Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Anglo-Brazilians take to the stage



I’m constantly surprised by the number of Anglo-Brazilian organizations I come across via Born in Brazil. In the last few weeks alone, there was Harry Brantly of FB Collection, Andy and Julia of dance group Forró Family (there’ll be another musician coming up soon too…). For now, there’s Ilana Gorban (Brazilian) and Simon Rice (British) of Flamingo Feather, a physical theatre company.

On Sunday (June 26), Ilana and Simon will be putting on a performance based on the Brazilian writer João Guimarães Rosa, as part of the Agony Art series at Chisenhale Dance Space in east London.
David Treece, professor of Portuguese at King's College, London, said: “In undertaking to turn the language and storytelling of Brazil’s great writer João Guimarães Rosa into performance and, what is more, for a UK audience, Flamingo Feather faced a formidable challenge.” But he thinks they succeeded. “The charismatic actors Ilana Gorban and Simon Rice seamlessly interwove strands of text, pricelessly chosen from both the Portuguese and English, to conjure up the voices of children and adults wrestling, in words and gestures, with their dramas of departure, imagination, fear and loss.”
If you fancy seeing it for yourself, then it’s £5 and the event starts at 7pm, Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London, E3 5QZ. You can call 020 8981 6617 to book tickets.

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