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DANCE — CRIA is the result of a research about sexuality, family and parenthood, friendship and community. Countless dance forms are activated by the moving bodies of the Suave members: passinho, break dance, the freshly new dancinha, voguing, samba... they are all displayed as a collection of forms. It looks as if the act of creating those dances is dissected in its parts and reassembled every time.

To create is a verb that in Portuguese, unlike in English, means 'creating something', yes, but also 'raising a child'. (...) The word 'cria' refers to the object, the child, the thing that is created or raised. Also, it refers to the act of creating itself, when done by someone.

In CRIA the different dances are performed by the kids, the teens, the adults, the men and women, by the cis and trans people that formed and still form company Suave. The dancers are all black, yet highly diverse. They propose a mash up of abilities and stories. They pulse to the beat and cross the stages as a living gallery of bodies and dances that can only originate in the unique pot called Rio. By taking these virtuous and super technical solo dances from their informal background and bringing them to the stage, Alice succeeds in breaching our original expections of how to organise - or dominate - the urban dance vocabulary within the codes of contemporary dance. 

The images that are evoked by CRIA tease our preconceptions about temporary dance and how it is presented on stage. They can be hard to absorb, but their force easily makes the audience feel strangely dislocated. At least, if they can resist the urge to applaud after each act of virtuosity. 

Read the full text of Nayse Lopez for Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2019 here


Creation: Alice Ripoll
Performers: Tiobil Dançarino Brabo, Kinho JP, VN Dançarino Brabo, Nyandra Fernandes, May Eassy, Romulo Galvão, Sanderson Rei da Quebradeira, Thamires Candida, GB Dançarino Brabo, Ronald Sheik
Director's assistant and sound technician: Alan Ferreira
Light design: Andréa Capella
Costumes: Raquel Theo
Musical direction: DJ Pop Andrade
Design: Caick Carvalho
Production: Rafael Fernandes
Support: Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Casa do Jongo, Rafael Machado Fisioterapia.