De repente fica tudo preto de gente
An emblematic figure of the contemporary Brazilian arts scene, Marcelo Evelin choreographs the audience as he exposes it to the unpredictable movements of five dancers. A unique and troubling sensory experience.
SUDDENLY EVERYWHERE IS BLACK WITH PEOPLE
BLOOD BROTHERS SHARE THE STAGE
In the middle of the darkness, standing in a ring of cold light, the audience is on the alert. At any moment it must react to the unpredictable movements of five naked bodies smeared with a black substance. Primeval humans freshly secreted from the bowels of the earth, a swarming magma of flesh hungry for love and contact. A cannonball dispersing the crowd, seeking collision. The ground shakes under the weight of their tribal dance. Their candid gaze pierces the last bastions capable of protecting the spectator from a plunge into the unknown and his fear of the Other.
An emblematic figure of the contemporary Brazilian arts scene, Marcelo Evelin pulverizes the fourth wall and makes the body a hyphen between “I” and “us” in Suddenly Everywhere is Black with People. Teeming with life, it takes shape by sharing space. A unique and troubling sensory experience.
PRODUCED BY DEMOLITION INC.
CREATED AND PERFORMED BY DANIEL BARRA + TAMAR BLOM + SÉRGIO CADDAH + JELL CARONE + MARCELO EVELIN + ANDREZ LEAN GHIZZE + WILFRED LOOPSTRA + HITOMI NAGASU + MÁRCIO NONATO + ELIELSON PACHECO + ROSÂNGELA SULIDADE + SHO TAKIGUCHI + LOES VAN DER PLIGT + REGINA VELOSO
COPRODUCTION FESTIVAL PANORAMA (RIO DE JANEIRO) + KYOTO EXPERIMENT + KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS (BRUSSELS) WITH THE SUPPORT OF FUNARTE (PRÉMIO KLAUSS VIANNA 2011) + SAISON FOUNDATION (TOKYO) + THEATER INSTITUUT NEDERLAND (AMSTERDAM) + NETHERLAND FUND FOR PERFORMING ARTS
PRESENTED IN ASSOCIATION WITH MONUMENT-NATIONAL
WRITTEN BY FABIENNE CABADO
TRANSLATED BY NEIL KROETSCH
PREMIERED AT TEATRO SÉRGIO PORTO, PANORAMA FESTIVAL, NOVEMBER 3, 2012
MARCELO EVELIN | DEMOLITION INC. (TERESINA)
The Body as a Site of Resistance and Encounter
Born in 1962 in Teresina in northern Brazil, Marcelo Evelin studied theatre and dance in Rio de Janeiro, presented his first choreography in 1985 and then travelled to Europe to pursue his training, notably by studying with Pina Bausch.
He stayed there 20 years, collaborating with artists from a variety of backgrounds on interdisciplinary projects. In 1995 he founded the creative platform Demolition Inc. Invited to direct a theatre and also creation center for young artists and art students in his home town, he returned to Brazil in 2006 where he put together a group of independent artists known as Núcleo do Dirceu, until he quit the lead in 2013. Influenced by a sociopolitical context dominated by poverty, injustice and discrimination, he distanced himself from the concepts that had previously marked his work and adopted a new approach to art, viewing art as a social and political process and a potential lever for change. He was inspired by a cult novel by the sociologist and engineer Euclides da Cunha to create a powerful trilogy on the bloody repression of the peasant movements of the 19th century: Sertão (2003) focuses on land, Bull Dancing (2006) on man and Matadouro (2010) on battle. A site of combat and resistance, the body becomes a vehicle for encounters and possibilities in De repente fica tudo preto de gente (2012), where great differences underlie the apparent uniformity of the mass.