Photographs: Let it Burn © Ícaro Gaya, Paula Kossatz

Let it Burn 


Artist: Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo
Country: Brazil / Argentina
Type: Dance / Performance
Year of creation: 2017

In Let it Burn, Marcela Levi, Lucía Russo and Tamires Costa confront the audience with historical and current stereotypes of the bodies of black dancers. By invoking in turn burlesque standards, stand up, show off and even music hall, dancer Tamires Costa shatters and subverts these codes by excessively embodying them: bulging eyes, frenetic dances, smiles deformed to the point of rictus and obvious white teeth reminiscent, among other things, of the practices of blackface in the United States and the performances of Josephine Baker. The references to Nina Simone’s hypnotic and imperious body movements or Michael Jackson’s virtuosity and perfectly judged technical skill also weave a narrative arc through black history. Before the audience, the stage turns into an arena in which Tamires Costa makes herself both the guardian and agent of the claim about the body’s explosive power in response to the domestication of people of African descent in Brazil who are told not to be too visible in public.


CREDITS

Artistic direction
Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo

Performance 
Tamires Costa

Co-creation
Tamires Costa
Ícaro dos Passos Gaya

Trainees 
Taís Almeida
Anne Naukkarinen

Sound
all the team


Light design 
Catalina Fernández


Costumes 
Levi & Russo


Video documentation
Renato Mangoli
Luiz Guilherme Guerreiro

Production
Improvável Produções 


Co-Production and Distribution
Something Great


Artistic residencies
Centro Coreográfico do Rio de Janeiro, Consulado da Argentina no Rio de Janeiro, Espaço Cultural Sítio Canto da Sabiá, Projeto Entre

Support 
Bisturi Material Hospitalar
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