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Cia. REC – In LAVAGEM, reality and fantasy mingle in a delirium that reminds us of an apocalyptic dream. Using buckets, water and soap, this performance explores ambivalent images and takes a critical look at the act of cleaning and its scenic and historical unfolding. The elements used, create poetic images of exodus, crossroads, rituals, rebirth and resistance.
LAVAGEM presents an ancestral past full of struggles, but also with secrets of joy and merriment.

This study on “cleanliness” continues the research started in aCORdo. LAVAGEM shows again an analysis of the polarised social reality of Brazil, where contacts between the different layers of the population are increasingly scarce and a sexist, anti-social and racist social order is maintained. It is an investigation into the identities that are cornered in order to perform certain essential tasks in our society. What actually needs to be cleaned? The houses, the dirt in the rooms? The traces left behind, the historical facts? The odours of body fluids that we smell when we get close to each other?

The lather from the soap colour the bodies and allude to invisibility; bubbles suggest a world of dreams, which is in stark contrast to the severe lack of social mobility in the real world. The soap is also a source of frustration because of its typical characteristics: it prevents the dancers from standing up straight, pushes them apart or forces them to support each other. The dancers have a closer and more direct contact with the audience and in doing so, they overturn the classical relationship between stage and hall, so that the questions of social status, hierarchy and opportunity are asked very directly.

Choreography: Alice Ripoll
Original idea: Alan Ferreira
With: Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton, Tuany Nascimento
Production Director: Bem Medeiros
Production and set assistant: Thais Peixoto
Artistic assistant: Laura Samy
Photo’s & teaser: Renato Mangolin
Set designer: Raquel Theo
Props: Cleber de Oliveira
Costume designer: Paula Ströher
Light designer: Tomas Ribas
Light technician: Nadja Neira
With the support of: Rafael Machado Fisioterapia
Coprodution: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein, Kaserne Basel, Wiener Festwochen, Julidans, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, Passages Transfestival, Romaeuropa Festival and Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale, Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Special thanks to: Alexandre Belfort, 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, Andrea Capella, Casa de Mystérios e Novidades.
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
07.10.2023LAVAGEMKyoto (jp)Kyoto Experiment
06.10.2023LAVAGEMKyoto (jp)Kyoto Experiment
11.08.2023LAVAGEMJerusalem (il)Israel festival
10.08.2023LAVAGEMJerusalem (il)Israel festival
07.05.2023LAVAGEMBarcelona (es)Mercat de les Flors
06.05.2023LAVAGEMBarcelona (es)Mercat de les Flors
05.05.2023LAVAGEMBarcelona (es)Mercat de les Flors
29.04.2023LAVAGEMEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
28.04.2023LAVAGEMEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
29.11.2022LAVAGEMChâtillon (fr)Théâtre de Châtillon
28.11.2022LAVAGEMChâtillon (fr)Théâtre de Châtillon
26.11.2022LAVAGEMRennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
25.11.2022LAVAGEMRennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
24.11.2022LAVAGEMRennes (fr)Théâtre National de Brétagne
22.11.2022LAVAGEMVélizy-Villacoublay (fr)L'Onde
16.10.2022LAVAGEMBirmingham (gb)Fierce Festival
15.10.2022LAVAGEMBirmingham (gb)Fierce Festival
12.10.2022LAVAGEMWarsaw (pl)Festival Body/Mind
10.10.2022LAVAGEMPrague (cz)Four Days Festival
08.10.2022LAVAGEMRotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
07.10.2022LAVAGEMRotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
04.06.2022LAVAGEMMontreal (ca)FTA
03.06.2022LAVAGEMMontreal (ca)FTA
02.06.2022LAVAGEMMontreal (ca)FTA
01.06.2022LAVAGEMMontreal (ca)FTA
28.05.2022LAVAGEMBrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
27.05.2022LAVAGEMBrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
26.05.2022LAVAGEMBrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
25.05.2022LAVAGEMBrussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
22.10.2021LAVAGEMRome (it)Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale & Romaeuropa Festival
21.10.2021LAVAGEMRome (it)Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale & Romaeuropa Festival
20.10.2021LAVAGEMRome (it)Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale & Romaeuropa Festival
19.10.2021LAVAGEMRome (it)Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale & Romaeuropa Festival
16.10.2021LAVAGEMTremblay-en-France (fr)Théâtre Louis Aragon
15.10.2021LAVAGEMTremblay-en-France (fr)Théâtre Louis Aragon
10.10.2021LAVAGEMLisbon (pt)Bienale BoCA
09.10.2021LAVAGEMLisbon (pt)Bienale BoCA
06.10.2021LAVAGEMBasel (ch)Kaserne
05.10.2021LAVAGEMBasel (ch)Kaserne
30.09.2021LAVAGEMGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
29.09.2021LAVAGEMGhent (be)VIERNULVIER/Vooruit
25.09.2021LAVAGEMMarseille (fr)Actoral
24.09.2021LAVAGEMMarseille (fr)Actoral
19.09.2021LAVAGEMParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris & La Villette
18.09.2021LAVAGEMParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris & La Villette
17.09.2021LAVAGEMParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris & La Villette
16.09.2021LAVAGEMParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris & La Villette
15.09.2021LAVAGEMParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris & La Villette
12.09.2021LAVAGEMGeneva (ch)La Bâtie - Festival de Genève
11.09.2021LAVAGEMGeneva (ch)La Bâtie - Festival de Genève
08.09.2021LAVAGEMMetz (fr)Passages Transfestival
16.07.2021LAVAGEMAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
15.07.2021LAVAGEMAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
13.07.2021LAVAGEMHannover (de)Festival Theaterformen
12.07.2021LAVAGEMHannover (de)Festival Theaterformen
07.07.2021LAVAGEMLausanne (ch)Festival de la Cité
06.07.2021LAVAGEMLausanne (ch)Festival de la Cité
02.07.2021LAVAGEM  (PREMIERE)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
01.07.2021LAVAGEM  (PREMIERE)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
30.06.2021LAVAGEM  (PREMIERE)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
29.06.2021LAVAGEM  (PREMIERE)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
28.06.2021LAVAGEM  (PREMIERE)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
30.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
29.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
28.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
27.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
26.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
25.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
16.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Metz (fr)Passages Transfestival
15.05.2021LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Metz (fr)Passages Transfestival
12.07.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Lausanne (ch)Festival de la Cité
11.07.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Lausanne (ch)Festival de la Cité
08.07.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Amsterdam (nl)Julidans
07.07.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Amsterdam (nl)Julidans
10.06.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Lille (fr)Latitudes Contemporaines
07.06.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
06.06.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
05.06.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Vienna (at)Wiener Festwochen
16.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Basel (ch)Kaserne
15.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Basel (ch)Kaserne
12.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
11.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
10.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
09.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts
08.05.2020LAVAGEM  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Brussels (be)Kunstenfestivaldesarts