Luiz de Abreu and Calixto Neto / France, Brazil

O Samba do Crioulo Doido. Recreation 2020

July 1523.00
July 1623.00
July 1721.30

Luiz de Abreu uses dance to deconstruct identity attribution processes for specific ethnic and social groups. He does this by asking Calixto Neto to reproduce on stage the stereotypes connected to the representation of black bodies, deeply rooted in Brazil and caught somewhere between exoticism and eroticism. By overturning the cliché, the choreographer mocks a widespread and unconscious form of racism. This solo, created and performed by Luiz de Abreu before being passed on to Calixto Neto, develops a peculiar choreographic language that refocuses the question of identity on the materiality of the body. The power of the writing appears to be commensurate with the urgency of facing the issue of decolonisation, the legacy of slavery and the power dynamics it engenders. Carried by a transgressive sense of humour, O Samba do Crioulo Doido is an open criticism of the subordinate condition still assigned to black people. The performance plays with the body and patriotic symbols, treating dance as physical liberation, emancipation, and a cry through which the body goes from being an object to being a subject.

July 16 and 17: 19.00 / 20.00
Free entrance
The film reveals the transmission process of the piece O Samba do Crioulo Doido.

Luiz Augusto Barbosa – known as Luiz de Abreu – discovered dance in the 1960s through the rituals of the Afro-Brazilian Umbanda religion. His work focuses mainly on exploring stereotypes related to black bodies, and it has been shown in France, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where the choreographer lives and works. O Samba do Crioulo Doido is part of the Centre Pompidou’s videodance collection.

Calixto Neto studied theatre at the Federal University of Pernambuco, then trained in dance at the Grupo Experimental de Dança in Recife, following the Master ex.e.r.ce. He was a member of Lia Rodrigues’ company from 2007 to 2013, and he has worked with Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Collod and Bo-Kevin Jean. He developed his own research with the performances oh!rage, Outrar e Feijoada.

  • Parco Baden Powell

Duration: 25 minutes.

Regia, coreografia, scenografia, costumi, produzione Luiz de Abreu / performer Calixto Neto / collaborazione artistica Jackeline Elesbão, Pedro Ivo Santos, Fabrícia Martins / luci Luiz de Abreu, Alessandra Domingues / stage manager Emmanuel Gary / colonna sonora Luiz de Abreu, Teo Ponciano / produzione e distribuzione Julie Le Gall / assistente alla produzione Michael Summers.

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