Lia Rodrigues



approx. 60 mins.

In Portuguese, the word “Encantado” has several meanings. It can be either a synonym of astonishment and wonder or qualify the effects of a magic spell, as in the English “enchanted”. It also alludes to animated entities from the Brazilian culture, the “encantados”, which navigate between land and sky, dunes and rocks, and which turn them into sacred places. It is these mysterious forces, intimately linked to nature, under threat in today's world, which are the inspiration behind Lia Rodrigues's “Encantado”. Like many other works, the choreographer developed it in the dance centre she founded in the Favela de Maré (Rio de Janeiro). The eleven dancers on stage use a multiplicity of colourful fabrics, bought in local markets, creating images and landscapes. They are accompanied by music and excerpts of songs of the Guarani people, played during the August 2021 protests in Brasília to recognise their endangered ancestral territories.

When Lia Rodrigues and her Companhia de Danças tell of being enchanted, the most diverse beings come together in an incredible dance. Movements travel from one body to the next − water becomes centipede becomes mushroom. Enchanted − Encantado − the world beyond human category thinking comes into its own.

HAU has accompanied the work of Lia Rodrigues for many years. Most recently, in 2020, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the “Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças” and following an invitation of HAU, “Creation Notebooks” was produced, a series of seven films on her works of recent years, but also on the current pandemic and its effects on the lives of the company members.


Creation: Lia Rodrigues / Dance, creation in close collaboration with: Leonardo Nunes, Carolina Repetto, Valentina Fittipaldi, Andrey da Silva, Larissa Lima, Ricardo Xavier, Dandara Patroclo, David Abreu, Felipe Vian, Tiago Oliveira, Raquel Alexandre / Choreographic assistance: Amalia Lima / Dramaturgy: Silvia Soter / Artistic collaboration & images: Sammi Landweer / Light design: Nicolas Boudier / Stage management: Magali Foubert, Baptistine Méral / Music: aus Auszügen von Liedern des Volks der Guarani Mbya, Dorf Kalipety do T.I. indigenes Territorium, Tenondé Pora, gesungen und gespielt während der indigenen Demonstration in Brasilia im August 2021 für die Anerkennung der gefährdeten Territorien ihrer Vorfahren / Mixing: Alexandre Seabra / International booking: Colette de Turville / Production coordination: Astrid Toledo / Administration: Jacques Segueilla / Production Brazil: Gabi Goncalves (Corpo Rastreado) / Production project Goethe Institute: Claudia Oliveira / Secretary: Gloria Laureano / Teachers: Amalia Lima, Sylvia Barretto, Valentina Fittipaldi / Also created by: Joana Castro, Matheus Macena


  • Past
    Sat 14.5.2022, 20:00 / HAU2
    Sun 15.5.2022, 19:00 / HAU2


Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer – Berlin / Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse – Paris / Le CENTQUATRE - Paris / Festival d’Automne à Paris / Scène nationale Carré-Colonnes, Bordeaux Métropole / Le TAP - Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers / Scène nationale du Sud-Aquitain / La Coursive, Scène nationale La Rochelle / L’Empreinte, Scène nationale Brive-Tulle / Théâtre d’Angoulême, Scène Nationale / Le Moulin du Roc, Scène nationale à Niort / La Scène Nationale d’Aubusson, Théâtre Jean Lurçat / l’OARA - Office Artistique de la Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine/ Le Kunstenfestivaldesarts – Bruxelles /Theaterfestival – Basel / Oriente Occidente, Festival di danza contemporanea – Rovereto / Theater Freiburg / Julidans- Amsterdam/Teatro Municipal do Porto, DDD - Festival Dias Da Dança and Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, Association Lia Rodrigues-France with the support of Redes da Maré and Centro de Artes da Maré and the partners of the FONDOC (Occitanie). 



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