Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada Amsterdam / Teresina

Dança Doente

Marcelo Evelin (b. 1962) is a Brazilian choreographer, researcher and performer, and one of the most preeminent names in dance, performance and political action in contemporary art. 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 in Brazil, where he founded and coordinated the artistic collective Núcleo do Dirceu until 2013. He has directed workshops and collaborative projects in Europe, South America, Africa and, recently, Japan.

What might dance mean for tired, fragile and suffering bodies? Marcelo Evelin and his company Demolition Incorporada offer raw, head-on experiences that reveal the dark side of life and break with the certainties of contemporary dance. After a career spanning more than thirty years, the Brazilian choreographer has also focused on the body’s physical decline. Dança Doente (“Sick Dance”) stages a body that is infected by the world and dominated by external forces that are wearing it out to the point of ruin. Marcelo Evelin found his inspiration in Hijikata Tatsumi, the pioneer of butoh, also known as the “dance of darkness”, created in Japan in the 1960s. Approaching dance as the material of a molecular symptomatology, the pathology of a moving body, he rendered it viral, contagious, post-apocalyptic: the omen of certain death, brandished to reaffirm the power of life. Essential viewing!

NXTSTP partners: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Alkantara (Lisbon), Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival (Göteborg)