‘In the City There is a River Which Separates Us’ Co-creation and Residency (Online / Remote)


‘No Rio há uma cidade nos separa’ / ‘In the city there is river which separates us’ is an international residency supported by Nordisk kulturfond and Solar Real. 8 performers, makers and artists interested in working in the field of (de)colonialism and territoriality will co-create a durational performance installation in 2021. The residency will take place in two phases: one month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (January - February 2021), and one month in Aarhus, Denmark (June – July 2021).

Through sweaty bodies, breaths, heartbeats and multiple artistic perspectives, the project will start a dialogue about the absurdity of hegemonic social norms, political brutality and patriarchal domination.

Eight young independent performers coming from Nordic countries and from Brazil will each create a solo based upon personal territorialities that are affected by the feeling of belonging. Knowing that their presence is affected by either having been one colonial power or the opposite of having been / being a colony, they will bring together multiple geopolitical perspectives. The first phase will take place in Rio de Janeiro where solos will be created over the course of one month, following which they will be put together through a collaboration of the artistic directors team to form a 12+ hour performance/installation. This will be performed at Solar Real, the Brazilian co-producer and host, in February 2021, in the neighbourhood of Santa Teresa after which the project will continue in Aarhus, Denmark in June 2021.

4 Brazilian and 4 Nordic performers will be selected. The collaboration between the Brazilian and Nordic artists will take place remotely. During the residency in Rio de Janeiro, the selected Nordic artists will collaborate in the conception and creation of the performance, participating in online meetings, sending provocations, and bringing a Nordic perspective to a project on Brazilian land. During the second phase of the project, Brazilian artists will direct and give the guidelines for a reterritorialisation of the performance to take place, this time reactivated by Nordic bodies.

To be eligible applying artists must:

  • Consider themselves from or be based in Denmark, Iceland, Faroe Island, Norway, Sweden, Greenland or Finland.

  • Consider themselves as Brazilian and live in Brazil

  • Be available for all the dates of the residency for both phases.

The residency provides:

  • Artist fee of 800 euro.

  • Housing (collective room, access to the kitchen and bathroom)

  • One showing of the collective work in each residency phase.

  • Studio space.

  • Artistic guidance.

Deadline: 15 October 2020

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