Art Happens


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© Renato Mangolin

Cia. Suave – 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 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 melting pot called Rio. By taking these virtuous and super technical solo dances from their informal background and bringing them to the stage, Alice Ripoll succeeds in breaching our original expectations of how to organise – or dominate – the urban dance vocabulary within the codes of contemporary dance.

To create is a verb that in Portuguese, unlike in English, does not only mean ‘creating something’, but also ‘raising a child’. The word ‘cria’ refers to the object, the child, the thing that is created or raised. It refers to the act of creating itself as well.

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.

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.

Creation: Alice Ripoll
With: 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
Photos and video: Renato Mangolin
Support: Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Casa do Jongo, Rafael Machado Fisioterapia.
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
21.05.2022CRIASaint-Brieuc (fr)La Passerelle
13.05.2022CRIABlois (fr)Halle aux Grains – scène nationale de Blois
11.05.2022CRIAOrléans (fr)Scène Nationale d'Orléans
07.05.2022CRIAOslo (no)Black Box Teater
06.05.2022CRIAOslo (no)Black Box Teater
02.04.2022CRIANew York (us)BAM
01.04.2022CRIANew York (us)BAM
31.03.2022CRIANew York (us)BAM
30.03.2022CRIANew York (us)BAM
29.03.2022CRIANew York (us)BAM
17.12.2021CRIABrest (fr)Le Quartz
16.12.2021CRIABrest (fr)Le Quartz
15.12.2021CRIABrest (fr)Le Quartz
11.12.2021CRIARennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
10.12.2021CRIARennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
09.12.2021CRIARennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
08.12.2021CRIARennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
30.11.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED)Montbéliard (fr)MA Scène Nationale
30.10.2021CRIAMunich (de)Theaterfestival Spielart
29.10.2021CRIAMunich (de)Theaterfestival Spielart
28.10.2021CRIAMunich (de)Theaterfestival Spielart
23.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Montbéliard (fr)MA Scène Nationale
20.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Saint-Brieuc (fr)La Passerelle
18.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Orléans (fr)Scène Nationale d'Orléans
16.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Blois (fr)Halle aux Grains – scène nationale de Blois
12.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Reims (fr)Le Manège de Reims
11.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Reims (fr)Le Manège de Reims
03.02.2021CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Forbach (fr)Le Carreau Scène Nationale Forbach
24.05.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Montreal (ca)FTA
23.05.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Montreal (ca)FTA
28.04.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Manchester (gb)The Lowry
24.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (fr)Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
21.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Rennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
20.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Rennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
19.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Rennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
18.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Rennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
14.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Oslo (no)Black Box Teater
13.03.2020CRIA  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Oslo (no)Black Box Teater
19.12.2019CRIALeuven (be)Kunstencentrum STUK
18.12.2019CRIALeuven (be)Kunstencentrum STUK
16.12.2019CRIADouai (fr)L'Hippodrome
14.12.2019CRIACharleroi (be)Charleroi danse
12.12.2019CRIAParis (fr)Parc de la Vilette
11.12.2019CRIAParis (fr)Parc de la Vilette
10.12.2019CRIAParis (fr)Parc de la Vilette
07.12.2019CRIAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
06.12.2019CRIAGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
03.12.2019CRIATurnhout (be)De Warande
01.12.2019CRIAWaregem (be)CC De Schakel
29.11.2019CRIAKoksijde (be)Cultuurcentrum CasinoKoksijde
26.11.2019CRIACergy-Pontoise/Val d'Oise (fr)Nouvelle Scène Nationale
24.10.2019CRIA  (Cancelled)Beirut (lb)Home Works Forum
23.10.2019CRIA  (Cancelled)Beirut (lb)Home Works Forum
20.10.2019CRIALorient (fr)Le Théâtre de Lorient
19.10.2019CRIALorient (fr)Le Théâtre de Lorient
16.10.2019CRIARotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
12.10.2019CRIASt. Médard-en-Jalles (fr)Le Carré-Les Colonnes
11.10.2019CRIASt. Médard-en-Jalles (fr)Le Carré-Les Colonnes
09.10.2019CRIAStrasbourg (fr)POLE-SUD
08.10.2019CRIAStrasbourg (fr)POLE-SUD
23.06.2019CRIAPolverigi (it)Inteatro
21.06.2019CRIANaples (it)Napoli Teatro Festival Italia
20.06.2019CRIANaples (it)Napoli Teatro Festival Italia
18.06.2019CRIALille (fr)Latitudes Contemporaines
16.06.2019CRIAMontreuil (fr)Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis/L'Embarcadère
15.06.2019CRIAMontreuil (fr)Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis/L'Embarcadère
18.05.2019CRIABrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
17.05.2019CRIABrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
16.05.2019CRIABrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
11.05.2019CRIABasel (ch)Kaserne
10.05.2019CRIABasel (ch)Kaserne
04.05.2019CRIAPorto (pt)Festival DDD - Dias da Dança/Teatro Municipal do Porto - Rivoli
05.04.2019CRIAUtrecht (nl)Tweetakt Festival
04.04.2019CRIAUtrecht (nl)Tweetakt Festival
02.04.2019CRIAMainz (de)Staatstheater Mainz
01.04.2019CRIAMainz (de)Staatstheater Mainz