Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada

Sick Dance

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

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.

Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada, Sick Dance, 2017, ROHM Theatre Kyoto. Photo by Mauricio Pokemon
YEAR
2017
DATES
11.3(Fri)-11.4(Sat)
VENUE
South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
DURATION
90min.
CITY
Teresina, Brazil
CATEGORY

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.

Concept and choreographyMarcelo Evelin
Devised and performedAndrez Lean Ghizze, Bruno Moreno, Carolina Mendonça, Fabien Marcil, Hitomi Nagasu, Luana Gouveia, Marcelo Evelin, Márcio Nonato, Rosângela Sulidade, Sho Takiguchi
DramaturgeCarolina Mendonça
Artistic collaborationLoes Van der Pligt
Voice overYoshito Ohno
LightingThomas Walgrave
Set conceptMarcelo Evelin, Thomas Walgrave
SoundSho Takiguchi
Costume adviserJulio Barga
Technical directionLuana Gouveia
Research adviceChristine Greiner
Traditional Japanese dance trainingAtsushi Heki
PhotographyMaurício Pokemon
Production managementMateriais Diversos + Regina Veloso / Demolition Incorporada
DistributionSofia Matos / Materiais Diversos | Abroad, CAMPO | Brazil
Co-producedNXTSTP, with the support of the European Union’s, Culture Programme
This project was awardedPrêmio Funarte de Dança Klauss Vianna 2015
Co-productionsthe 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 coordinatorMasaya Natsume, Kyoka Arisawa
Stage ManagerMao Sakai
Assistant stage managerKyoka Arisawa
LightingKosuke Ashidano
SoundFumihiko Yamakawa, Eisuke Toyoda
CostumesAtsuko Kiyokawa
Publicity designYujiro Sagami
Production coordinatorTomoya Takeda
Assistant production coordinatorChihiro Yoshioka
PresentedKyoto Experiment

ARCHIVE

  • Marcelo Evelin/Demolition Inc. + Núcleo Do Dirceu

    Matadouro (Slaughterhouse)

  • Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Inc.

    Suddenly everywhere is black with people