THE FURIOUS RODRIGO BATISTA (SIDE A)
"Merry crisis and happy new fear"
Graffiti on the streets of Athens
Rodrigo’s furious alter ego performs a dance solo on a sound track of Brazilian pop-songs that are accompanied by a projection of announcements and lyrics on the back wall of the space. Being an untrained dancer, Rodrigo throws his body into the space and in front of the audience, defying all shame. Approaching a state of despair and fury he performs a wild dance based on movements and gestures that evoke celebration, exoticism, the grotesque, the sexual, despair. He sings along politically charged lyrics and dances through the projected names of victims of street violence. Rodrigo’s performance (re)produces a tropic-political climate from a subjective point of view and aims at making the energy of fury palpable.
Presented at DAS Theatre Amsterdam, Centrale Fies (in the frame of Live Works vol.6), Worm (Rotterdam) and Frascati (Amsterdam) in 2018. In June 2019 will present at Ballhaus Ost (Berlin) in the frame of PAF: Introducing…
Conception and Performance: Rodrigo Batista
Guest audio performer: Beatriz Id Limongelli
Text: Rodrigo Batista quoting MC Tati Zaqui, MC Livinho, Aviões do Forró, Banda Vingadora, Marília Mendonça, Banda Sedutora and Marina Lima
Video design: Rodrigo Batista
Sound design: Cainã Vidor and Rodrigo Batista
Light design: Rodrigo Batista
Collaboration in the research about the victims of Brazilian police violence: Paloma Franca Amorim e Ana Carolina Pekny
Advisors: Joachim Robbrecht and Aitana Cordero
Co-production: Centrale Fies in the frame of Live Works Award vol. 6 and Das Theatre Amsterdam.