grrRoUNd in Santos/SP (BR)
MIRADA - Ibero-american Festival of Performing Arts
Let it burn in Germany
Let it burn in Poland
grrRoUNd in São Paulo (BR)
Let it Burn in Europe
3 september - Festival Transpassages - Metz/FR
8-12 september - Théâtre de la Ville / Festival d'Automne à Paris - Paris/FR
14 september - Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie - Caen/FR
2-3 october - Kaserne Globâle - Basel/CH
Improvável Produções in Amsterdam/NL
© Emily Coenegrachts (RHoK)
Improvável Produções in Brussels/BE
© Renato Mangolin
July 1 - 4
Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo
It's a series of HAIKUS: CUTTING WORDS.
This collection of cutting words and cutting images was taken from the private archive of choreographers Marcela Levi and Lucía Russo. Archive of images and notes of rehearsals that took place throughout 2020 at the Espaço Cultural Sítio Canto da Sabiá, in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
A collection of moments, questions
In between acts
Residues of work in the studio, at the office
Do not try to glue them
Let them fluctuate
The word "ventana" (window ), in Spanish, is related to the word "viento" (wind) and in its origin "ventana" meant breather, opening, nose hole (in English the word WIND-ow derives from WIND-eye, and the word VENT derives partly from French vent 'wind', reinforced by French évent, from éventer 'expose to air', based on Latin ventus 'wind').
The window is what gives breath, it's a respirator. It is the opening through which the air enters and leaves in an enclosed place. The nostrils ("ventas" in Portuguese) are those openings in the body through which the air flows.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease whose one of the symptoms is lack of air. The word "pneuma" - that remains in Spanish in words as "pulmón (lung) and "pneumonia" - carries the meaning of creative force, vital principle, wind, respiration that animates the body with its breath.
Eric Garner's shout in 2014 "I can't breathe, I can't breathe" resonate now.
Like all other independent artists, Improvável Produções had its first semester work schedule completely cancelled. So far in Brazil there are no governmental or institutional programs to safeguard artists and independent groups at this time of crisis, which, as we all know, will bring recessions, protectionism, mobility regulations... How not to die is the question that echoes and reverberates on the horizon when we look out through the window. In the midst of this scenario, a private bank (that in the fiscal year of 2019 had the highest liquid profit in the history of brazilian banks: 5 billion euros), via its Cultural Institute, launches a public call for proposals called "Art as a Breath". The public call proposes to select 120 artists, groups and companies from all over Brazil to "breathe". And all the others? To keep using the term and the action of "selecting" during a crisis in which everyone is unable to provide subsistence for themselves wouldn't that be unacceptable?
"we can´t breathe, we can´t breathe"
#fora (get out) * #acabou (it's over) *
*these hashtags refere to shoutings daily heard in Brazil during "casserole protests" against Bolsonaro and its government
In Rio de Janeiro, in 1918, 600.000 people out of a total population of 1 million contracted the Spanish flu. Among them, elected president Rodrigues Alves who died before assuming the position.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic.
On March 17, 2020, according to media reports, the first death as a result of COVID-19 took place in Brazil.
During that same month of March, current President Jair Messias Bolsonaro holds his "traditional birthday party", greets his followers with hugs and handshakes, and calls the population to return to the streets to work disrespecting the rules of conduct, defined by the WHO, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
On March 18, the first "casserole protest" ("panelaço" in Portuguese) explodes against the president's ineptitude. From many Brazilian windows can be heard beats and screams and the hashtags #fora and #acabou are projected on the facades of buildings. The casserole protests continue daily until today, and at 8:30pm we, and many other neighbors, meet at the window.
The act of repeating for Live Arts' workers is an experience of transformation and it is radically opposed to the common notion of repeating as fixing habits and automatic patterns.
JANELAÇO DA ALMA
conception and creation: Marcela Levi and Lucía Russo
performance: Dana Martínez Cazaña, Helena Neheme, Ícaro Gaya, Kharlos Villanueva, Lucas Fonseca, Lucía Russo, José Urrea Silva, Matteo De Blasio, Martim Gueller, Marisabel Dávila Lobo and Tamires Costa
drawings: Lucía Russo
camera: Breno Romeiro (HARM ONY at Sala Hiroshima, Barcelona) and Lucía Russo (Janelaços)
edition: Marcela Levi
insert: Babel by Cildo Meireles
production and artistic realization: Improvável Produções
Rio de Janeiro, March and April of 2020
Improvável Produções in Campinas/SP
Let it Burn
Iron Mouth (Boca de Ferro)
among best 2018 dance performances
by Brazilian newspaper O GLOBO
Let it Burn in Valparaíso/Chile
Let it Burn in Lima/Peru
Iron Mouth in Rio
Let it burn in Paris
June 16 - 20h
Let it burn in São Paulo
24/05 a 03/06
Boca de Ferro in Finland :: Helsinki
Side Step 2018
Sat 10.2. 20:30
Sun 11.2. 15:00
Boca de Ferro in Austria :: Vienna
DEIXA ARDER (Let it burn) - the newest creation of Improvável Produções - was mentioned by O Globo newspaper's dance critic, Adriana Pavlova, as one of the dance highlights in 2017.
DEIXA ARDER (Let it burn) PREMIERE in Rio de Janeiro
Espaço Cultural Municipal Sérgio Porto
Improvável Produções in Argentine :: Buenos Aires
7 september: Boca de Ferro :: Arqueologías del Futuro :: El Portón de Sánchez
11/13 september: Workshop with Levi & Russo :: Roseti
Improvável Produções in Chile :: Santiago
25-27 August: Workshop with Levi & Russo :: Museo de Artes Decorativas
Improvável Produções in Argentine :: San Juan (Nuevo Cuyo)
15/16 August: Workshop with Levi & Russo :: Centro Cultural Conte Grand
17 august: Boca de Ferro :: Teatro Sarmiento
Boca de Ferro (Iron Mouth) in Basque Country :: Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)
May 12 :: Proklama 10 :: Artium :: Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo
New creation in Barcelona
9/10 December :: Sâlmon Festival :: Espai Hiroshima
Mordedores in Barcelona
1/2 December :: Sâlmon Festival :: Mercat de les Flors
Mordedores :: Funarte Klauss Vianna Prize
November :: São Luís
Mordedores :: Funarte Klauss Vianna Prize
September :: Belém and Cuiabá
Mordedores :: Arenas Cariocas
April :: Rio de Janeiro
Sandwalk with me at Arqueologías del Futuro II Festival :: Buenos Aires - Argentina
December 11 - Fábrica Perú
MORDEDORES at in São Paulo/Brazil
November 14/15 - Galeria Olido :: Sala Paissandu
MORDEDORES in CHILE
MORDEDORES at in Rio de Janeiro/Brazil
September 25-27 - Teatro Cacilda Becker
MORDEDORES at in Campinas/Brazil
September 19/20 - Armazém do Café / CIS Guanabara
Virada Cultural 2015 - São Paulo
Cine Art Palácio
Sandwalk with me
MORDEDORES at Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea in Montevideo/Uruguay
May 7/8 - Teatro Solís
MORDEDORES (portuguese word that means whoever bites or whatever is bitten) :: New Creation by Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo
Premiere :: March 14-16
Dois Pontos Festival
ECM Sergio Porto
Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
"This is not a question of returning to the violence of myth, which purifies and redeems, but rather of accepting violence as something that is part of us and extirpate its creative, anti-determinist, dirty dimension; no longer to seek causes or understand, but rather to incorporate in another context - bodies in contact - the effects, gestures and rhythms undertaken by this force. What is usually feared and evaded, always presupposing violence that is exterior to the body or to life, begins to function as vital energy. Also, as a result, the violence expressed in this way perhaps conveys a shadow of eroticism, with the biting performers suggesting an erotic current running through their bodies." (Laura Erber on Mordedores)
in-organic in Manaus (Brazil) :: July 5-7
Café Teatro Les Artistes
Monstrous Nature in México :: Interview with Marcela Levi
Sandwalk with me in Mexico:
Encuentro Urbe y Cuerpo :: Mexico DF :: April 17th
Centro Cultural De España :: Mexico DF :: April 22th-23th
Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporánea Red Serpiente :: Morelia :: April 25th
Monstrous Nature in Mexico :: Hermosillo - Sonora :: April 11th
Monstrous Nature at SESC BOM RETIRO :: São Paulo - Brazil :: January 26th and 27th
Sandwalk with me: 2013 Dance Highlights :: O GLOBO
Conversas de Dança in Petrópolis/Brazil
sandwalk with me in Panorama Festival
Around the hole everything is edge in Belém (Brazil)
5o. Circuito Estadual das Artes
Around the hole everything is edge :: Tour
December 8th :: Galpão do Núcleo do Dirceu, Teresina
December 12th :: Fuga Festival, Goiânia
Artistic Residency :: AZALA Cultural Space (Spain)
S A N D W A L K W I T H M E
MONSTROUS NATURE in Berlim
April 6th, 7th, 8th :: Teatro Angel Vianna / Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro
MONSTROUS NATURE - 2011 Creation - PREMIERE in November - Espaço SESC - Rio de Janeiro.
Marcela Levi and Frederico Paredes present around the hole everything is edge.
around the hole everything is edge
* March 13th :: SESC Santos, SP, Brazil
* March 18th :: SESC Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brazil
* March 24th :: SESC Baurú, SP, Brazil
* March 27th :: Festival Performance Arte Brasil :: MAM RJ, Brazil
* April 28th :: SESC São Carlos, SP, Brazil
V::E::R 2011 - Live Art Meeting 22 - 30/01/2011, Terra UNA, Liberdade, MG. Brazil
idança.net :: MARCELA LEVI PARTICIPATES IN A PROJECT WITH AWARDED WORK
Casa França-Brasil :: MESA-PALCO
October 23/24: around the hole everything is edge (excerpts) with Marcela Levi and Frederico Paredes.
October 20-22: Workshop with Marcela Levi.
4th September :: Marcela Levi has been awarded today the ZKB Acknowledgement Prize 2010
31o. Zürcher Theaterspektakel Festival :: Zürich :: Switzerland
Statement of the jury::
The Acknowledgment Prize of 5000 Swiss Francs is awarded to Marcela Levi and Flavia Meireles for their performance around the hole everything is edge. With fascinating simplicity and precise choreography the two performers manage to create a space full of images on the topic of war and violence. Their fragmentary, poetic and unmoral approach is touching and at the same time thought provoking. Flavia Meireles convinces as an outstanding performer and makes a significant contribution to the success of the performance. Operating at the cutting edge of contemporary dance and visual arts, Marcela Levi and Flavia Meireles connect with the audience in an open, subtle and direct way and manage to make them laugh despite the sensitive content of their performance. With the ZKB Acknowledgment Prize 2010, the jury would like to encourage the performers to expand their artistic researches.
Marcela Levi at Panorama SESI de Dança 2010 (Folha de S. Paulo).
Marcela Levi's around the hole everything is edge is nominated for the ZKB Patronage Prize 2010.
We are going to miss everything we dont need - Vera Mantero & guests
Around the hole everything is edge was cited as one of the 2009 highlights by the dance reviewer of the national Brazilian newspaper O Globo (12/31/2009).
Duo deals with the dialogue that is born out of emptiness
IDANÇA - by Isabella Motta
Marcela Levi, performer and choreographer from Rio de Janeiro, premieres her first duo this Thursday (19/11) in Rio de Janeiro. Those who know her work will see there are some significant changes in Around the hole everything is edge. Marcela, who has always worked with solos in continuity, now explores emptiness and non-linear narrative. "It's my first duo and I wanted to work with potent and autonomous actions, without thinking about linear narrative. My bet is that our conversation takes place in absence. We are two on stage, but we only dance together in one moment", explains the artist, who shares the stage with Flávia Meireles...
around the hole everything is edge
VII Bienal de Dança do Ceará :: Fortaleza/Sobral/CE (Brazil)
14o. Festival Internacional de Dança do Recife :: Recife/PE (Brazil)
Espaço SESC :: Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
VERA MANTERO & GUESTS' creation 2009
We are going to miss everything we dont need
World PREMIÈRE :: June/09 :: Germany
montpellierdanse.09 :: July/09 :: France
Artistic direction: Vera Mantero
Performance and co-creation:
Christophe Ives, Marcela Levi, Miguel Pereira and Vera Mantero
"We must always keep in mind the essential authors of the 20th century, not because we should imitate them, which is impossible, since our situation is extremely different from theirs, but because, in a certain aspect, we continue to be alike: they also created works in a time in which it was already said that works were no longer possible."
Peter Sloterdijk, "Sun and Death".
Arena :: Jornal do Brasil - Exhibition that crosses the solos border
[...] The second solo, Arena, was, without a doubt, the most audacious in the program. Flávia Meireles, Gustavo Ciríaco and Marcela Levi presented a mixture of video-installation and dance absolutely curious, arguing the relation between the arena space, the artist and the public. The result is new, courageous, disturbing.[...]
PREMIERE :: Arena :: Espaço SESC Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro - March 12-15
Marcela Levi is named three times in ballettanz Yearbook
by Idança · 04/12/2008
in-organic :: Festival Particules