A reflection on how nature plays a role in the social structures of the city
The Woods location project creates roots in the city. You can take this quite literally: in collaboration with local participants, all standing upside down, the body takes possession of public space – the ever-busy Leidseplein. How long can the group – as a 'forest' of bodies – endure? A contemplative viewing exercise that poetically connects nature and community spirit.
EXTENDED / Open Air
Run time TBC
Woods brings the idea of the forest back into the 'concrete jungle' and explores the possibilities for the body to resist the concrete of city. The makers drew inspiration from Ailton Krenak, leader of the Brazilian indigenous movement: "(...) we humans have forgotten that nature is not separate from us, nature is something that we are."
The performance pays homage to forgotten forests and felled woods, a place to reflect on how we can restore our lost connection with nature. At the same time, Woods is an exercise in solidarity and an expression of collective strength. -|-The duration of the performance depends on each participant's ability to stay on their head. Eventually, one by one, the participants fall to the ground, where they remain until the last 'body tree' is felled.
Clarice Lima / Futura & Linha de Fuga bring performers and audiences together in bold, engaging dance pieces that spark the imagination and celebrate the energy of the moving body. It is one of the performances supported by Big Pulse Dance Alliance, a partnership of 12 European dance festivals and institutions to promote, strengthen and broaden the contemporary dance sector.
choreographer and director Clarice Lima
dramaturgist Catarina Saraiva
movement assistant and performers Aline Bonamin and Nina Fajdiga
skirts Onono/ Ademar Ferrera, Wilson Ranieri, Sirlei Ferreira and Elizabete Vasconcelos
production and management Linha de Fuga AC (Portugal) and FUTURA (Brazil) -|-
Woods is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (The Czech Republic), Sismògraf Dance Festival (Catalonia - Spain) and Julidans (The Netherlands), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.