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Zona Franca (new)

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Cia. Suave – Freedom is the central theme in Zona Franca, a dance performance weaving together contact dance, TikTok, Afro-house and passinho.
Brazilian dance group Cia Suave and Alice Ripoll wrestle with questions of freedom in a piece connecting popular dance styles from Brazil, including passinho.
This piece considers the crossroads: how much is it possible to choose your path? How much can an artistic encounter change the course of a life? And what happens when a society chooses barbarism and war, and the individual finds themselves powerless? Are we really making our personal choices.

World premiere
06 – 08 July 2023
Festival de Marseille

The dance group’s work confronts collective settings: religions, rituals and festivities. How much does a group encourage or suppress one’s capacity of being free? What events or circumstances can change a trajectory? A meeting, a book, love, religion, the government, an opportunity?
Cia Suave creates a space to pursue freedom, both for performers and the public, and the title refers to the free incorporation of elements from different dances and music, characteristic of artistic movements born after the internet.
As in their previous shows, Suave and Cria, their work connects urban and popular dances in Brazil with contemporary performance and staging.
Besides the dance style passinho, this work presents elements of contact dance, theatre, vocal research, African dances, Afro-house, sabala, TikTok, and dances from the north and north-east of Brazil, such as pisadinha and brega funk.

Choreography: Alice Ripoll
Performers: Gabriel Tiobil, GB Dançarino Brabo, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Maylla Eassy, Petersonsidy, Romulo Galvão, Tamires Costa, Thamires Candida, VN Dançarino Brabo
Assistant directors: Alan Ferreira and Thais Peixoto
Light design: Tomás Ribas and Diana Joels
Set and costume design: Raphael Elias
Assistant costume designer and seamstress: Gabriel Alves
Soundtrack: Alice Ripoll and Alan Ferreira
Sound technician and rehearser: Renato Linhares
Illustration and Designer: Caick Carvalho
Photos: Renato Mangolin
Production: Bem Medeiros
Executive production: Milena Monteiro 
Production assistants:
Thais Peixoto
Co-production: Festival de Marseille, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Charleroi Danse, RomaEuropa, Tandem Scène nationale, tanzhaus nrw, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Julidans, Les Mécènes DanseAujourdhui
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DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
20.04.2024Zona FrancaValencia (es)Dansa Valencia
23.04.2024Zona FrancaPorto (pt)Festival DDD - Dias da Dança
24.04.2024Zona FrancaPorto (pt)Festival DDD - Dias da Dança
15.08.2024Zona FrancaZurich (ch)Zürcher Theater Spektakel
16.08.2024Zona FrancaZurich (ch)Zürcher Theater Spektakel
17.08.2024Zona FrancaZurich (ch)Zürcher Theater Spektakel
18.08.2024Zona FrancaZurich (ch)Zürcher Theater Spektakel
20.08.2024Zona FrancaBasel (ch)Kaserne
21.08.2024Zona FrancaBasel (ch)Kaserne
09.11.2024Zona FrancaRome (it)Romaeuropa Festival
10.11.2024Zona FrancaRome (it)Romaeuropa Festival
13.11.2024Zona FrancaStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
14.11.2024Zona FrancaStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
11.11.2023Zona FrancaParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris/CENTQUATRE-PARIS
10.11.2023Zona FrancaParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris/CENTQUATRE-PARIS
09.11.2023Zona FrancaParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris/CENTQUATRE-PARIS
04.11.2023Zona FrancaLondon (gb)Southbank Centre
03.11.2023Zona FrancaLondon (gb)Southbank Centre
02.11.2023Zona FrancaLondon (gb)Southbank Centre
29.10.2023Zona FrancaDusseldorf (de)Tanzhaus NRW
28.10.2023Zona FrancaDusseldorf (de)Tanzhaus NRW
21.10.2023Zona FrancaBrussels (be)Charleroi Danse/La Raffinerie
20.10.2023Zona FrancaBrussels (be)Charleroi Danse/La Raffinerie
14.10.2023Zona FrancaDouai (fr)TANDEM scène national Arras-Douai
30.09.2023Zona FrancaDublin (ie)Dublin Theatre Festival
29.09.2023Zona FrancaDublin (ie)Dublin Theatre Festival
28.09.2023Zona FrancaDublin (ie)Dublin Theatre Festival
08.07.2023Zona Franca  (world premiere)Marseille (fr)Festival de Marseille
07.07.2023Zona Franca  (world premiere)Marseille (fr)Festival de Marseille
06.07.2023Zona Franca  (world premiere)Marseille (fr)Festival de Marseille