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LAVAGEM — 'LAVAGEM' is a new creation by Alice Ripoll and REC Group and will continue the research of 'aCORdo'. It will again criticize the polarized social reality in Rio de Janeiro and you will recognize some of the performers from 'aCORdo'.

Several generations of Brazilians spent their whole lives working as cleaners while racist hegemony considered them dirty. Alice Ripoll investigates this ambivalence in this performance through the act of cleaning by using buckets, water, soap and soap foam. It will be a starting point to create poignant images, while considering its scenic and historical unfolding.

When asked about the border wall that separates the U.S. and Mexico, Pepe Mujica ironically replied: “Who is going to clean their houses?” In LAVAGEM, the questions are: What actually needs to be cleaned? The houses, the dirt in the rooms? Or the sophisticated strategies that aim to make some people become invisible?
The trails, the history, the scents of fluids – water from bodies – we smell when we come closer. Soap foam colours the bodies; the bubbles suggest a world of dreams.

By building a close relationship with the audience, with the aim of finding new ways to establish contact between performers and spectators, the group proposes the experience of a shared space using both bodies and ideas.


The performance will have 6 performers (of which 3 are in aCORdo).

The piece will premiere in on May 8-12 at Kunstenfestivaldesarts.



Director: Alice Ripoll
Original idea: Alan Ferreira
Performers: Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton, Tuany Nascimento
Production Director: Natasha Corbelino | Corbelino Cultural
Production and set assistant: Thais Peixoto
Artistic assistant: Laura Samy
Set designer: Raquel Theo
Costume designer: Paula Ströher
Tour planning: ART HAPPENS
Co-prodution: Kunstenfetivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein, Kaserne Basel, Wiener Festwochen, Julidans, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, PASSAGES - International Festival
Special thanks to: Sulamita Costa, Juliana França, André Oliveira, Walace Ferreira, Juliete Schultz, Mauricio Lima, Pedro Bento, Thamires Candida, Dilo Paulo, Diewry Patrick, Lenna Santos de Siqueira, Camila Rocha, Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Arnoldo Pereira de Souza, Anita Tandeta, Camila Moura, Renato Linhares, Cecilia Ripoll, Casa de Mystérios e Novidades.