Lia Rodrigues


Archive 2021

Choreography, Lia Rodrigues
Assistant, Amália Lima
With dancers from the Carte Blanche company :Adrian Bartczak, Aslak Aune Nygård, Caroline Eckly, Daniel Mariblanca, Dawid Lorenc, Guro Rimeslåtten, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Karen Lynne Bjerknesli, Mathias Stoltenberg, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Ole Martin Meland, Sebastian Biong, Tilly Sordat, and Timothy Bartlett
Lighting, Nicolas Boudier
A production by Carte Blanche – the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance
With support from Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Partnership with France Culture

With Nororoca, Lia Rodrigues sets up links between Brazil and Norway. Initiated in response to the invitation from the Norwegian company Carte Blanche early in 2020, this collaboration took shape between two continents, and sets up a dialogue between the dancers and the choreographer.

At the origins of Nororoca, we find Pororoca, a show devised by Lia Rodrigues in 2009, the imaginary world of which drew its inspiration from a tidal phenomenon: the mighty encounter, at the mouth of the Amazon, between fresh water and the salty currents of the Atlantic. This metaphor of the confrontation of differences takes on a new dimension in Nororoca, a re-run of a piece dedicated to Carte Blanche, Norway's national contemporary dance company. Directed by the French choreographer, Annabelle Bonnéry, the company set up a temporary home in the Maré favela in Rio de Janeiro, where Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças has been in existence since 2004. Rehearsed in Maré, and then in Bergen in Norway, Nororoca is the result of this dialogue that takes us beyond frontiers. An exploration of human relations and our relationship with those around us, this piece, first performed early in 2020, but then put on hold by the onset of the pandemic, bears witness to the manner in which dance circulates and mutates, in a free way.

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