Thu 01 November
Existence is the continuity of blood
On the 1st and 4th of November, the installation ‘O Brasil não é para principiantes’ (‘Brazil is not for beginners’) by Maaike Gouwenberg and Joris Lindhout is transformed into the set for the opera-performance ‘Existence is the continuity of blood’. The book launch of Gouwenberg and Lindhout’s study of Brazilian Gothic, made during their stay in Brazil, also takes place on the 1st of November.
In this opera story, Gouwenberg and Lindhout introduce Zé do Caixão, a well-known Brazilian media personality. With his characteristic top hat, black cape and long fingernails, Zé do Caixão is a familiar figure in many films, TV shows, comic books and the ‘literatura de cordel’-cheaply printed books with folklore tales, poetry and songs. Zé is the alter ego of cult director Mojica.
José de Mojica Marins (1936) is an independent filmmaker from São Paulo, Brazil. He began his career during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1964 to 1985. Many artists and filmmakers fled Brazil to avoid censorship, but Moijca chose to stay. The films he made during that period, with his alter ego in the leading role, made a political statement that should not be underestimated. In an absurdist way, they sketch what was going on in Brazil during the dictatorship.
Actors: Morwenna Marcus & João Evangelista
Direction and decor: Joris Lindhout & Maaike Gouwenberg
Thursday the 1st of November from 20.00 hrs.: opera-performance and book launch
Sunday the 4th of November from 16.00 hrs.: opera-performance
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