1st INTERNATIONAL ECOPERFORMANCE FESTIVAL
March 16 to 19, 2021
In face of the eco-political challenges of the 21st century, the 1st International Ecoperformance Festival engages in the transcultural mission of gathering artists who perform in natural, urban and virtual landscapes in order to investigate, question or reaffirm poetically the co-presence, composition and conflict of the body and the environment.
MARCH 16 – ECOPOET[H]ICS 1 – 16h – Horário de Brasília
MARCH 17 – ECOPOET[H]ICS IN PROGRESS – 16h – Horário de Brasília
MARCH 18 – ECOPOET[H]ICS 2 – 16h – Horário de Brasília
MARCH 19 – ARTIST TALK – 16h – Horário de Brasília
Access the events using the Festival Website
International Ecoperformance Festival YouTube channel
Organized by Taanteatro Companhia (São Paulo/Brazil), this first edition of the festival received proposals from five continents and selected 34 videos conceptualized as “Ecopoetics” or “Ecopoetics in Process” created by performing and visual artists from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Morocco, Mozambique, the Netherlands, Norway, Japan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, US, and Venezuela.
Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Idea: Maura Baiocchi
Organizer & producer: Wolfgang Pannek
Curators: Maura Baiocchi, Mônica Cristina Bernardes, Jorge Ndlozy
Streaming coordinators: Wladimir Mattos, Rodrigo Rodrigues Reis
Website: Mônica Cristina Bernardes
Collaboration: Center for Studies on Methodologies for Research in Arts of the State University of São Paulo (UNESP).
Alexandre Nunes (Brazil) – Candelaria Silvestro (Argentina) – Clarice Gonçalves (Brazil) – Clyde Lepage (Belgium), Coletivo MÓ (Brazil) – Efimerodramas (Argentina) – Ella Tetrault (Canada) – Elise Hirako (Brazil) – Elisabeth Einsiedler (Germany) – Eva Maria Santoro (Brazil) – Grupo Totem (Brazil) – Hilary Wear (Canada) – Inês Terra (Argenina,Brazil) – Florido, André Papi (Brazil) – JulianneK & Romanowitch (Belgium) – Julie Dind & Rolf Gerstlauer (Switzerland, France) – Junior Romanini (Brazil) – Kristina Watt (Canada) – Lara Dau Vieira (Brazil) – Lisa Lotte Giebel (Germany) – Marcela de Macedo & Coletivo Marcas D´Agua (Brazil) – Marina Sarmiento (Argentina) – Mercedes Chanquia Aguirre, Leandro Navall (France, Argentina) – Monika Tobel (Hungary,UK) – Nazlihan E Ercin, Agnieszka Mendel, Ben Spatz (Turkey, Polan, USA) – Pak Ndjamena (Mozambique) – Plastic Art Collective (Romania) – Sabina Andrea Allen (USA/Greece) – Sebastian Wiedemann, Juliette Yu-Ming, Gyohei Zaitsu (Colombia, Singapore, Japan) – Renée Koldewijn, Bushra Arbawi (Netherlands, Morroco) – Rodrigo Reis, Mathias Reis (Brazil) – Vadim Stein, Tasha Koleso (Russia) – Valeria DeCastro (USA) – Wojciech Olchowski, Wojtek Matejko (Poland).
The 1st International Ecopeformance Festival is part of “Taanteatro 30 Years“ project.
What is Ecoperformance?
The performing arts concept ecoperformance was coined by the brazilian choreographer Maura Baiocchi between 2009 and 2010, as part of the inauguration of a new cycle of Taanteatro works related to the investigation of tensions between body, ancestry, and environment. Ecoperformance understands environment and body as inseparable dimensions of performative creation. In an ecoperformance, the environment constitutes a living and interactive play of presences and forces. In ecoperformance, the performer is not the central agent, but one of the play’s component‘s. At the same time as an ecoperformance experiments with environmental interactions as a performative event, it configures itself an environmental process. Ecoperformance can take place in any landscape, natural or urban, and may, among other possibilities, problematize and re-affirm human being/environment interconnections. It may serve to raise the awareness of the harmful environmental impact of human actions, and, eventually, become a vehicle of political denunciation.
Characterized by Hans-Thies Lehmann as “nothing less than the ever-renewed attempt to promote a new “co-existence” of man and nature” and as “a radically “green” theater that formulates a far-reaching critique of our civilization”, Taanteatro promoted, between 2011 and 2019, several editions of the Forum of Ecoperformance organized in Brazil and Argentina.
For further reading, consult Choreographic Theater of Tensions: Forces & Forms (2020).
Watch CERRADO ANCESTRAL, ecoperformance by Maura Baiocchi.