Médelei – eu sou brasileiro (etc) e não existo nunca

Monday, 05.03 15h59


  • “The insight organization of the materials constituting Médelei… should begin to be seen already from its title, which exposes, with the kind of humor that guides all the work, what it is about. The English word transliteration medley to médelei opens wide the operation of ‘Brazilianization’ as a matter (both, the one that the foreigner makes of Brazilian dance, and the one we practice within Brazil, among us), and it delivers with an odd competency.” Helena Katz
  • Médelei’s starting point is a famous federal government television advertising campaign in 2004, in which the nationalist spirit was strongly encouraged. From this source, and adopting as a theoretical reference ideas on feelings and emotions by Portuguese neuroscientist António Damásio, the piece discusses concepts of typical, universal, cliché and nationalism, inviting the public to reflect with humor. The work proposes the challenge of discussing with the body and in the environment of contemporary dance the complex set dance-emotion-feeling-spectator-performer.
  • “The show takes as its starting point the slogan ‘I am Brazilian and I never give up’ of the advertising campaign for the government and broadcast on Brazilian television in 2004. The group questions the moralistic emotional appeal contained in that slogan and the very notion of nationalism, proposing to discuss the notorious idea of ​​the body as support. For this, challenges the cast to exercise their adaptability to different cultural references at the same speed with which exchange radio station. And challenges the audience to consolidate a sense of “being Brazilian” within the 60 minutes of the show”. Fabiana Dultra Britto (2006)
  • Concept and direction: Cristian Duarte
  • Creation and performance: Sheila Arêas, Cristian Duarte, Tarina Quelho, Eros Valério
  • Light design: André Boll
  • Soundtrack research and editing: Cristian Duarte
  • Composition and live music: Tarina Quelho
  • Costumes: the group
  • Photography: Roger Ortiz
  • Advice: Fabiana Britto Dultra
  • Acknowledgements: Dora Leão, Platôproduções, Thelma Bonavita, Estúdio and Cia. Nova Dança
  • Support in 2006: Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, Estúdio Odisseia e Estúdio Nova Dança, Prêmio Estímulo de Dança – 2005 da Secretaria de Estado da Cultura – Governo do Estado de São Paulo e Prêmio Funarte Petrobras de Fomento à Dança – Lei de Incentivo à Cultura – Governo Federal.
  • Support 2016-2017: Lote, Casa do Povo and 21º Edição do Programa Municipal de Fomento à Dança para a cidade de São Paulo.
  • Production/Diffusion: Carolina Goulart/Cristian Duarte em companhia
  • Review OESP 16.11.2006, Helena Katz
  • Photos ® Rogério Ortiz Video by Leo Nabuco