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DANCE/PERFORMANCE — aCORdo emerges from the invitation Alice Ripoll received to create a piece that should dialogue with the question of what would have remained as a legacy for the city after the great events that supposedly would bring improvements to Rio, the World Cup and the Olympics. Without giving a literally answer to the question, the artist proposes to think the city through the perspective of the performers she has been working with for eight years. They are black and live in a favela (slum).

Do you ever bother to notice the person who – for a small price – repairs your boiler, cleans your office, or brings you coffee? The contact between different social groups, between rich and poor, is often minimal. The existence of the other is sometimes even totally invisible. Theatre visitors are usually at a safe distance from crime and chaos, within a social order. However, the enforcement of that order is accompanied by oppression and intimidation.


The work of Brazilian choreographer Alice Ripoll is driven by the polarised social reality in Rio de Janeiro. In aCORdo, four performers from the favelas turn the existing hierarchies and relationships between attendees inside-out through movement and interaction. In a subtle and seemingly innocent manner, a new order arises in which both dancer and spectator must inevitably reorient themselves. Who is who now? Who steals from whom?



(only French)

"With her choreography and through the interaction with the audience, Alice Ripoll paints a powerful picture of her city/ the city of Rio de Janeiro." 
- Libération

"While addressing subjects such as racism and inequality, Alice Ripoll encourages to reflect as well as to dance."
- Les Inrocks


Creation: Alice Ripoll
Performers: Alan Ferreira, Hilton Santos da Cruz Junior, Romulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton
Assistant: Anita Tandeta
Design: Daniel Kucera