© Patricia Almeida, Humberto Araújo
by Elisabete Finger (BR), Maikon K (BR), Renata Carvalho (BR) and Wagner Schwartz (BR)
What happens when your life and work are no longer in your hands, when they are violently manipulated by forces bigger than you and you completely lose control of them? When someone else writes your story?
In his performance La Bête, Wagner offers his naked body to be manipulated by the public – responding to the proposal of Lygia Clark’s sculptural work Bichos. In his presentation at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art the performer was touched by a child accompanied by their mother. A video clip of this interaction was manipulated by conservative groups and went viral on social networks, labelling the artist as a “pedophile.”
Elisabete Finger, choreographer and mother of the child who participated in La Bête, has suffered an avalanche of accusations and threats amidst police inquiries and political interrogations questioning the role of women, mothers, audiences and artists in Brazil today.
In his performance DNA of DAN, Maikon K stands naked and motionless inside a transparent bubble. In his presentation in front of the National Museum of the Republic in Brasília, his encasing was damaged and he was detained by the military police on charges of obscenity.
Renata Carvalho, an actress, had her play – The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven – censored, and was prevented from presenting her transvestite interpretation of Jesus Christ.
In Domínio Público, the four artists reflect on the attacks they have faced. Taking an icon of art history as their departure point, they will consider how a singular work can feature in different narratives throughout the ages, inciting the most diverse reactions, and mirroring the facts and absurdities of society.
Death threats and denunciations: the artists who fear Bolsonaro's Brazil
Brazil Arts Institutions under attack
Creation, text and performance
Lights and technical direction
Lights and technical direction
Núcleo Corpo Rastreado – Gabi Gonçalves
Festival de Teatro de Curitiba ( Curitiba - BR)
Corpo Rastreado ( São Paulo - BR)
Something Great (Berlin - DE)
Alba Roque and Julia Feldens
Elisabete Finger is a performer and choreographer that lives and works in São Paulo, and that has ongoing collaborations with many different artists worldwide. She was one of the resident choreographers in Casa Hoffmann (Curitiba, Brazil, 2004), took part in the Essais program in CNDC d’Angers (France, 2005/2006), and concluded the MA SODA program at UdK/HZT (Berlin, Germany 2010-2011). Her pieces pursue a logic of sensations and an eroticism of matter: a body-matter that fuses, collides, traverses other matter. They have been presented in different contexts (dance, performance, visual arts) in Brazil and abroad. Her most recent pieces are Domínio Público (a collaboration with Wagner Schwartz, Maikon K and Renata Carvalho about the current episodes of censorship in Brazil) and “Monstra” ( a collaboration with visual artist Manuela Eichner).
Maikon K is a Brazilian artist based in Curitiba, Brazil. He studied theater and his academic background encompasses several fields of knowledge: he has a degree in Social Sciences (emphasis on Anthropology of the Theater), and for the last fifteen years he has been researching means for altering consciousness through body practices and ancestral rites. The core focus of his work is the body and its capacity to change perceptions, influenced by a shamanic perspective in which the performer unfolds himself into several different realities through specific body techniques, using song, non-verbal sound, dance, visual signs and ritualized activities. He is interested in states of consciousness, dark humor, the relation between the sacred and the profane, sexuality, intensities of different kind, the grotesque, rituals and testing sensibilities.
Renata Carvalho is an a Brazilian actress, transthropologist and transfeminist with over 20 years of career. She is the founder of Monart (Brazilian Movement of Trans artists) with whom she created the “Manifest of Trans Representativity” and "Coletivo T" the first artistic collective in Brazil formed only by trans artists. Since 2007, she has been researching transexuality, when she becames a voluntary prevention agent for STIs / Hepatitis / Tuberculosis / HIV in her hometown of Santos / São Paulo, working specifically with transvestites and transsexual women working as prostitutes. She is currently touring "Dominio Publico" as well as her latest solo work “Manifesto Transpofágico” (premiered in 2019) and "The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven", a solon work that has been censored in many places in Brazil.
A bachelor of arts, Wagner Schwartz (Rio de Janeiro,1972) is an awarded Brazilian choreographer, performer and author, who engaged in various choreographic research and experimentation groups in South America and Europe. He was the curator of the 10th Danse Biennale Sesc, the international collaborator of the Contemporary Dance Festival, in São Paulo, and was a resident artist at the Curitiba Theater Festival. He has worked as a performer for the choreographer Rachid Ouramdane, for the theater director Yves-Noël Genod and for the artist Pierre Droulers. He collaborated with the filmmakers Judith Cahen and Masayasu Eguchi. In 2018, his first novel, Never together but at the same time, is published by Editora Nós. He lives and works in São Paulo and Paris.