ABSTRACT

In 2004, Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues took a transformative turn in her artistic trajectory: she left Zona Sul, the wealthiest region of Rio de Janeiro, where she had worked regularly since founding her company in 1990, working in residency at the Complexo de Favelas da Maré, 1 in Zona Norte, a region of sixteen favelas with 140,000 people. In 2009, working in partnership with Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré, 2 the dance company Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças (LRCD) established its own headquarters in Nova Holanda, one of the communities in the Maré favela 3 complex. The arts center Centro de Artes da Maré (CAM) became a place to rehearse, create and present the company’s pieces. It is there that the national debut and the seasons of the latest LRCD creations, Pororoca (2019), Piracema (2011), Pindorama (2013) and Para que o céu não caia (2016), took place. Since 2011, CAM has also housed the dance school Escola Livre de Dança da Maré (ELDM). This was a result of the partnership between the dance company and Redes de Desenvolvimento da Maré. Since 2012, CAM served as the venue for classes and daily rehearsals of Núcleo 2, a technical, artistic and professional training project open to young people from Maré and other areas. Núcleo 2 is the company’s main connection to the Escola Livre (ELDM) and was created together by the choreographer and the company’s dramaturge, professor Silvia Soter, who was responsible for transferring Lia Rodrigues and her company to Maré in 2004.