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The Performing Arts festival began in Brazil, with an eye on the environment and social tensions

With a strong social, racial, political, environmental and human rights imprint, the 6th edition of MIRADA–Ibero-American Festival of Performing Arts in Santos, Brazil, which ends on Sunday, September 18. The proposal is based on 36 multi-language shows in theater, dance, performance and street theater, coming from thirteen countries.

Representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Uruguay and Venezuela will participate in this edition. Brazil will have artists from the states of Sergipe, Federal District, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Portugal will be the honored country.

the philosopher Djamila Ribeiro (Federal University of São Paulo) and Vice-Secretary of Human Rights and Citizenship Affairs in the municipal government Sao Paulo was in charge of giving the opening conference of the meeting at the Sesc Santos Theater this Saturday at noon on “decoloniality” and postcolonialism.

Djamila Ribeiro, black Brazilian feminist, journalist and philosopher.  Photo: Wikipedia

Djamila Ribeiro, black Brazilian feminist, journalist and philosopher. Photo: Wikipedia

There he maintained: “The decolonial process means to stop telling our story only from the perspective of pain, of the colonizer, as if our history did not begin before, in Africa and even in the period of slavery, as if we did not think of a series of emancipatory exits”.

“The promotion of critical and self-critical thinking with its training activities has always been a fundamental point of the Festival”, they maintain from the organization: throughout the ten days, there will be rounds of conversation, exchanges, workshops, performances, exhibitions, presentations of open books and meetings.

The director of Sesc São Paulo, Daniel Santos de Mirandaexplains: “Culture provides the opportunity to reduce borders and strengthen dialogues between different peoples. MIRADA was born in 2010 with the aim of presenting scenic experiences from Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal, favoring dialogues between creators and the public to encourage exchanges and reflections on common heritages and particular identities”.

A guide to what will take the stage

On stage, works will be seen that will address burning issues such as climate change and environmental consequences. The question of the Amazon will be present in, for example, Amazon Theaterdevised by the Spanish choreographer Laida Azkona Goñi and the Chilean video-artist Txalo Toloza-Fernández. There they trace an inventory of the violence in the Brazilian north from trips to the states of Amazonas and Pará.

Will also be The Moon in the Amazons, directed by the brothers Heidi Abderhalden and Rolf Abderhalden, from the group Map Theater, Bogotawhich narrates a real event, that of the discovery in a territory of Colombia, in 2019, of indigenous communities that live isolated by their own will.

and Vila Parisifrom Colectivo 302, from Cubatão, directed by Douglas Lima and guided by Eliana Monteiro, from Teatro da Vertigem, part of the memory and stories of those who lived in that working-class neighborhood of São Paulo. Santista Baixada during 1980 (considered the most polluted in the world at the time). So bring to the stage reflections on environmental and social aspects.

The Moon in the Amazon, by the brothers Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden, from Bogotá.  Photo: Rolf Abderhalden

The Moon in the Amazon, by the brothers Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden, from Bogotá. Photo: Rolf Abderhalden

The Argentine representatives

For its part, our country will say present with Erase by Gustavo Tarrio, a parody to portray the dictatorship of ’76. Also with the woman i am, directed by Nelson Valente, a work that requires unconventional spaces for its development. Marina Otero will stage fuck mea reflection on the body of an artist.

The honored country, Portugal, has works that will deal with the always uncomfortable theme of the conquest, the genocide of native peoples and the colonizing process with African slaves.

One of the most important theater groups in Brazil will share with the public the current phase of his next work. rodeoby Teatro da Vertigem, will be released soon and there it is proposed to investigate the Brazilian rural environment, especially in the southeast and midwest, extending to the north, in the state of Rondônia.

Erase, by Gustavo Tarrio.  Photo by Francisco Castro Pizzo

Erase, by Gustavo Tarrio. Photo by Francisco Castro Pizzo

During the Festival, the cycle Conversations: Intersections between works You will reflect on the influences on the procedures in the creative processes, in debates with the public.

There will be five rounds with different themes: “Edge Theatre: Facing the Metropolis”; “How to be together?”; “Democratic actions on stage and off”; “Your body as a research space”; “The recreation/reinvention of social contexts in art”.

The parallel activities

In the workshops, artists and researchers from different fields will present their work. “Transshipment practices” will be coordinated by the choreographers Marcela Levifrom Brazil, and Lucia Russo, from Argentina; “Disassembly Hamlet” will be an activity aimed at educators, led by the Peruvian director Chela De Ferrari, on her “free” version of Shakespeare’s work, with eight actors and actresses with Down syndrome on stage.

In “For a review [des]norteadora: suleando pensamentos”, Guilherme Diniz will propose to the participants the exercise of theater criticism as a political act. “Escavação: a hystórya por bayxo das unhas”, with Juão Nyn, will question theater as we know it and will present theatrical manifestations already existing in Brazilian territory before the arrival of the Portuguese.

"A Caminhada dos Elefantes", works by Inés Barahona (Portugal).  Photo: Filipe Ferreira

“A Caminhada dos Elefantes”, works by Inés Barahona (Portugal). Photo: Filipe Ferreira

In all the activities and performances that make up this ambitious program it is thought how each work dialogues and interacts with its environmentwith their receivers. They are provocative texts that seek to disarm common places and ways of relating to, for example, nature to create new forms of communication.

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