Travelogue Update, September 23rd, 2013 – Reflections on the Bienal

24 Sep

Carolelinda and Andrea are just back from the Bienal SESC de Dança 2013 in Santos, Brazil.  Although there were fewer international presenters at the festival than expected, there were a number of presenters from within the continent – not to mention it was a chance to see some intriguing, internationally curated work.

As with all marketplaces and festivals, it was a chance to meet other associates in the field, whether during the daytime at meet-and-greets or over late-night dinners.

From left: Allen Moon, Carolelinda Dickey, Juliano Campos de Azevedo, and Claudio Toni

From left: Allen Moon, Carolelinda Dickey, Juliano Campos de Azevedo, and Claudio Toni

Each performance site was marked by the Bienal's emblem - these spiraling ribbons at the front of the buildings

Each performance site was marked by the Bienal’s emblem – these spiraling ribbons at the front of the buildings

In São Paulo, the SESC – Social Service of Commerce – has a network of 32 units, mostly cultural and sports centers. It also offers social tourism activities, health programs and environmental education, and special programs for children and seniors.  The Bienal de Dança is one of the largest festivals in Brazil.

There were a number of performances to choose from.  One that entertained everyone who saw it was Cristian Duarte’s “Hot 100,” a tribute to his “top 100 choreographers” who had influenced him, inspired by Umberto Eco’s The Infinity of Lists.  Then there were various “Interventions” throughout the whole festival.  Like the Trey McIntyre Company’s “spurbans” (spontaneous urban performances), you never knew when you would happen upon one.  Here’s one that surprised ADA’s co-directors while they were out.

Close-up of an intervention

Close-up of an intervention

That’s it for Brazil for now.  Next up – Performing Arts Market Seoul in South Korea, October 6th-11th.

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