Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada
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.
- South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Teresina, Brazil
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 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.
|Concept and choreography||Marcelo Evelin|
|Devised and performed||Andrez Lean Ghizze, Bruno Moreno, Carolina Mendonça, Fabien Marcil, Hitomi Nagasu, Luana Gouveia, Marcelo Evelin, Márcio Nonato, Rosângela Sulidade, Sho Takiguchi|
|Artistic collaboration||Loes Van der Pligt|
|Voice over||Yoshito Ohno|
|Set concept||Marcelo Evelin, Thomas Walgrave|
|Costume adviser||Julio Barga|
|Technical direction||Luana Gouveia|
|Research advice||Christine Greiner|
|Traditional Japanese dance training||Atsushi Heki|
|Production management||Materiais Diversos + Regina Veloso / Demolition Incorporada|
|Distribution||Sofia Matos / Materiais Diversos | Abroad, CAMPO | Brazil|
|Co-produced||NXTSTP, with the support of the European Union’s, Culture Programme|
|This project was awarded||Prêmio Funarte de Dança Klauss Vianna 2015|
|Co-productions||the Brazilian Government,Kunstenfestivaldesarts, 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,Vooruit,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 KYOTO EXPERIMENT staff|
|Technical coordinator||Masaya Natsume, Kyoka Arisawa|
|Stage Manager||Mao Sakai|
|Assistant stage manager||Kyoka Arisawa|
|Sound||Fumihiko Yamakawa, Eisuke Toyoda|
|Publicity design||Yujiro Sagami|
|Production coordinator||Tomoya Takeda|
|Assistant production coordinator||Chihiro Yoshioka|