foto Renato Mangolin

Zona Franca

Cia Suave / Alice Ripoll
do 10 apr 20:00
In hoeverre is het mogelijk om je eigen pad te kiezen?
  • 10 apr
    TR25 Schouwburg, Rotterdam
    Grote zaal

Vrijheid is het centrale thema in Zona Franca, een dansvoorstelling die contactdans, TikTok, Afro-house en
passinho verweeft.

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De Braziliaanse dansgroep Cia Suave en Alice Ripoll worstelen met vragen over vrijheid in een stuk dat populaire dansstijlen uit Brazilië met elkaar verbindt, waaronder passinho. Deze voorstelling gaat over het kruispunt: in hoeverre is het mogelijk om je eigen pad te kiezen? In hoeverre kan een artistieke ontmoeting de loop van een leven veranderen? En wat gebeurt er als een samenleving kiest voor barbarij en oorlog en het individu zich machteloos voelt? Maken we echt onze persoonlijke keuzes?


Would a nation choose to walk towards its own destruction?

A dance group, which is more than the sum of its parts, moves through Brazil, a country reborn from the ashes. We observe our many deaths and lives in the course of a lifetime, like a snake that sheds its dead skin. Birthdays come, celebrations of life that never measure up to it. When a balloon bursts in a child's party it is a fright in the middle of the celebration, the sudden end of something beautiful, like an implosion, a shock.

Would a nation choose to walk towards its own destruction? The kind of questions we would also ask about ourselves and the others; How do the forces that make us up fight with each other? We have thus brought to the scene questions about these crossroads. How is it possible to sniff the paths? Moreover, we wonder how much an artistic encounter can change the course of a life. And what happens when a society chooses barbarism, war, and the individual finds himself powerless? Are we really making our personal choices?

We deal here with strong feelings, we confront collectives such as religions, rituals, festivities. How much does a group encourage or suppress one’s capacity of being free? What events or circumstances can change a trajectory? A meeting, a book, love, religion, the government, an opportunity?

One defining moment. Like a portal you go through.

We make use of ritualistic elements such as the trance, the vertigo aroused by the drums. It’s a free zone and we bring truths. We have created a space where we pursue freedom, both for performers and the public. But another global free zone also seems to be present, a somber one this time, sprawling across the world economy. The title also refers to the free incorporation of elements from different dances and music, characteristic of artistic movements born after the Internet.

We proceed with the group's research, which started in the previous shows Suave and Cria, on the connections between urban and popular dances in Brazil and a contemporary performance and staging, where we ask ourselves what voices do these dances speak, what can we express through them? Besides “Passinho”, this work presents elements of contact dance, theater, vocal research, Afro dances, Afrohouse, Sabala, Tiktok, and dances from the north and northeast of Brazil, such as Pisadinha and Brega Funk.

About Alice Ripoll 
Choreographer based in Rio de Janeiro, Alice directs two dance groups, REC and SUAVE. She investigates relationships between contemporary dance, theater, performance and Brazilian urban dances. Her performances are being shown at several festivals and theaters in Brazil and abroad, such as Panorama Festival, Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Centre Pompidou, HAU, Wiener Festwochen and others.


choreography Alice Ripoll performers Gabriel Tiobil, GB Dançarino Brabo, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Maylla Eassy, Petersonsidy, Romulo Galvão, Tamires Costa, Thamires Candida, VN Dançarino Brabo assistant directors Alan Ferreira and Thais Peixoto light design Tomás Ribas and Diana Joels light technician Tainã Miranda set and costume design Raphael Elias assistant costume designer and seamstress Gabriel Alves soundtrack Alice Ripoll and Alan Ferreira sound technician and rehearser Renato Linhares / Alan Ferreira
illustration and designer Caick Carvalho photos Renato Mangolin tour manager Bem Medeiros production assistants Isabela Peixoto co-production Festival de Marseille, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Charleroi Danse, RomaEuropa, Tandem Scène nationale, tanzhaus nrw, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Julidans, Les Mécènes DanseAujourdhui diffusion ART HAPPEN