Alice Ripoll | Cia Suave (Rio de Janeiro)

entrance € 18,00 | reduced € 9,00

Gasteig ALT | Carl-Orff-Saal

28.10. 21:00 – 22:00

29.10. 21:00 – 22:00

30.10. 21:00 – 22:00

Artist talk after the performance on 29.10., moderated by Sarah Bergh (in English)

In english, language skills not mandatory

  • Rollstuhlgerecht
  • Induktive Höranlage

In Portuguese the word "Cria" (Breed) has two literal meanings: young being, animal or human and also the verb to create – In Brazil it is often used to express in which slum someone was born: "I am Cria from Complexo". In their first dance production under the artistic direction of Brazilian choreographer Alice Ripoll, Cia Suave explored passinho dance, a new style of urban dance that derived from Rio de Janeiro’s funk and has become a source of hope in the favelas. Passinho uses steps from samba, capoeira, hip-hop and breakdance. In their second performance, CRIA, which interweaves funk with contemporary dance, the group draws inspiration from a variation of the passinho dance: the dancinha (little dance), a dance where flow and play prevail. CRIA is about creating a community, about family and parenthood, friendship and sexuality. The ten dancers on stage translate their experiences and memories as young Brazilians into images and energetic movements.



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Dance Performance  

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Director Alice Ripoll Dancers Gabriel Tiobil | Andre Oliveira | VN Dançarino Brabo | Nyandra Fernandes | May Eassy | Romulo Galvão | Hiltinho Fantástico | Thamires Candida | GB Dançarino Brabo | Ronald Sheick Director's assistant | Sound technician Alan Ferreira | Renato Linharares Lightning Andréa Capella Costumes Raquel Theo Funk musical direction DJ Pop Andrade Designer Caick Carvalho Video | Photos Renato Mangolin


Alice Ripoll was born in Rio de Janeiro. She was studying to be a psychoanalyst at age 21, and took a deviant path to start study dance, once she felt very curious about possibilities of the bodies and movement research. Alice graduated at Angel Vianna's school, which is a very important center for dance and motor rehabilitation, and started to work as a choreographer. Besides her work with dancers, she also worked with actors and circus artist. Alice directs two groups: REC and Cia Suave. Currently her work embraces contemporary dance and urban dance styles from Brazil. Her shows have been performed in several festivals in Brazil and abroad such as Panorama Festival, Kampnagel – Internationales Sommerfestival, Zurich Theater Spektakel, Noorderzon Performing Arts, Centre National de la Danse and Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

Cia Suave, a dance company conducted by Alice Ripoll, is made up of dancers without formal dance training, who are professional in urban dance styles. Their productions deal with Rio's funk and life in the favelas as young Brazilians. The group began with the creation of the production SUAVE, which premiered at the Panorama Festival in 2014. SUAVE deals with the passinho (short step), a new style of urban dance derived from Rio de Janeiro's funk. CRIA, the group's second work, premiered in 2017. The projects have been invited to numerous festivals and theaters around the world including HAU – Hebbel Am Ufer, Tanzhaus NRW, Mousonturm, HELLERAU, CND – Centre National de la Danse and Festival de la Cité Lausanne.

Production Rafael Fernandes Support Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro | Casa do Jongo | Rafael Machado Fisioterapia Realization in collaboration with Goethe-Institut.