With Furia, Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues reflects on the nature of a group of individuals who confront their loneliness and their corporeal existence. Energetic, wild, edgy, the show combines contemporary dance with the ritualistic music of New Caledonia. Furia presents material ecstasy as a means to delve deep into the most fantastical realms of human imagination: nine dancers venture on stage as if it were a land unknown and in constant flux, an imaginary landscape in perpetual vibration, conversing with the reality in which we live.
Lia Rodrigues, born in 1956 in Sao Paolo is involved in the 70’s in the contemporary dance movement and was in the Maguy Marin dance Company from 1980 to 1982. When she returns, she creates the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, in 1990, in Rio de Janeiro with activities all the year round, dance laboratories, creations, classes and rehearsals. In 1992 she creates and runs for forteen years the Panorama Festival, the most important Festival in Rio de Janeiro. Since 2004, her Company is involved in developing educational and artistic activities in the Maré Favela in Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with with the non governmental Organisation Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré. From this collaboration was born the Centro de Artes da Maré (Arts Center of Maré) opened since 2009 and the Escola livre de Danças da Maré (Free School of Maré) that has opened in October 2011. During 40 years of professional and artistitic life, the choreographer Lia Rodrigues has dedicated herself not only to training and artistic creation with touring and commissioning from the majors capitals in the world but also to Education with workshops and seminars all over the world. Mixing militancy and utopias, she believes in the synergy between the Art and the social processes. She was awarded by the French government with the medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2016 with the SACD Price for Choreography; in the Netherlands with the Prince Claus Award in 2014. In France, she created in 2005 one of the La Fontaine fable and in 2007 Hymnen, music by Stockhausen for the CCN Ballet de Lorraine. Among her most recent pieces we can quote Such Stuff as we are made (2000), Formas Breves (2002), Incarnat (2005), Chantiers Poétiques (2008), Pororoca (2009), Piracema ( 2011), Pindorama (2013) and Para que o Céu nao caia (For the Sky not to fall) 2016, Furia (2018).
Choreography: Lia Rodrigues
Dramaturgy: Silvia Soter
Light design: Nicolas Boudier
Artistic collaboration: Sammi Landweer
Assistant choreography: Amalia Lima
Dance & creation: Leonardo Nunes, Felipe Vian, Clara Cavalcante, Carolina Repetto, Valentina Fittipaldi, Andrey Silva, Karoll Silva, Larissa Lima, Ricardo Xavier
Music: excerpts of traditional songs and dances of Kanack New Caledonia
General technical director: Magali Foubert
Producer.booking: Therese Barbanel
Production: Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris) | With support of: Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its New Settings programme | Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris), Centquatre Paris, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the frame of the programme New Settings, Festival d’Automne de Paris, MA scène-nationale, Pays de Montbéliard, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, festival “Frankfurter Position 2019 –BHF-Bank-Stiftung”, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Festival DDD (Portugal), Theater Freiburg, Les Hivernales-CDNC (France), Muffatwerk (Munich) | In association with: Chaillot – Thé.tre national de la Danse (Paris); Festival d’Automne à Paris for performances at Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris)
Lia Rodrigues is associate artist at Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse (Paris) and at Centquatre-Paris | Thanks to: Zeca Assumpção, Inês Assumpção, Alexandre Seabra, Mendel Landweer, Jacques Segueilla, the team of Centro de Artes da Maré and of Redes da Maré