Every society has upper and lower strata. For eight years the Brazilian choreographer Alice Ripoll has been working with the dancers performing in aCORdo. As black people living in a favela, they are familiar with the Brazilian police’s methods of keeping the poor segment of the population away from the rich by means of control and intimidation. The Portuguese word “acordo” can mean many things – it could be an agreement, for instance, or a wake-up call. In Ripoll’s spelling of the word it also means “the colour of”. But what agreement did the social majority make with those regarded as “of a different colour”? Are they only seen as a living, breathing cliché, as potential criminals and as cheap labour – or also as people? The four dancers open up a space with their movements in which other types of encounters become possible. And in which our own reflexes and prejudices come to the surface. How does it feel to suddenly be face to face with those from whom we are otherwise “protected”? And why have we suddenly tightened our grip on our belongings?
- Artistic Team
Director Alice Ripoll Cast Alan Ferreira, Leandro Coala, Romulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton Assistant Anita Tandeta Pictures and video Renato Mangolin
With the support of Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, Rafael Machado Fisioterapia Thanks to Prof. Irene Ferraz, Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro (Rio de Janeiro)
Premiere March 2017, Que Legado (Rio de Janeiro)
Alice Ripoll is a Brazilian choreographer and director of the groups Cia REC and SUAVE. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she studied to become a psychoanalyst until the age of 21 and then took a deviant path and started studying dance, as she felt very curious about the body’s possibilities and movement research. Alice Ripoll graduated at Angel Vianna’s school, an important centre for dance and motoric rehabilitation. Her works have been performed at several festivals in Brazil, as well as internationally.
In 2007 the choreographer Alice Ripoll was teaching dance in an NGO for 18 years old boys from a favela. They became interested in contemporary dance and when the NGO finished its work decided to go on by themselves, rehearsing in an old church in the favela where they lived. Alice Ripoll presented the piece that they were developing to a curator of Panorama Festival in Rio de Janeiro, who decided to put it on the programme. After this success, the group never stopped creating and became a reference in Brazil as a company that elaborates and recreates contemporary art. With director Alice Ripoll and the performers Alan Ferreira, Leandro Coala, Tony Hewerton, Luiz L.A. and Romulo Galvão the group composed three contemporary dance shows, a piece aimed at children and a performance.