JUNTA - INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
When the world surprised us with a pandemic and we had to stay at home in social isolation, we artists and cultural agents, in addition to rethinking our old ways of production, realized our responsibility to redesign our actions, since the impact on culture is one of the most profound. The world always changes and in situations like this it changes more quickly and asks us for action.
Contradictorily, it was also the moment to put into practice plans and desires that the old daily life did not give space, when we were engulfed by the logic of capitalist production and the time was always scarce. From the meetings that the pandemic and geographical distance brought together, this partnership between the Faroffa and Junta festivals was born, a long-term partnership, to think together possibilities of collaboration and sustainability, a fertile place to plant ideas and carry out. Create strategies that come and go, that are important for everyone involved and think about the others.
As the 1st action of this meeting, we from Junta curated works from Piauí for the FAROFFA programming on the sofa, in an action to present other productions and other views, undoing the impeding geographical distances in the face-to-face events, and allowing a broader panorama of diversity of artistic production in the arts of the Brazilian scene. There are many contexts, many aesthetics, and one can no longer think that the production of a Brazilian region is capable of representing the complexity and richness of Brazilian production.
JUNTA - International Dance Festival is an independent festival created by artists Janaína Lobo, Datan Izaká and Jacob Alves in Teresina - PI, since 2015. It is a set of artistic and formative actions, with contemporary dance as an interest and point of reflection. It seeks aesthetic experience, encounter and affection, artistic and public formation, the promotion of dance and local art, the creation and maintenance of connection networks and the reframing of public spaces. It aims to “educate the eye”. It is an intense moment of meetings and programming that occupies Teresina with shows, urban interventions, workshops, artistic residencies, co-productions, conversations and parties. Junta ended up being recognized as one of the Inspiring Practices of the Living Arts in Iberoamerica, a project that was presented at the Grec Festival in Spain and became an online publication.
MANGA DE VENTO
When I received the challenge from Corpo Rastreado to composing this program, time and circumstances did not allow me to contain the necessary gesture, albeit painful, to bend around. to look with care and due care to the surroundings, including those in which, in a privileged way and for that reason so often neglected, I feel part of it. places of permanent creation with intense production that inspire, exude confidence and protection. but from where the greatest concerns and many other contradictions are stirred, which, due to violent destabilization, are deeply connected to this cloud of uncertainty, which is to be alive. as a medicine that forces us to experiment and digest the poison itself. when revisiting the geographies that today, in intimacy, are possible and indispensable references of life and art, I notice with little clarity that the lack of empathy, which hovers and settles in a disruptive way in these days of isolation and even reaching new territories, still lives alongside the old and persistent human inability to see and perceive their differences. to reduce their asymmetries. I am not surprised that, in the end, it is precisely the experiential arts, including theater, music, dance and performance, together and mixed as they should be in a plentiful and delicious faroffa, from which now the spirit to break (respecting all the pandemic care that is needed) this closure, and to continue, brave and resistant, discomforting edges and edges, bleeding the margins, pointing out other possible ways of relationships.
In mid-2013 manga de vento debuted. interested in the expansion of the sense of movement, but also of the territories, of the durations of the relations that are established from the circuits of diffusion of the arts, especially the arts of the body and movement. we aspired to a program that contemplated choreographic thinking that goes beyond the understanding of the body, to research that advances in what the body brings more elementary - being in motion - even when the movement is not restricted exclusively to the order of the visible, or the evident. in response to a strong demand to expand and diversify the dissemination circuits, the choice of the Portuguese expression 'manga de vento' interested in the perceptual disorganization caused by the improbable junction, when we observe its nouns in an isolated way, but especially by the vulnerability of the devices that it designates, our well-known windsocks. vulnerability that drove and allowed the understanding that the orientation of the senses and efforts in the creation of any circuit dedicated to the arts would imply permanent adjustments and adaptations. vulnerability that was also averse to the idea of pointing out trends, circumscribing thematic choices, pairing circuits, consolidating the top, among other expectations so often practiced and supported by curatorial speeches.
Manga de vento is the result of a love partnership without limits, impulsive, fickle, maladjusted. perhaps that is why it is so fruitful and co-creator of so many other and multiple partnerships. the partnership between the manga de vento and corpo rastreado made it possible to disseminate works and artistic projects that marked the memory of the show in a very special way. from the festival follows this untimely desire to make, almost handcrafted, a welcoming space for intimate, co-creative living and for transforming the looks and thoughts that touch and cross the expanded field of the arts. we still don't know how it will happen, how we will continue to exist. but the invitation to compose the faroffa's programming with works from goiânia and brasília reverses the usual flow of diffusion of the manga, prints a new breath and triggers other circuits, desires for exchange, circulation and occupation of territories, sometimes distant or little known . that such desires to be, create, make it happen and stay together glimpses urgent alternatives like this, the faroffa that spreads from the sofa and opens up other possible ways to relate, to experience our tireless / insatiable need to move and displace sensitivities and thoughts...
In gratitude to all the artists and art workers who bet and invested time, efforts and dedication to carry out the actions of the manga, especially those who entrusted their dreams and works for the composition of this program. evoé and asè!
kleber damaso bueno
artist, researcher and gardener
professor at ufg / PhD student at unb
+ 55 62 982527447 skype kleberdamaso
While scientists are racing to find a vaccine capable of containing the pandemic that is plaguing the world, the SARS-CoV 2 virus continues its infectious path, surviving different attacks and reproducing in different territories.
In suspension, exercising isolations and distances, we are bombarded by narratives that explore from the high mortality rate of the virus to the coming global financial crisis, trying to survive in a country in the dark, out of control and which has invested even more in the precariousness of its artists.
If thinking about the world at this moment is inevitably facing the virus, looking at its capacity for mutation, adaptation, can serve as an exquisite example of survival. This has been our migration from the real to the virtual. So it has been maintaining the continuity of our profession, our alternative for survival.
We are instigated to be able to share a micro-curatorship of Pernambuco works for the programming of FAROFFA on the sofa, an action that carries with it other possibilities of thinking about the theater performed in our country, avoiding reductionist, oppressive and colonial views.
The beer is cold, the chicken is roasted, the FAROFFA is seasoned, the sofa opened. It is time for us to meet again.
THE TREMA! Festival is an action idealized by Pedro Vilela, Mariana Holanda and Thiago Liberdade in Recife - PE, since 2012. With language research as a focus and believing in the construction of new collaborative networks, its 06 previous editions brought together more than 60 national and international artists, gathered around curatorial definitions with a strong political and social position.
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