Hijacked Brazil invites us to think about Brazil, that surreal, sad and complex behemoth, while forcing us to strip bare and face the twists and distortions in our history. The work has emerged from our thoughts on the relations within a group with a director and dancers who are very different and who reflect a Brazil of serious inequalities. While discussing some of our work and some of the themes within it, we began to trace a narrative on our country, weaving together our aCORDO performance, Bolsonaro’s fascist politics, COVID-19 , and the questions these events raised in the group.
Brasil Secuestrado: Sobre preguntas, verguenzas y cicatrices session will consist of a presentation, a performative conference and a round table.
Created in 2009, cía. REC is a potent hub of ‘Carioca’ contemporary dance artists consisting of director Alice Ripoll, Alan Ferreira, Leandro Coala, Tony Hewerton, Luiz LA, and Rômulo Galvão. The company first emerged in 2007 from the classes Alice ran at an NGO in the Rio favela of Chácara do Céu, which were attended by a group of young hip-hop dancers who developed an interest in contemporary dance. Once the classes ceased, the group decided to carry on, without any outside support, at the church in their favela. Today, they present their work at the best dance festivals all over the world.
“Antifascist struggle is still an issue in the 21st century and we need to remain alert and ready for combat given the resurgence of the far right in its new manifestations, whether at institutional level or on the streets. This year’s programme is in defence of a politicised international scene: artists and residents who do not forget their condition as a class and the social reality that surrounds us.
With the global pandemic and the resulting social and financial crisis, antifascist and antiracist movements must remain extremely active. This is why this year’s conferences are even more important, if possible, than they were last year, when we began to work on them for the Grec 2020 programme. They are a political declaration of support and joint strength against fascism.”
Semolina Tomic, Antic Teatre’s Artistic Director
“In Spain and in Brazil the transition to democracy retained certain conservative elements in a latent state that have now emerged and entered the institutions, supported by the advance of an international far-right front. In Brazil, the assumption of power by an alliance of contemporary neofascism motivated by unfettered liberalism is resulting in the systematic destruction of public institutions and policies that were many years in the making.” Isabel Ferreira and Eduardo Bonito, activists and independent curators.
With Antic Teatre at Grec 2020: Antifascist Conferences, we’re putting forward a programme adapted to an online format to stimulate encounters, reflection, and action. The Antifascist Conferences bring to the foreground how sociopolitical authoritarianism threatens people in Brazil today, living the extremely serious situation imposed b Bolsonaro’s neofascist government, and how it still affects those who lived through Franco’s dictatorship.