(c) Sammi Landweer

Like an ancient horde the nine dancers slip out of their camp and flock together into a single long, dark procession of a wild and elusive mass. Quaking and grasping bodies that seem to dehumanize themselves and grab, prepare and control each other in constantly changing triumphal or funeral marches. With her rousing Companhia de Danças Lia Rodrigues has found a highly intense, movingly dystopic image for the acute threat to the achievements of humanism and universality, the consequences of the coarsening of society around the world and neo-fascism in Brazil. The company’s rehearsal and training centre is in Maré, one of Rio de Janeiro’s toughest favelas: here too Latin America’s leading choreographer makes a consistent stand against racism and social segregation. Lia Rodrigues, most recently seen at the Mousonturm with “For the Sky Not to Fall” (2016), uses stirring engagement and her considerable skill to transform contemporary dance into a poetic and compelling body politics. With her decision to move her company’s rehearsal centre to Maré, one of the toughest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Lia Rodrigues, one of Brazil’s leading choreographers, made a political and artistic stand against racism and social segregation. The new production of this most important contemporary choreographer of Brazil is deeply influenced by the extreme conditions of of the context in which it was created. In ‘Fúria’ the choreographer addresses the theme of difference with a rousing ensemble of nine. The piece transforms the theatre into a fragile utopian world in which the dancers are a wild gang, then an autonomous organism or a collection of remarkable individuals. Their bodies beat and scream, they grasp, snuggle and cling together. Lia Rodrigues, whose last work ‘For the Sky Not to Fall’ was shown in 2016 as part of ‘Projeto Brasil’ at the Mousonturm, is the true master of a “body-political” dance.


Premiere in the German-speaking area
German Premiere as part of the Frankfurter Positionen 2019
Choreography: Lia Rodrigues
Dance: Leonardo Nunes, Felipe Vian, Clara Cavalcanti, Carolina Repetto, Valentina Fittipaldi, Andrey Silva, Karoll Silva, Larissa Lima, Ricardo Xavier

Eine Produktion von Théâtre National de Chaillot, mit Unterstützung der Fondation d’entreprise Hermès im Rahmen des Programms New Settings. Koproduziert von Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, Festival d’Automne, Centquatre Paris, MA scène-nationale Pays-de-Montbéliard, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main im Rahmen des Festivals „Frankfurter Positionen 2019” – eine Intitiative der BHF-Bank-Stiftung -, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Bruxelles), Teatro Municipal do Porto, Festival DDD – Dias da Dança, Theater Freiburg, Muffatwerk München und durch Unterstützung des Redes da Maré e Centro de Artes da Maré. Lia Rodrigues ist Artiste associée am Théâtre national de Chaillot und am Centquatre Paris.

Frankfurter Positionen 2019 ist eine Initiative der BHF BANK Stiftung. Das Netzwerk der Frankfurter Positionen 2019: BHF-BANK-Stiftung, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt LAB, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Institut für Sozialforschung (IfS), Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (Ircam), Kaserne Basel, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Schauspiel Stuttgart, S. Fischer Verlag, Städelschule/Portikus, Verlag der Autoren, Medienpartner hr2-kultur.