Lia Rodrigues


From the world renowned performing arts of Brazil the Japanese premier of an ambitious new work by a choreographer who sets her sights upon the social reality

Lia Rodrigues has decided to move to and work in Mare, one of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, renovating an old building into a studio. Her company involves people in the neighborhood through workshops and other projects. A few local youth have joined the company as dancers. In 1992, Lia, known as a leading figure in performing arts of Brazil, founded Panorama, a dance festival, and directed it till 2005. From the crucible of Brazilian society, Lia and her company come to Japan to introduce POROROCA. The work has been internationally acclaimed and toured Brussels, Montreal, and various dance festivals around the globe after its premier in Paris, 2009. The dancers, who seem to have just walked straight out from their rough daily life, each reveal their own unique potential. Repeating convergences and separations expressed with a rich physicality, they become something bigger and more powerful. POROROCA is a natural phenomenon occurring in the Amazon in which incoming tides from the ocean travel up the river in waves. The gushing water reminds us of the social, political and historical background of Brazil. But the highly metaphorical direction allows open interpretations at many levels. The audiences are tossed about by the waves. The experience is electrifying. Kyoto Experiment and Panorama formed a partnership in 2011 and a series of great Brazilian artists have introduced their work in Kyoto since. The Kyoto-Brazil network has become a cradle for contemporary dance. More unprecedented creative work will certainly be coming out of it.

Kyoto Prefectural Citizen’s Hall ALTI


Studied classical ballet in her hometown of São Paulo. In 1977 she founded the Groupo Andança. From 1980 to 1982 she was in France, where she was part of the Compagnie Maguy Marin. Back in Brazil, she took up her residence in Rio de Janeiro, where she founded the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Dança. Her choreographies all received national and international prizes and awards. In 1992 Lia Rodrigues launched an annual dance festival, Panorama, which she directed until 2005. In that year, Rodrigues and her company moved to Maré, one of the many favelas in Rio de Janeiro, where she created a location for artistic creations,and where she regularly presents her own as well as others’ work. Among them were Les Fables à la Fontaine (2004/2005), Incarnat (2005) and Hymnen (2007). Since 2007 Rodrigues has been developing a new location for creation and presentation in the Nova Holanda favela. The French government has made her a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

CreationLia Rodrigues
Perfomed and created in collaboration withAmália Lima, Ana Paula Kamozaki, Lidia Larangeira, Calixto Neto, Leonardo Nunes, Thais Galliac, Jamil Cardoso, Gabriele Nascimento, Francisco Cavalcanti, Paula de Paula, Bruna Thimotheo
With the collaboration ofAllyson Amaral, Clarissa Rego, Carolina Campos, Volmir Cordeiro, Priscilla Maia
With the participation ofJeane de Lima e Luana Bezerra
DramaturgySilvia Soter
Lighting designNicolas Boudier
PhotosSammi Landweer
Assistant choreographerJamil Cardoso
Assistant choreographer for the repertoryAmalia Lima
International bookingThérèse Barbanel – Les Artscéniques
ProductionColette de Turville Creation Support, Théâtre Jean-Vilar
Co-Produced byThéâtre Jean Vilar, Théâtre de la Ville, le Festival d’Automne à Paris, Centre National de danse contemporaine d’Angers, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, With the support of REDES de Desenvolvimento da Maré, Espaço SESC, In cooperation with Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo, DANCE TRIENNALE TOKYO 2012
Co-Presented byKyoto Prefectural Citizen’s Hall ALTI
Presented byKyoto Experiment