Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo “3 against 2: Pyscho-Tropics”, 2023. Press photos. Courtesy of the artists. Photos © Renato Mangolin

3 against 2: Psycho Tropics

The rhythms of 3 against 2 are a polyrhythm present in electronic and Afro-Brazilian music. In feminist discourse, polyrhythms visualize the rhythm of traditionally ignored groups and challenge dominant histories. "3 against 2: Psycho Tropics” a new creation by Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo / Improvavél Produções, uses polyrhythms to enable different rhythms to sound together. The tropical rainforest, according to Ailton Krenak, is polyrhythmic and inspires Psycho Tropics.

3 against 2: Psycho Tropics is an exercise of the imagination that seeks to interweave distances. The piece is woven between three performers as a network where lines in tension and time distortions contour empty spaces, intervals, suspensions, pauses, and resonance spaces of a non-linear narrative that seeks to bring geometry and psychedelia together.

The Old way Vogue's style is characterized by line formation, symmetry and precision and is inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics. L'Après-midi d'un faune, Nijinsky's first choreography was inspired by the movements of Greek friezes, Egyptian and Assyrian frescoes. In both Old Way and L'Après-midi d'un faune, the erotic is strongly present.

What if the Faun of forests, myths and Nijinsky's ballet met the Oldway style of the Vogue movement, which, in turn, met the ancestral frescoes whose hands may carry traces of the Oxumarê dance? What if the echo of the name of the god Pan – Pan Pan Pan Pan – made Beethoven's fifth symphony sound? Will the crowd go wild, or will it be Pan Pan Pan Panic, terror and bomb, the crowd going crazy?


Concept and direction
Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo

Performance and co-creation
Lucas Fonseca
Martim Gueller
Washington Silva

Guest performer and dramaturgical interlocution Joana Levi

Lucas Fonseca

Light design and technical director
Laura Salerno

Sound design
Levi & Russo and Gueller

Costume design
Levi & Russo

Improvável Produções

Julidans, CCN de Caen en Normandie dans le cadre de l!Accueil-studio, Retomada Cultural RJ 2/Secretaria de Estado de Cultura e Economia Criativa/Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Espaço Cultural Sítio Canto da Sabiá, Something Great

Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro/Secretaria Municipal de Cultura, O Rumo do Fumo

Something Great