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Metropolis

A solo by Volmir Cordeiro, set to the drumming of Philppe Foch.

A solo that dreams of being a punk opera, a frenzied dance against capitalist panic with arms both unbroken and broken, ready for approved embraces.

“Dance looks suspiciously like defiance.” Elsa Dorlin

Hello? Metropolis is a carnival, an allegory. It is painted, masked, portable, monitored, tracked, filmed and automated. It is the crossroads where expressions of freedom meet the counterforces of police control. It dances across deftly traced lines, fiercely defended as the only imaginable, functional and appropriate routes. Metropolis shows us its vulnerable side, its deep desire to escape conformity and control. It is a cluster of urban and rural objects and entities. It is an offering: of atmospheres, flows, energies, merchandise, architecture and human formations. An epidemic threatens Metropolis. Power cuts interrupt remote work. Metropolis contains all things: even the ideology of cleanliness, a yearning for sterile spaces, free from strangeness. What dance can we dance to stop Metropolis from crushing our sense of freedom? Metropolis won’t stop, it says ‘hello’. The line is bad. It rises up all powerful yet lives in tatters. We fight it with our homemade weapons. Metropolis sorts ceaselessly, sliding us into the slots it deems permissible. We step into danger, but danger is nothing new. Perhaps Metropolis is no more than a costume: one that dancers wear to lay claim to greater space for their unending and unpredictable movement. This Dancopolis you are watching is not in the metropolis, it is the metropolis, rising up to defend itself. It is the fight and it is the ring. Between rules and sidewalks, this dance steps out of line. Make your choice between an over-bearing, murderous father, a sequence of combative dance steps and a smiling tik-tok heroine. Good night.

Conception, choreography and performance • Volmir Cordeiro

Percussions •Philippe Foch

Sound designer • Arnaud De la Celle

Light designer • Abigail Fowler

Costume designer & making • Volmir Cordeiro, Clément Picot & Dat Vu

Costume making • Coco Blanvillain

Set design, based on a Volmir Cordeiro’s original idea • Hervé Cherblanc

Video design, based on a Volmir Cordeiro’s original idea • Margaux Vendassi

Technical manager • Aliénor Lebert

Regards précieuxBruno Pace, Carolina Campos, Paca Tim Faraus, Marcela Santander Corvalan

Thanks to • Paul B. Preciado, Guillaume Leingre

Production • Donna Volcan

Administration, production, touring • MANAKIN / Lauren Boyer & Leslie Perrin

Piece dedicated to Lia Rodrigues

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