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Bruno Freire


Duration: 1 hour
No spoken language, no subtitles

Trigger warnings:
complete black outs

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A dance to postpone the apocalypse

What if Western philosophers Descartes or Spinoza had visited the Brazilian rainforest? Brazilian poet Paulo Leminski’s Catatau poem or romance-idea is based on this dream: a philosopher is confronted with a new environment that bankrupts his thoughts. He arrives at the Atlantic Forest where everything is astonishing, where there is an abundant profusion of life, where the heat melts your brain and where everything you eat or touch makes you acutely aware of your body.

In this landscape, three dancers whisper, sing and eat. A blend of voices, gestures and bodies sharing a stage that becomes the forest of our unconscious. Freire wonders how we find enough joy and pleasure to avoid falling into melancholy and climate anxiety. How do we create a dance to postpone the end of the world?

Bruno Freire is a father and choreographic artist from São Paul who currently lives in Brussels and remains doggedly in search of the miraculous. Lately, he has been writing with movement and light (‘choreo/photo/graphics’). From 2004 to 2009, he studied dance and performance at PUC-SP, then obtained a master’s degree in communication and semiotics at the same university in São Paulo. A year later, he completed a professional master’s degree in choreographic studies at ex.e.r.ce in Montpellier. In recent years, he has danced with/for choreographers such as Mette Ingvartsen, Radouan Mriziga and Cristian Duarte.

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Choreography  Bruno Freire Performance Magdelaine Hodebourg, Robson Ledesma, Annabel Reid Dramaturgy Rodrigo Batista Kempo body practice Thiago Antunes Sound design Ricardo Vincenzo Lighting design Felipe Boquimpani  External view Ana Teixeira Production Stephanie Bouteille, Pierre-Laurent Boudet, Rocio Leza pour Entropie Production Thanks to Ailton Krenak, Breno Caetano, Calixto Neto, Cao Guimarães, Louise Cardon, Tarina Quelho, Thiago Alixandre, Zé Fernando Production La Balsamine Coproduction La Balsamine, Charleroi Danse – centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Cigalière, La Coop asbl, Shelter Prod With the support of Service de la Danse de la Fédération Wallonie – Bruxelles, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, European Union – Culture Moves Europe, Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre-Danse,, ING, Tax Shelter du Gouvernement fédéral belge Residencies Festival International BAM (Siby/Bamako – Mali), WorkspaceBrussels, KRAAK Santarcangelo International Festival (It), La Cigalière (Sérignan – Fr), BUDA Kunstencentrum (Courtrai – Be), Théâtre VARIA (Be)

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