Trans-Amazônia is Tiago Gambogi’s physical theatre solo performance that looks at the relationship between man and the Brazilian Amazon’s natural resources. The project is a partnership between artists from Belo Horizonte and Manaus (Brazil) and the United Kingdom.
The project will undertake historical and field research of the Transamazon Highway (BR-230), in the region of Altamira (Pará, Brazil) and its surroundings, close to the area designated for creation of the Hydroeletric Dam of Belo Monte. The road will be used as a metaphor for the relationship between man and nature. The research material will be gathered by spending time and undertaking tasks with various local communities: indigenous people, the river people and the people who live by the side of the road.
How do they work? How do they interact with the environment and how do they use the natural resources around them? How are the concepts of time, space and movement dynamics transformed by an environment that is in “conflict”? What is the body that emerges from this information? How does a “clowning” state of curiosity and innocence, dialogue with movement in this universe?
The journey will be documented in video and photos. All the experiences – interactions with local communities, collected stories and images – will be used as material and stimulus for the creation of the piece. The piece will be formulated as the journey progresses.
The research proposal sees the piece as a work that is open and in transformation, just as nature is always transforming itself. Two aesthetic modes will be explored: a representional approach (creation of characters, stories and dramatic conflicts) and a non-representational (the non-conflict, focus in real time, use of the personal experiences of the performer, performatic actions, abstraction of the body). How do these two artitic modes relate to each other?
The project is an opportunity for Tiago Gambogi to further develop his research in physical theatre, developed during the last 15 years in the UK and Brazil.
Concept, performance, direction: Tiago Gambogi
Performers in the video: Margaret Swallow, Francis Baiardi, Adam Souza
Artistic collaborators/provocators: Margaret Swallow, Mônica Ribeiro, Dudude Herrmann, Luiz Carlos Garrocho
Original music: Kiko Klaus
Video / Photography: Richard Bleasdale
Additional video / photos: Tiago Gambogi
Lighting design and set: Leonardo Pavalello
Text revision: Maria Beatriz Gambogi
Production: Espaço Ampliar (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)
Additional production: Tiago Gambogi
Funded by: Lei Municipal de Incentivo à Cultura de Belo Horizonte