Lia Rodrigues Encantado
Devised in the context of the sanitary crisis, Encantado, the latest creation by the Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues, sets off on the trail of magic and incantation, on a quest to re-enchant the world and the body.
In Brazil, the word « encantado » has several meanings. It can be either a synonym of astonishment and wonder or qualify the effects of a magic spell, as in the French « enchanté », but it also has its own meaning in Afro-American culture. Here, it is used to designate animated entities, the « encantados », which navigate between land and sky, dunes and rocks, and which turn them into sacred places. It is these mysterious forces, intimately linked to nature, under threat in today's world, which are the inspiration behind Lia Rodrigues's Encantado, a piece which bears the hallmarks of the context in which it was created. With the Covid-19 impacting particularly heavily on Brazil, the choreographer, committed to the democratisation of art in her country, asked herself the question of how we could « enchant our fears » in order to recreate a dynamic collective and bring individuals closer together. In doing so, Encantado is an invitation to return to natural sources of strength, in search of images, landscapes and movements which – similar to the « encantados » – journey from one body to the next.
Created by Lia Rodrigues
Choreography and creative process in close collaboration with eleven performerstes
Creative assistant, Amalia Lima
Stage work, Silvia Soter
Artistic collaboration and image, Sammi Landweer
Lights, Nicolas Boudier
General and lights coordinators, Magali Foubert and Baptistine Méral
Soundtrack, excerpts from songs from the GUARANI MBYA people/Kalipety do T.I. (Indigenous territory)/Tenondé Porã, sung and played during protests in Brasilia, August 2021, as indigenous peoples called for the recognition of their endangered ancestral land.
Mix, Alexandre Seabra
Produced and disseminated by Colette de Turville
Production and dissemination assistant, Astrid Toledo
Administration, Jacques Segueilla
Secretariat, Gloria Laureano
Instructors,: Amalia Lima, Sylvia Barretto, Valentina Fittipaldi
A play dedicated to Oliver
Co-produced by Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris); CENTQUATRE-PARIS; Scène nationale Carré-Colonnes (Saint- Médard-en-Jalles); Bordeaux Métropole; TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers; Scène nationale du Sud-Aquitain; La Coursive – Scène nationale I La Rochelle; L’empreinte, Scène nationale Brive-Tulle; Théâtre d’Angoulême; Le Moulin du Roc – Scène nationale (Niort); Théâtre Jean Lurçat – Scène Nationale d’Aubusson; Oara – Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine – Bordeaux; Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels); Theaterfestival (Basel); HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin); Oriente Occidente Dance Festival (Rovereto); Theater Freiburg; Julidans (Amsterdam); Teatro Municipal do Porto; DDD – Festival Dias da Dança (Porto); Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, Association Lia Rodrigues – France; Festival d’Automne à Paris
With support from Redes da Maré e Centro de Artes da Maré, partners from FONDOC (Occitanie), the German Foreign Ministry's international assistance fund for cultural and educational organizations 2021, Goethe-Institut Lia Rodrigues is an associate artist at Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse and CENTQUATRE-PARIS
Special thanks to Thérèse Barbanel, Antoine Manologlou, Maguy Marin, Eliana Souza Silva, the team at Centro de Artes da Maré