Festival 2022

Calixto Neto O Samba do Crioulo Doido: Ruler and Compass

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  • Watch on demand 7 - 31 October 2022
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  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Age guidance: Contains full nudity
  • Access: Captioned

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Photo Marc Domage

In this powerful exploration of transmission, dance artist Calixto Neto captures the exchange between himself and world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Luiz de Abreu as he ‘passes’ his radical solo work O Samba do Crioulo Doido to Neto following his recent experience of sight loss.

Originally created by Luiz de Abreu in 2004, the work is seen in Brazil as a symbol to many communities. By playing with elements such as samba, carnival and eroticism, the piece mocks clichés and explores stereotypes of the black body, offering humorous criticism.

In O Samba do Crioulo Doido: Ruler and Compass, Neto offers the viewer insight into the learning of the work, capturing the unique relationship between choreographer and dancer as ideas, movement and language are passed between ‘one black body to another’ and between two generations of dance artists.

As part of Dance Umbrella Festival 2022, Neto will also be performing O Samba do Crioulo Doido live as part of Change Tempo, an international mixed bill at Brixton House, 12-13 October. Learn more

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Cast & Creative +

  • Calixto Neto
  • Luiz de Abreu, Calixto Neto, Jackeline Elesbão, Pedro Ivo Santos and Fabrícia Martins
  • Calixto Neto and Anderson Feliciano
  • Calixto Neto, Virginie Aubry and Étienne Aussel

About the Artists +

Calixto Neto (left) and Luiz de Abreu (right) ©CND

Calixto Neto

Trained in theatre at the Federal University of Pernambuco, then in dance at the Grupo Experimental de Dança in Recife, the Brazilian choreographer and interpreter.

Calixto Neto followed the Master ex.e.r.ce at the CCN in Montpellier. Between 2013 and 2015, he created the solo petites explosions. Member of Lia Rodrigues’ company between 2007 and 2013, he is also a performer for Mette Ingvartsen, Anne Collod and Bo-Kevin Jean. Neto also develops his own work in the pieces oh!rage, Outrar (upon a proposal by Lia Rodrigues) and Feijoada as well as the films O Samba do Crioulo Doido: ruler and compass and Pro Futuro Quilombo 

Luiz de Abreu

Born in Minas Gerais (Brazil), Luiz Augusto Barbosa (known as Luiz de Abreu) discovered dance in the 1960s through the rituals of the Afro-Brazilian Umbanda religion. The choreographer-interpreter is a graduate of the Angel Vianna School of Contemporary Dance in Rio de Janeiro, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Uberlândia in Minas Gerais. Mainly focused on exploring the stereotypes related to the black body, his work has been shown in France, Germany, Portugal, Croatia, Cuba, Spain and Brazil, where he lives and works. His piece O Samba do Crioulo Doido is part of the Centre Pompidou’s videodance collection.   

Credits +

Supported by Centre National de la Danse and Festival Panorama

Filmed during performances of O Samba do Crioulo Doido in Salvador, Brazil and Pantin (France) in 2020

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