Photographs: Mordedores  © Renato Mangolin, Paula Kossatz


Mordedores is a thought-provoking performance that explores the theme of violence beyond its conventional connotations of destruction, death and annihilation. The work was created by Marcela Levi and Lucía Russo, highly regarded choreographers based in Rio de Janeiro, a city renowned for its stunning beauty yet also known for its high rates of violence. This dichotomy inspired the creation of Mordedores, a choreography that blurs the lines between violence and eroticism, as bodies engage in acts of biting and being bitten, leading to the question - who eats who?

In this work, Levi and Russo delve deep into the complexities of violence, examining it as a manifestation of power and control, and as an expression of desire and lust. Through their artistry, they challenge audiences to question their preconceptions about violence, and to consider its various forms and expressions in contemporary society.


Concept and artistic direction
Marcela Levi & Lucía Russo

Performance and co-creation 
Gunnar Borges, Ícaro Gaya, Lucas Fonseca, Lucía Russo, Monique Ottat, Tamires Costa and Thadeu Matos

Collaboration (creation process) 
Ana Maria Krein, Daniel Passos, Gabriela Cordovez, João Victor Cavalcante, Luan Machado, Kandyê Medina, Marilena Alberto, Thiane Nascimento and Tony Hewerton

Dramaturgical collaboration
Laura Erber  

Lights design 
Andrea Capella, Isadora Giuntini 

Sound design
all the team 

Paula Stroher

Improvável Produções 

Iberescena / Funarte
Cooperativa Disentida 

Something Great

Funded by
Rio de Janeiro City Council / SMC 

Artistic residencies
Rio de Janeiro Choreographic Centre
Sítio Canto da Sabia Cultural Space

Supported by
Rio de Janeiro Choreographic Centre, Centro de Artes da Maré, Lia Rodrigues / Cia de Danças, Casa Funarte Paschoal Carlos Magno, Espaço Sérgio Porto, Festival Dois Pontos, Argentinean Consulate in Rio de Janeiro.