THE WHO OF THINGS

Choreography by Marcelo Evelin for Carte Blanche. Second part of the double bill We Are Here Together

“There where the whole thing is human, human is a whole other thing”
 – Eduardo Viveiros De Castro, anthropologist

The Brazilian Indians thought of everything in the world as human: The stones, the trees, the sky and the rain existed for them as an embodiment of humanity. They also engaged in the practice of cannibalism, eating the flesh of their enemies, their masters and the people they honored, in order to preserve “the other” within themselves.

The Who of Things departs from the metaphor of anthropophagy – or subjective cannibalism – to trigger the idea of the other within us. Referring to rhythm as language and ritual as performativity, the piece approaches ecosystem as an organization of life forms, from the complexity of a beehive to the savage herd of beasts.

Beyond individualism in the misguided notions that preserve colonialism throughout the ages, we are searching for a common ground, the condition of togetherness, and an expanding level of humanity for all beings.

Marcelo Evelin
Marcelo Evelin was born in Teresina, Brazil. He is a choreographer, researcher and performer, living and working between Amsterdam, The Netherlands and Teresina, Brazil. Evelin has workt in Europe since 1986, doing dance collaborations with artists from different countries, with projects such as physical theater, music, video, installation and site-specific works. Evelin is an independent creator with his company «Demolition Incorporada», created in 1995. He also teaches in the Mime School in Amsterdam, where he guides students in their creative processes.

Evelin coordinates workshops and collaborative projects in various countries in Europe, America, Africa, South America, including Japan and Brazil. In 2006, he returned to Brazil, and has since been working there as a curator after being deployed in Teresina, Piau, the Núcleo do Dirceu, a collective of artists and a platform of independent research and development for the Contemporary Performing Arts which he coordinates until 2013.

His last two shows, “Matadouro” (2010) and “De repente fica tudo preto de gente” (2012) are currently being shown in theaters and festivals in Brazil and abroad. In 2014 he created “Batucada”, a performance for 50 people of 14 nationalities, commissioned by Kunsten Festival des Arts, in Brussels. “Batucada” was also presented In Frankfurt, Germany, as part of Frankfurter Positionen 2015, and in Teresina, Sao Luis, Salvador and other cities in the state of Piaui, Brazil.

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Choreography: Marcelo Evelin

Lighting design: Ingeborg S. Olerud

Costume design: Marcelo Evelin

Sound Design/Music: Sho Takiguchi

Dancers: Guro Rimeslåtten, Caroline Eckly, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Judith Arupa, Noam Eidelman Shatil, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Adrian Bartczak, Daniel Garcia Mariblanca, Harald Beharie, Einar Nikkerud, Asher Lev, Dawid Lorenc,

Duration: appx. 40 minutes.

World premiere 26 May 2016 in Studio Bergen.

A co-production with the Bergen International Festival 2016.

Original Cast: Guro Rimeslåtten, Caroline Eckly, Nuria Navarra Vilasalò, Sara Enrich Bertran, Irene Vesterhus Theisen, Ole Martin Meland, Mathias Stoltenberg, Hugo Marmelada, Jack Lorentzen/Harald Beharie, Christopher Flinder Petersen, Dawid Lorenc

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