marcela levi


Boca de Ferro (Iron mouth)
Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo | Improvável Produções
Brazil | Argentine

Musically, the state of Para, in northern Brazil, is an Amazonian Caribbean composed thanks to smuggling routes. In the 1950s, ships loaded with perfume and whiskey also brought along vinyls of merengue, salsa, and zouk. Some sixty years later, the influence of Caribbean sounds made the music from Pará flow into the "tecnobrega" - a music genre created by means of appropriation and alteration of popular songs. The "aparelhagens," name given to furious, monumental sound structures that are ubiquitous in tecnobrega parties nowadays, first started with handcarts known as "pick-ups," while the sound projector was nicknamed "boca de ferro" (iron mouth).

Our landscape of departure is the word "Belém": a place of confusion, chaos, noise, and disorder.

A rhapsody-dance of infernal, irreverent, playful, teasing, indecent, furious, canny, and sexy nature. A dance emanated by a body loaded with others, contradictions, ambiguities, good and evil, i.e., a human body, that of people.

How about a solo with mega sound, a spinning machine-gun, a dance-aparelhagem, a body-starship that detaches itself from identity while furiously shaking hips and body?

Artistic direction: Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo
Performance and co-creation: Ícaro dos Passos Gaya
Assistant: Tamires Costa
Lighting design: Isadora Giuntini
Costumes: Levi & Russo
Sound design: all the team
Photo: Elisa Mendes
Video: Tristán Pérez-Martín

Artistic residencies: Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Consulado de Argentina in Rio de Janeiro, Cultural Centre Sítio Canto da Sabiá, Gamboa Festival (Rio de Janeiro) and Graner (Barcelona)
Support: Sâlmon Festival, Hiroshima Theatre. (Spain) and Bisturi Material Hospitalar (Brazil).
Production: Improvável Produções
Distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE)

Thanks to: Aleix Caussa, Amália Lima, Andrea Pimentel, César Augusto, Carles Nogueras, Cristina Alonso, Daniel Luhmann, DJ Waldo Squash, Elena Carmona, Gastón Core, Ginetta Levi Mortera, Isabel Penoni, Jackie Silva, Laura Erber, Luiza Leite, Marcia Rubin, Maria Acselrad, Mercedes Russo, Miwa Yanagizawa, Paula Delecave, Paula Mori, Sérgio Rezende, Tatiana Altberg, Veronica Russo and Vitor Nascimento.