Rodrigo Batista (São Paulo | Amsterdam)

entrance € 5,00 | reduced € 5,00

A-SIDE and B-SIDE will be shown as separate performances with a 85-minute break | The performance is not suitable for an audience under 18 years.

Portuguese with English supertitles

  • Rollstuhlzugang mit Aufzug

Political desperation is the starting point for Rodrigo Batista’s work. He sees it as performative revolt – against, among other things, the decline of democracy in Brazil, which has radically changed Batista’s understanding of his role as a theatre practitioner. If democracy has failed, what does that mean for representation in and of itself? How can political statements be staged, and what kind of artistic attitude can trigger real insurgency? Taking these questions as a starting point, he created THE FURIOUS RODRIGO BATISTA, a twofold solo. The basis for A-SIDE is Brazilian and for B-SIDE North-American pop music; a combination of song texts and topical news items are projected onto a screen. What is only hinted at by the A-SIDE is sharpened by the B-SIDE: the body of the dancing artist becomes the theatre of a self-destructive aesthetics which employs expletives and the (visual) language of gore and pornography but also borrows from “pixo” graffiti, Frantz Fanon and Chris Burden. The A-SIDE and the B-SIDE will be presented together for the first time at SPIELART.    



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Dance Performance   Body and Representation   Postcolonialism   Politics and History  

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Conception | Performance
 Rodrigo Batista Guest Audio Performer Beatriz Id Limongelli Video Design Rodrigo Batista Sound Design Cainã Vidor | Rodrigo Batista Collaboration in the research about the victims of police violence Paloma Franca Amorim | Ana Carolina Pekny Text Rodrigo Batista quoting MC Tati Zaqui, MC Livinho, Aviões do Forró, Banda Vingadora, Marília Mendonça, Banda Sedutora and Marina Lima Advisors Joachim Robbrecht | Aitana Cordero Light | Video | Sound Operator Mariana Senne


Conception | Performance 
Rodrigo Batista Video Design Rodrigo Batista Sound Design Cainã Vidor | Rodrigo Batista Light Design Jãnis Balodis Collaboration in Dramaturgy Thais Di Marco | Fabien Marcil Text Rodrigo Batista quoting Frantz Fanon, The Fugees, Juliano Gomes, Thais Di Marco, Heiner Müller, Nicole Oliveira, Iggy Pop and Rihanna  Advisors Joachim Robbrecht, Katerina Bakatsaki, Thais Di Marco and Aitana Cordero Light | Video | Sound Operator Jimmy Grima

Rodrigo Batista is a theater maker and educator. He is currently developing a series of solo works with the ambition of bringing insurrection inside the performance space. As an initial result of this research, Rodrigo developed the two-part performance The Furious Rodrigo Batista (the second part is still in progress). He is pursuing a DAS Theater Master’s degree at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. He is a holds a BA and AM from the University of São Paulo in theater directing. He worked for over 10 years as part of the Brazilian group [pH2]: estado de teatro (2007 - 2017), presenting theatrical investigations in dialogue with philosophy, cinema and dance. In São Paulo, he was awarded with several grants for creating and presenting shows in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. Rodrigo also worked as an educator in several cultural programs in São Paulo from 2010 – 2016.


Rodrigo Batista Co-production Centrale Fies in scope of Live Works Award vol. 6 and DAS Theater Amsterdam.

Co-production DAS Theatre Amsterdam