Lia Rodrigues (BR)


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Lia Rodrigues (BR)

Enchanting celebration of all those wonderful individuals who make up a community

Two intense corona years have made it clear that it is very necessary to look at the world and at being human in a different way. With more enchantment and more room for the rituals we have gradually lost touch with, perhaps? In the colourful performance Encantado, Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues goes in search of rites and customs that we have unfortunately lost sight of.

Main programme

Run time 75 minutes
Location Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
Venue Rabozaal


(2021) by Lia Rodriguesthe sequel to Fúria, which will also be performed at Julidans was created during the corona crisis, which has hit Brazil hard. Encantado literally means enchanted, but also refers to the encantados, animated or magical beings that are connected to nature and can transform rocks, forests and rivers into sacred places. These mysterious natural forces, which are currently under threat, inspire her new performance.

Encantado is a tightly choreographed, associative dance performance. A carpet, woven from different fabrics, is slowly rolled out on stage, conjuring up a kaleidoscope of colours. Using colourful rags, the eleven dancers create icons, silhouettes, monsters and animals, almost like a child would draw them.

© Sammi Landweer
© Sammi Landweer

Comforting response

From the beginning of the corona crisis in March 2020, Centro de Artes da Maré, the headquarters of Rodrigues' dance company, was also the heart of the health service. At the same time, the roof of the centre underwent a metamorphosis with the installation of solar panels. All these realities - and many more - coexist in parallel and become tangible in the performance.

"Encantado is not a dance performance. It is a compelling experience of life, immersed on the border of these and other worlds. I saw. I felt. I lived 'encantado' - enchanted," writes Centro de Artes da Maré curator Pamela Carvalho about the performance.

"Encantado created a world in which the mermaids of fresh and salt water met the spirits of the forest, engaged into a dialogue with the black gays in a ballroom in Paris, I heard the songs of the Brazilian Pajelanças and the singing of the indigenous people of this land."

Encantado is an invitation to return to the natural sources of strength as well as a celebration of life and togetherness: all those amazing individuals who make up a fantastic community. A comforting response to the challenges of modern man.


Springback Magazine

‘Beautiful, inspired, revealing, Encantado is the perfect example of Lia Rodrigues' talent for reminding us of the sheer beauty of unforced connections in the face of artificiality.'

France 24

‘Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues enchants and intrigues with Encantado.'


creation Lia Rodrigues
choreographic Assistant Amalia Lima
dramaturgy Silvia Soter
artistic Collaboration and images Sammi Landweer
lighting design Nicolas Boudier
danced and created in close collaboration with Leonardo Nunes, Carolina Repetto, Valentina Fittipaldi, Andrey Da Silva, Larissa Lima, Ricardo Xavier, Joana Lima, David Abreu, Matheus Macena, Tiago Oliveira, Raquel Alexandre
coproduction Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse - Paris, Le CENTQUATRE - Paris / Festival d’Automne à Paris / Scène nationale Carré-Colonnes, Bordeaux Métropole / Le TAP - Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers / Scène nationale du Sud-Aquitain / La Coursive, Scène nationale La Rochelle / L’Empreinte, Scène nationale Brive -Tulle / Théâtre d’Angoulême Scène Nationale / Le Moulin du Roc, Scène nationale à Niort / La Scène Nationale d’Aubusson, Le Kunstenfestivaldesarts - Bruxelles, Theaterfestival - Basel, HAU Hebbel am Ufer - Berlin, Festival Oriente Occidente - Roveretto, Theater Freiburg, l’OARA - Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine - Bordeaux and Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças with the support of Redes da Maré e Centro de Artes da Maré as well as the partnersship of FONDOC (Occitanie)

Lia Rodrigues is an associate Artist at Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse and at CENTQUATRE - Paris.


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