Official Program

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada

Sick Dance

AllDanceJapan Premiere

November 3−November 4, 2017South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto


Official Program

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada

Sick Dance

A virtuoso Brazilian dancer’s radical encounter with Japanese Butoh

Brazilian virtuoso Marcelo Evelin has previously presented his work twice at Kyoto Experiment: Matadouro (Slaughterhouse) featured almost entirely naked performers running in a circle, while in Suddenly everywhere is black with people dancers painted black all over writhed en masse among the audience. Boldly blurring the distinction between spectator and performer, both performances transport audiences into a territory somewhere between excitement and bewilderment.

With his new work, Evelin turns his attention to the Japanese dance form of Butoh. Drawing on Butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s book Yameru Maihime (Ailing Dancing Girl), he deepened his approach through interactions with Butoh dancers and researchers in Japan. Having produced a prodigious output filled with wildness and life, Evelin's 30-year inquiry into dance and the body here intersects with Hijikata's concept of the “weak body” that revolutionized modern dance. The result will surely violently shake up not only contemporary dance but also the peaceful everyday order.


November 3 (Sat)17:30-
November 4 (Sun)17:30-

Post-performance talk: November 4
Duration: 90 min.


South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto 13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8342
-10 minutes’ walk from Higashiyama Station (Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line).



Recommended for ages 18 and above. Audiences aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥3,500
Day ¥4,000
Youth, Students Advance ¥3,000
Day ¥3,500
High School Students & Younger Advance ¥1,000
Day ¥1,000
Pair ¥6,500 (advance only)

Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.


Advance tickets on sale from 11:00 / August 8, 2017


Day Tickets

Same day tickets will be available for each performance at the venue box office one hour before the performance starts.

The latest information on ticket availability will be updated below at 11:30am on the day of each performance. We also accept ticket availability inquiries by phone.
Ticket Center: 075-213-0820 (11:00-20:00).



Marcelo Evelin

Born in Teresina, Brazil and based in Amsterdam and Teresina, Marcelo Evelin is a choreographer, researcher, and performer. He was based in Amsterdam from 1986 to 2006, where he collaborated with professionals from different disciplines on projects for the stage, videos, music, installations and site-specific work with his company Demolition Inc. He currently divides his time between Europe and his hometown of Teresina, where he founded and coordinated the artistic collective Núcleo do Dirceu until 2013. He teaches improvisation and composition at Amsterdam School of the Arts, where he develops his own work while guiding students in their own creative processes. He has directed workshops and collaborative projects in Europe, South America, Africa, and recently, in Japan. His last two pieces, Matadouro(2010) and Suddenly everywhere is black with people (2012) continue to be presented at festivals and theaters in Brazil, Belgium, Canada, France,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. Batucada (2014) has been presented in Frankfurt and Brazil. Batucada (2014) and Evelin's new creation Sick Dance (2016) were both premiered at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels.

Demolition Incorporada

Demolition Incorporada was established as a platform for creating dance works by Marcelo Evelin (choreographer), John Murphy (art director), Anat Geiger (dancer) and Jaap Lindijer (sound engineer) in New York in 1995. "Demolition" came from the idea that the demolition of buildings is dance like. Therefore it does not have a negative meaning and Demolition here means to remove a volume and give rise to another. Demolition Inc. is not a group or a fixed company in the traditional sense but a platform for artists and collaborators to create in a joint and equal way. The platform is also continually exploring partnership around the world with companies, schools, community cultural centers and foundations linked to contemporary art. Demolition Incorporada emerged as demolition Inc., referring to the English word incorporated, but now uses the Portuguese word "incorporada", which is directly related to the body but also to African-Brazilian tradition and popular rituals. Since 2006 Demolition Incorporada has been operating mainly from Teresina, Brazil and has expanded its activities from an artistic sphere to include social and political concerns. After 20 years of active participation in the arts, Teresina is now becoming recognized internationally as a major city for the contemporary arts.

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance Photo by Mauricio Pokemon

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance Photo by Mauricio Pokemon

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance Photo by Mauricio Pokemon

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Inc., Matadouro, 2011, Former Rissei Elementary School. Photo by

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Inc., Suddenly Everywhere is Black with People, 2012, Kyoto Art Center. Photo by Takuya Matsumi


Concept and choreography
Marcelo Evelin
Devised and performed by
Andrez Lean Ghizze, Bruno Moreno, Carolina Mendonça, Fabien Marcil, Hitomi Nagasu, Marcelo Evelin, Márcio Nonato, Rosângela Sulidade, Sho Takiguchi
Carolina Mendonça
Artistic collaboration
Loes Van der Pligt
Thomas Walgrave
Set concept
Marcelo Evelin, Thomas Walgrave
Sho Takiguchi
Costume adviser
Julio Barga
Traditional Japanese dance training
Atsushi Heki
Voice over
Yoshito Ohno
Maurício Pokemon
José Huedo, Maurício Pokemon
Technical direction

Luana Gouveia
Research advice
Christine Greiner
Thanks to
Tauana Queirós
Production management
Materiais Diversos + Regina Veloso / Demolition Incorporada
Sofia Matos / Materiais Diversos | Abroad, CAMPO | Brazil
Co-produced by
NXTSTP, with the support of the European Union’s Culture Programme
the Brazilian Government
Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli – Campo Alegre
Festival d’Automne à Paris / T2G-Théâtre de Gennevilliers
Kyoto Experiment
SPRING Festival Utrecht
Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer
Teatro Municipal Maria Matos
Alkantara Festival
Montpellier Danse Festival 2017
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm
Gothenburg Dance and Theatre Festival
Tanzhaus NRW
La Batie – Festival de Genève
Residency at
Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli – Campo Alegre, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, PACT Zolverein, CAMPO – gestão e criação em arte contemporânea, Vooruit, Studios C de la B
This project was awarded by
Prêmio Funarte de Dança Klauss Vianna 2015
Presented by
Kyoto Experiment