©Renato Mangolin


Alice Ripoll
vr 7 okt - za 8 okt
Schrobben als theatraal gebaar

In Alice Ripoll and Cia REC's latest work, "Lavagem", reality and fantasy mix together in a delirium, reminding us of an apocalyptic dream. With the help of buckets, water and soap, this performance investigates ambivalent images taking into account, and critically observing, the act of cleaning and its scenic and historical unfolding. The elements used here create multiple poetic images of exodus, crossings, rituals, rebirth, and resistance.

In Brazilian Portuguese, the word "lavagem" means cleanliness, the act of cleaning,
sanitation, but it also means pigs will. “Lavagem de dinheiro”, or money laundering, is
an expression used to disguise the illicit origin of revenues. “Lavagem cerebral”, or
brainwashing, is what you do to force someone to think a certain way. "Alma lavada",
or cleansed soul, means we have experienced great relief and now feel peaceful, with
no pending matters to resolve.

What actually needs to be cleaned? The houses, the dirt inside the rooms? The trails
left behind, the historical facts? The scents of body fluids, those we smell when we
come close to each other? Soap foam colors the bodies and hints at invisibility; bubbles
suggest a world of dreams, standing in stark contrast to the severe lack of social
mobility in the real world.

The audience may look at this piece from a pictorial point of view, but they might also
feel touched by issues relating to social status and hierarchy, destinies previously
traced, and opportunities.

By building a close relationship with the audience, this piece fosters the possibility of
finding new ways to establish contact between performers and spectators, proposing a
new experience of a shared space. Physical closeness can evoke claustrophobia, and
suggest concrete or symbolic tightness; but it can also present itself as a cozy womb,
where smells, skin textures, and the warmth that emanates from the bodies are

"Lavagem" presents an ancestral past filled with struggles, but also with secrets about
joy and cheerfulness.

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Director Alice Ripoll Original idea Alan Ferreira Performers Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton, Tamires Costa Creation Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton, Tuany Nascimento Production director Natasha Corbelino | Corbelino Cultural Production assistant, set assistant Thais Peixoto Artistic assistant Laura Samy Photos Renato Mangolin Set designer Raquel Theo Visagism props Cleber de Oliveira Costume designer Paula Ströher Light designer Tomas Ribas Light Technician Nadja Naira Tour planning ART HAPPENS Support Rafael Machado Fisioterapia Coprodution Kunstenfetivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein, Kaserne Basel, Wiener Festwochen, Julidans, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, Passages Transfestival, Romaeuropa Festival and Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale, Festival d’Automne à Paris.

Special thanks Alexandre Belfort, Sulamita Costa, Juliana França, André Oliveira,
Walace Ferreira, Juliete Schultz, Mauricio Lima, Pedro Bento, Thamires Candida, Dilo
Paulo, Diewry Patrick, Lenna Santos de Siqueira, Camila Rocha, Centro Coreográfico da
Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Arnoldo Pereira de Souza, Anita Tandeta, Camila Moura,
Renato Linhares, Cecilia Ripoll, Andrea Capella, Casa de Mystérios e Novidades.