As if he was journeying back to the etymological origins of choreography - the art of writing dance through characters, figures and signs -, Marcelo Evelin has crafted a piece that is animal-like, irreverent, and punctuated by ritual and tribal elements. Dança doente (or Sick Dance) becomes, via the means of dance, moving script.
In this work, Marcelo Evelin looks upon dance as an illness or, more precisely, as a symptom of that moment when the body alters its self-perception. It feels infected by the outside world, drained and disheartened by outside forces. The artist has borrowed from the writings, images and dances of the Japanese butô choreographer Hijikata Tatsumi. Little by little, a sumptuous phantasmagoria emanates from them, interwoven between fascination and fiction. The conjunction between the costume and lighting design with that of the moving bodies of the nine performers, from all horizons and generations, gives rise to a stylistic form of a pictorial nature in the living space. An imaginary language snakes its way through the air. A whisper slides in between the fissures in order to proffer words from the siamese sister of life: death. Set to a trance-like musical composition by Sho Takiguchi, what comes into flower before our eyes is a host of different places, eras and the world in its entirety. But we also see an invisible universe, that of the dead that live within us and move us, in both senses of the word. With the audience in such close, porous, and sensory proximity, the piece takes on the allure of a viral and contagious dance. It chances upon us like a premonition of death. Or alternatively, a prodigious reaffirmation of life in all its power.
A piece by Marcelo Evelin/Demolition Incorporada
Concept and choreography by Marcelo Evelin
Devised and performed by Andrez Lean Ghizze, Bruno Moreno, Carolina Mendonça, Fabien Marcil, Hitomi Nagasu, Marcelo Evelin, Márcio Nonato, Rosângela Sulidade, and Sho Takiguchi
Dramaturgy, Carolina Mendonça
Artistic collaboration, Loes Van der Pligt
Lightning, Thomas Walgrave
Sound, Sho Takiguchi
Costume adviser, Julio Barga
Technical direction, Luana Gouveia
Research Advice, Christine Greiner
Production management, Materiais Diversos + Regina Veloso/Demolition Incorporada
Distribution, Sofia Matos/Materiais Diversos | Abroad CAMPO | Brazil
Co-produced by the government of Brazil ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels) ; Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli – Campo Alegre (Porto) ; Kyoto Experiment KEX ; Spring Festival (Utrecht) ; Tanz Im August /HAU - Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin (DE) ; HAU Hebbel am Ufer / Tanzimaugust (Berlin) ; Teatro Municipal Maria Matos (Lisbon) ; Alkantara Festival (Lisbon) ; Festival Montpellier Danse ; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt) ; Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival, Gothenburg (SE) ; Gothenburg Festival ; TanzHaus nrw (Düsseldorf) ; Vooruit (Gent) ; T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; and Festival d’Automne à Paris // In association with T2G – Théâtre de Gennevilliers ; Festival d’Automne à Paris // Co-produced by NXTSTP, with support from the EU Cultural Programme // First performed on 5th May 2017 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)