Lia Rodrigues | Para que o céu não caia (For the sky not to fall)
An intimate ritual to save humanity
‘What can each of us do to hold up the sky? There is little time to lose before everything collapses. The sky is already falling and here we are: the ones who live below it.’ Confronted by the destruction of his habitat in the Amazon, Davi Kopenawa, shaman of the Yanomami people, stated the words above. They inspired the Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodriques to create the dance performance Para que o céu não caia (For the sky not to fall). Ten dancers cover themselves in coﬀee and clay and begin dancing a ritual amidst the audience. Ethnic dance of the original inhabitants of Brazil mixes with dance from the Brazilian favelas into an intimate and overwhelming dance performance. A quest into where we come from and where we are headed together as humanity.
‘’So, yes, ‘To dance is also to fight’, and Lia Rodrigues, her dancers, and all those who accompany this work can be proud of this combat.’’
Coproduction | HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden; Kampnagel, Hamburg ; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main; tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf ; Festival Montpellier Danse 2016 ; Le CENTQUATRE-Paris/Festival d’Automne à Paris Centquatre, Paris ; SESC Sao Paolo
With the support of | Prefeitura da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro/Secretaria Municipal de Cultura programa Cultura Viva, German Federal Cultural Foundation
In collaboration with | Redes da Maré en the Centro de Artes da Maré