Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Inc.

Suddenly everywhere is black with people

Performers painted black writhe in the darkness. The latest evocative work by one of Brazil’s greatest talents.

Marcelo Evelin is a bold choreographer and dancer based in Teresina, Brazil. His debut at Kyoto Experiment 2011 with Matadouro was sensational. Featuring nearly naked masked performers provocatively staring at the audience after running intensely in a circle for a full hour, he drew the audience inescapably into exaltation and chaos. In addition, he stayed in Kyoto last year as part of the Kyoto Experiment 2012 residency program where he created De repente fica tudo preto de gente. The work, which premiered internationally at Panorama Festival in Rio de Janeiro, finally comes to Japan. The unique title is taken from Crowds and Power (1960) by Nobel Prize winner Elias Canetti. With little distinction made between the stage and audience, it begins in near darkness where one can barely make out the faces of others. It is then that the audience encounters the performers who are painted totally black. Even though the performers are from Brazil, Holland and Japan, one is unable to differentiate one from the other as they merge en masse with the audience. Evelin’s aggression and intelligence cast an acute inquiry toward the chaos of contemporary society. An immersive theatrical experience beyond audiovisual recognition awaits.

Auditorium, Kyoto Art Center

Marcelo Evelin

Born in Piauí, choreographer, researcher and performer. Lives and works in Amsterdam and Teresina. In Europe since 1986, works with dance collaborating with artists from different languages, also involving physical theater, music, video, installation and site-specific. Evelin is an independent creator with his company Demolition Inc., and teaches at the Mime School in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he also guide students in their creative processes. He coordinates workshops and collaborative projects in various countries of Europe, America, Africa, Japan, South America and Brazil, where he returned in 2006 and since then has been working also as a curator, as well as coordinating Teresina, Piauí, the Núcleo do Dirceu, a collective of artists and a platform of independent research and development for the contemporary performing arts. His last two shows, Matadouro (2010) and De repente fica tudo preto de gente (2012) are currently being shown in theaters and festivals in Brazil and abroad.

By & withAndrez Lean Ghizze, Daniel Barra, Elielson Pacheco, Hitomi Nagasu, Jell Carone, Loes Van der Pligt, Marcelo Evelin, Márcio Nonato, Regina Veloso, Rosângela Sulidade, Sérgio Caddah, Sho Takiguchi, Tamar Blom, Wilfred Loopstra
ProductionDemolition Inc. (Teresina)
Co-productionKyoto Experiment with support of the Saison Foundation, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro)
Presented byKyoto Experiment
This project was awardedFundação Nacional de Artes – Funarte with Prêmio Funarte de Dança Klauss Vianna 2011


  • Marcelo Evelin/Demolition Inc. + Núcleo Do Dirceu

    Matadouro (Slaughterhouse)

  • Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon

    Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada

    Sick Dance