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Alice Ripoll / Cia. REC


©Christopher Mavric

Playful physical movements question invisible divisions

In a dance by six performers using everyday materials such as buckets, water, and soap bubbles, individual bodies layer in an acrobatic fashion and maintain their balance by clinging onto each other. These acts can be seen as representations of frustration and other emotions that occur in collaborations, mutual aid, and interpersonal relationships.

The word “lavagem” means “to clean” in Portuguese, and is also used to describe acts like money laundering and brainwashing. The work questions invisible divisions: identities pushed to the margins by antisocial forces and the sexism and racism maintained under the framework of national history; hierarchies between essential workers and those who reap the benefits, made globally salient with the coronavirus pandemic. And while considering these divisions, it asks what is it that needs to be “cleaned”? 

Alice Ripoll is an artist who digs deep into her own locality and roots to convert political and social messages into unique forms of physical expression. We invite you to witness Lavagem, her latest work with Cia. REC—a group formed with young people from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (slums)—and her first performance staged in Japan.

10.6 (Fri) 19:00 ★
10.7 (Sat) 14:00 ◆♡

★ Post-show talk
◆ Festival Share Cafe
♡ Childcare Service (reservation required 7 days before each performance)

Duration: 60 min
⚠️ Audiences may not enter after the performance has started.
Recommended for ages 12 and above.

Alice Ripoll

Rio de Janeiro

Alice Ripoll
©Renato Mangolin

Alice Ripoll is a choreographer born and based in Rio de Janeiro. She initially studied psychology before shifting her focus to dance, motivated by curiosity about the body’s capabilities and a desire to explore movement. After graduating Escola Angel Vianna—a major choreographic and motor function rehabilitation center, she started working as a choreographer. Her work combines contemporary dance and Brazilian urban dance through research that offers dancers space to represent their experiences and inner memories. She heads two collectives: REC and SUAVE. Her work has been performed at Brazilian festivals such as Festival Panorama in Rio de Janeiro, and multiple festivals and theaters abroad including Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Centre Pompidou, and Wiener Festwochen among others.

Cia. REC

Cia. REC
© Renato Mangolin

Founded in 2009, Cia REC is a powerful group of artists from the Favelas in Rio de Janeiro. Their work is on the threshold of dance and performance and often questions the political and social situation in their home country. Made up of director Alice Ripoll and performers Alan Ferreira, Tony Hewerton, Rômulo Galvão, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Tamires Costa and Tuany Nascimento the group is currently touring three contemporary dance shows, a piece aimed at children and a performance. These works have been shown at festivals and theaters around the world including Festival Panorama, Casa do Povo, Trisca, FIAC, Bienal SESC de dança, Centre Pompidou, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival Dias da Dança and Wiener Festwochen among others.

Director: Alice Ripoll
Original idea: Alan Ferreira
Performers: Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão,
Tony Hewerton, Tamires Costa
Creation: Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão,
Tony Hewerton, Tuany Nascimento
Assistant Director (on tour): Renato Linhares
Production Director: Natasha Corbelino, Corbelino Cultural
Production Assistant and Set Assistant: Thais Peixoto
Production Assistant:Milena Monteiro, Isabela Peixoto and Thiago Monteiro
Artistic Assistant: Laura Samy
Photos: Renato Mangolin
Set Design: Raquel Theo
Hair and Make-up: Cleber de Oliveira
Costume Design: Paula Ströher
Light Designer: Tomas Ribas
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS
Supported by Rafael Machado Fisioterapia
Co-produced by Kunstenfetivaldesarts, PACT Zollverein, Kaserne Basel, Wiener
Festwochen, Julidans, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, Passages Transfestival,
Romaeuropa Festival and Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale, Festival d‛Automne
à Paris.
Special thanks to Alexandre Belfort, Sulamita Costa, Juliana França, André
Oliveira, Walace Ferreira, Juliete Schultz, Mauricio Lima, Pedro Bento, Thamires
Candida, Dilo Paulo, Diewry Patrick, Lenna Santos de Siqueira, Camila Rocha,
Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro (Arnoldo Pereira de Souza,
Anita Tandeta, Camila Moura, Renato Linhares, Cecilia Ripoll, Andrea Capella),
Casa de Mystérios e Novidades

Incubation Kyoto
Organized by Kyoto Experiment, ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Art
Cultural Promoting Foundation), Kyoto City GEIDANKYO (Japan Council of
Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations)
Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, through
the Japan Arts Council, "JAPAN LIVE YELL project"

Kyoto Experiment Staff
Technical Director : Masaya Natsume
Wardrobe: Reina Yamaguchi
Stage Manager: Yuhi Kobayashi
Talk Inerpreter:Miho Tsujii
Production Coordinator:Tsubasa Shimizu(KANKARA Inc.)
Intern:Kanna Watanabe

ROHM Theatre Kyoto Staff
Stage:Takeshi Kawamura
Lighting:Idumi Hayashi
Sound:Fumihiko Yamakawa