Ph. Thomas Lenden. DAS Theatre, 2019.
Rodrigo Batista is a Brazilian theatre maker and educator based in Gent and Amsterdam.
At the core of his recent works is the importance of performing political statements, direct and explicit messages addressed to the current world politics, focusing on the rise of the Alt-right Neo Fascism and the never ending European colonialism (and its obvious relationship). Latest, he developed a collection of pieces, in the frame of the Master Program of DAS Theatre, that have the ambition of bringing insurrection-revolt-vandalization within the performance space. The most relevant work is the double-sided performance "The Furious Rodrigo Batista (Side A)" and "The B-Side". "Side A" is a cheap poverty-porn theatre play and "The B-side" is a nasty colonial performance. Both of them has the aim of vandalize the theatrical language.
Previous to his development within the European field, he worked for over 10
years with the group "[pH2]: estado de teatro"; in São Paulo. They presented theatrical investigations in dialogue with philosophy, cinema and dance that were awarded with several funds and prizes.
Rodrigo presented works in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands.
He also worked in several cultural and social programs in São Paulo as a theatre educator, the most notable was in Capão Redondo neighborhood which ended up in a huge art educators’s strike in response to the financial cuts and racists/misogynistic dismissal imposed by the Institution Poiesis and the Government of São Paulo.
Rodrigo wants to expand explicitness into an aesthetic tool that flows from the use of straightforward language and propaganda, the practice of anti-colonization as a process of violence and the investigation of a gore and pornographic visuality, all within an intense body research made from impulses of iconoclasm, indigestion, mutilation, blood and sex.