Volmir Cordeiro / Cie Donna Volcan
Cordeiro drew inspiration from Brecht’s “War Primer” in creating his new piece
of oral and corporal poetry. Cordeiro moves in step with the music, evoking a
vibrant carnival with his suggestive and extravagant poses, wildly exaggerated
with regards to classical and contemporary dance standards. For instance, he
mimes a conversation with tiny invisible things, stirring them up before
crushing them. It is reminiscent of people led on by their rulers before their
The dancer’s movements
give meaning to the word street.
Volmir Cordeiro moves, then stops… because the street is not just a place where
we move, it is also a place where movement ceases. A place where death lives in
times of war and peace. On this street we tread every single day, Volmir
Cordeiro, Washington Timbó and Bertold Brecht’s words attempt to change the
The secret to this
solo: abstraction. It is what creates its universality. The performance is
electric in a way that only an energetic and talented performer can accomplish.
With his radical presence, Volmir Cordeiro portrays the intensity of urban
life, its raptures and violence alike. Wherever the crossroads may be, whether
it is in Sao Paolo, New York or Lagos, the urban condition is universal.
Choreography: Volmir Cordeiro
Performance: Volmir Cordeiro, Washington Timbo
Production: Donna Volcan
Management, Production & Broadcasting: MANAKIN / Lauren Boyer & Leslie Perrin