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Marcela Levi is a choreographer and performer. Over the last 20 years, she has been developing projects that dissolve the boundaries between dance and the visual arts creating a zone of ambiguity and displacements. Graduated from the Angel Vianna Dance School (Rio de Janeiro), Levi has been a resident artist at the Art Center Les Recollets (France), at the Artistas en Residencia - Casa Encendida / Aula de Danza Program (Spain), at Espacio Cultural Azala (Spain), at the Laboratório de Criatividade Urbana ON.OFF, Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture (Portugal), guest artist at the Rio Occupation London program, at the London Cultural Olympiad promoted by SEC RJ (London) and received the Batiscafo scholarship (Cuba). Her projects: Image" (2002), "Mass of Senses" (2004) - included as one of the ten best dance works of 2004 in the O Globo newspaper list - , "In-organic" (2007) - included by the English Artsadmin organization in "The top 40 illustrated guide to 2008", cited in the 2008 yearbook of the German magazine Ballettanz and included as one of the ten best dance works of 2007 in the list of Jornal do Brasil - and "Around the hole everything is edge" (2009) - included among the highlights of dance in 2009 by the specialized critics of the newspaper O Globo, awarded the ZKB Recognition Award / Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Zurich 2010 - were presented at various festivals and art centers as: Impulstanz Festival (Vienna), Les inaccoutumés - Ménagerie de Verre (Paris), in Transit (Berlin), In Presentables (Madrid), Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Nottdance (Nottingham), Arnolfini (Bristol), Teatro Solís (Uruguay), COCOA Festival (Buenos Aires), International Dance Biennial of Ceará, Casa França Brasil, MAM RJ, among others. Levi has collaborated with the artists Lia Rodrigues, Vera Mantero, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Laura Erber, Manuel Vason, Cristina Moura, Dani Lima and Gustavo Ciríaco, and others.
In 2010, Marcela Levi (1973, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Lucía Russo (1975, Patagonia, Argentina) founded in Rio de Janeiro a nomadic place of training, research and creation called Improvável Produções (Improbable Productions). Levi & Russo are committed to a polyphonic direction in which different inventive positions intertwine in a process that embraces deviant lines, dissent and internal differences as a constructive critical force and not as self-exclusive polarities.
The work of Improvável Produções tends towards an experimental aesthetic that emerges from a singular encounter with the impasses of Brazilian society. There is a rigorous effort to, instead of succumbing, convert tensions and entanglements into the very matter of an artistic production.
Improvável Produções is responsible for the conception, creation and production of the dance pieces "Monstrous Nature" (2011), "Mordedores" (2015) - included in the list of the newspaper O Globo as one of the outstanding dance shows in 2015 - ,"Iron Mouth" (2016) - included in the list of the newspaper O Globo as one of the outstanding dance performances in 2018 and nominated for the Cesgranrio Dance Prize in the categories "best choreography" and "best dancer" - , "Let it Burn" (2017) - included in the list of the newspaper O Globo as one of the outstanding dance performances in 2017 - , "HARM-ONY" (2019), with the coproduction of Iberescena Fund and NAVE (Santiago do Chile), grrRoUNd" (2021), with the coproduction of Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, Julidans, Pact Zollverein and Something Great, and the urban intervention "Sandwalk with me" (2012/13), with the coproduction of Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro). Levi & Russo projects have been presented in many theatres, festivals and arts centres in Latin America and Europe as: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (Paris), Julidans (Amsterdam), Zurich Moves!, Side Step Festival (Helsinki), Tanzquartier (Vienna), MIT (São Paulo), Festival de Curitiba, Sala Hiroshima (Barcelona), MAM (Rio de Janeiro), Sophiensaele / Performance Platform: Body Affect (Berlin), Zürcher Theater Spektakel Festival, Fundação Gulbenkian (Lisboa), Spring Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht), among many others.