A young, blond and white woman carries a radio. Music appears and disappears in waves, so the performer: searching, making circles, creating an autonomous space of hommage, reverse anthropophagy and transformation. A red space.
The traditional tale of the “Boi Bumba” which could be read as one aspect of the brazilian colonization history, inspires the artist in this solo performance and is remixed with another text: “The ox and his herdsman” in which the chinese Chan Master Guoan Shiyuan describes through haikus a way “to become yourself”. After all, how should a Brazilian like herself, look like? For the natives, the identity is deeply connected with their physical territory. And in Brazil, there is less and less physical and political space for the original inhabitants. The artist questions the expectations that arises from her body image and performs a ritual where the search, the taming, the killing and resurrection of an ox, so as posed in both texts, transforms and reaffirms a Brazilian identity and creates a personal territory.
The performance was premiered in BERLIN (Ada Studio, Theaterhof Naunynstraße, AckerStadtPalast) in 2013 and presented also in FRANKFURT (Sommerwerft Festival) 2014 FRANCE – ST ERME (Performing Arts Forum) 2014, HAMBURGO (Sprechwerk Theater) 2015 and in BRAZIL (Porto Alegre, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte / 2015 and Palmas, Belém, Natal, Maceió, Recife, Salvador, Olinda and Fortaleza / 2017).
Performance and Choreography: Andrea Krohn
Technical Support: Mab Cardoso
Camera: Kathrin Dworatzek