He dances like a madman to sordid Latin American rhythms. Among the spectators, the dancer Ícaro dos Passos Gaya delivers the final blow. The beats that we hear refer back to the smuggling routes of northern Brazil in the 1950s and the uplifting music that came from it.
Tue 9 & Wed 10 July
€15 / €10 in combination with the main program
Julidans Young €10
Infernal, irreverent dance to exciting Brazilian rhythms.
The traditional music of the Pará region in Brazil has its roots in the Caribbean rhythms. As well as perfume and whiskey, smugglers from the region also introduced the merengue, the salsa and the zouk. Wild parties were held to that music, which were announced through a person with a megaphone, known as the so-called ‘boca de ferro’, or ‘iron mouth’. More than sixty years later that music and culture live on in the furious beats of the tecnobrega - every month there are around 3000 tecnobrega parties in this region.
In this solo by the Brazilian choreographer Marcela Levi and the Argentinian Lucía Russo, the audience and dancer are in the same room. The performer’s ecstasy, sweat and exhaustion are unavoidable. The tecnobrega beats rain down, the man becomes possessed by it. It is a hellish dance, irreverent, playful, provocative, fierce, crafty and sensual. This is music that takes possession of the dancers. In that possessed state, all the good and bad sides of people come to the surface in an ecstatic manifestation of humanity.
Together Marcela Levi and Lucía Russo lead a company in Rio de Janeiro, Improvável Produções Levi studied and danced in Brazil and Europe. Among others she has danced with Lia Rodrígues, who has performed at Julidans on a number of occasions. Russo studied dance in the Netherlands and Argentina and has collaborated with several well-known Latin American and European choreographers.
This performance can be seen at our talent stage NEXT, on the same days as the Private Song by the Greek Alexandra Bachzetsis in the main program. What these dance makers have in common is that they draw inspiration from their cultural roots. They show how culture (and the music that goes with it) influences our body and our identity. Iron Mouth and Private Song can easily be combined in one evening as they will be shown one after another.