Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo (BRA/AR)
They were already there in 2019, with two solo’s on the talent stage Julidans NEXT. With Iron Mouth: a hellish, irreverent dance to rousing Brazilian rhythms and Let it Burn at Podium Mozaïek. "A phenomenal physical performance, but also the experience of a particularly dirty party night, without you having to move for one single moment," Theaterkrant wrote.
Zaal Grote Zaal
Catalyst for change
Brazilian choreographer Marcela Levi and Argentine Lucía Russo draw inspiration for their performances from their roots. They show how culture (and the music that goes with it) influences our bodies and our identity. In Iron Mouth, these were the rousing beats of the tecnobrega, music that goes back to the Caribbean rhythms of parties along traditional Brazilian smuggling routes. grrRoUNd revolves around the dissonant tritone from classical music.
grrRoUNd is about the value of instability. This is a theme that Levi and Russo have been working on for their entire artistic lives. They discovered that it was also present in classical music, in the 'false tones' of Western contemporary music. It is not a coincidence that they have their distant roots in the 14th century, when Europe was decimated by plague epidemics.
-|-Instability can be viewed negatively, but it is also a catalyst for change. Levi and Russo were fascinated by the dissonant 'tritone', a musical interval consisting of three adjacent whole tones. That sound gives the idea of movement, tension, unrequited desires. The tritone is popular in horror films. In the Middle Ages, the tritone was forbidden - it was the 'diabolus in musica': the devil's interval. The devil causes instability, doubt, and uncertainty. Why, then, are we so attracted to the dark side? "So I ran to the devil," Nina Simone sang. Levi and Russo go after her.
In this Julidans co-production, we meet the dancer again who gave that amazing physical performance in Iron Mouth, Icaro Gaya. He can be seen on stage with five other performers.
concept and direction: Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo
performance and co-creation: Alexei Henriques, Ícaro Gaya, Lucas Fonseca, Martim Gueller, Tamires Costa, Washington Silva
Interlocution: Ana Kiffer, Felipe Ribeiro
Assistance: Lucas Fonseca, Tamires Costa
Lighting Design: Laura Salerno
Technical Direction: Daniel Uryon
Sound design: entire team
costumes: Levi & Russo
Sound Consultant: Diogo Perdigão
production: Improvável Produções
co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Kaaitheater, PACT Zollverein, Julidans, Something Great
distribution: Something Great
support: Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro/Secretaria Municipal de Cultura, Consulado da Argentina no Rio de Janeiro, Espaço Cultural Sítio Canto da Sabiá, Instituto Villa-Lobos UNIRIO
sponsorship: Fomento a todas as artes - Lei Aldir Blanc | Secretaria Municipal de Cultura de Rio de Janeiro
Wind, installation designed by Lucía Russo in collaboration with Marcela Levi and technical advice by Bruno Jacomino, developed within the project A room of wonder (2013) by Gustavo Ciríaco.
Marina & Ulay, installation designed by Marcela Levi, a transcreation of the action Imponderabilia (1977) by Marina Abramovic and Ulay.
No Corona admission ticket needed
For activities and performances for small groups without a Corona admission ticket, the 1.5-metre distance must be respected. You do not need a Corona admission ticket for performances at Theater Bellevue, Melkweg Upstairs, Podium Mozaïek, Bijlmer Parktheater, Meervaart and Vondelpark Openlucht Theater.