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Lia Rodrigues

Butterflies that Drink Turtle Tears





In this session of AUDITORIUM, Lia Rodrigues shares with LA ESCUELA___ her reflections on creative processes based on syntropic farming, whose principle is to create more life and soil fertility by increasing biodiversity and, therefore, the possibility for coexistence and mutual aid among different species.

Lia Rodrigues: "A Policy for Dance Is a Collective Construction." Conversations, LA ESCUELA___ (2022).

Lia Rodrigues (São Paulo, Brazil, 1956) is a Brazilian choreographer well-known for her social-critical and socially-charged pieces developed with the Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças. She also founded the Panorama Festival (the most important venue for contemporary dance in Brazil) which she directed for fourteen years.

Since 2004, her Company is based in Rio de Janeiro’s favela da Maré, where she has been involved in developing educational and artistic activities in partnership with the non-governmental organization Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré. Also in this favela, they opened in 2009 the Centro de Artes da Maré, and in 2011, the Escola Livre de Dança da Maré [Free Dance School of Maré].

"I borrowed this term from what is known as syntropic farming, a model of agriculture developed by the Swiss researcher and farmer Ernst Götsch, who moved to Brazil in 1980, where he created this practice. It is based on the natural process of ecosystem regeneration with the aim of introducing various species."

Lia Rodrigues

For Lia Rodrigyes, syntropic farming is defined by creation rather than destruction, in which plants, animals and humans are part of an interconnected system:

"I try to transpose this idea (coexistence, diversity, mutual aid, abundance) in my projects, encouraging, as in a syntropic forest, the establishment of a regenerative, fertile, and prosperous ecosystem."

Lia Rodrigues

December 14, 2022
Wednesday, 06:00 PM (GMT -4)
Via Zoom
Registration Open.

Lia Rodrigues' lecture will be introduced by the professor, dance critic and playwright Silvia Soter.

This event will be conducted in Portuguese-Spanish.