters programme in Montpellier (2013-2015). During his training, he dabbled at architecture, video, theatre, photography, poetry, performance, and at just being a wanderer. He is based in Belgium. In Brazil, he used to work with Sheila Ribeiro, Cristian Duarte, Thelma Bonavita, among others. Recently he has collaborated with Mette Ingvarsten and Radouan Mziriga. He is still searching for the marvelous and is interested in developing practices and forms of performative writing that can inspire his experiments.


Accessibility: venue accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. Facilitated access from side entrance through via A. Costa.

via Ruggeri, 16



coreografia e performance Bruno Freire
ispirato a interviste e conferenze di Ailton Krenak
assistenti Manon Santkin e Robson Ledesma
provocazioni Cristian Duarte
traduzioni Roz Wythes (inglese) / Manon Santkin (francese)
produzione Entropie Production
grazie a Ana Teixeira, Thiago Alixandre e Tarina Quelho
sostenuto da Europa Creativa nell'ambito di Culture Moves Europe

© Werner Strouven