ODETE
On Revelations and Muddy Becomings

Winner project from the 2020 edition of RExFORM

Odete is the winner artist of the first edition of RExFORM – International Performance Project, which was born from the collaboration between BoCA and MAAT.
In the performance “On Revelations and Muddy Becomings”, Odete proposes a critical approach to the historical silence around the issues of the body, gender identity and the queer world. According to the artist, it is the “culmination of a work on the shadows and politics” that has been developing since she started her artistic career.
The project consists of three parts – a magic book, a video game and a performance – and aims to fictionalize a secret society that presents itself linked to names like Joana d’Arc, Eliogabalus or Chevalier D’Eon, of which the artist claims to be a descendant. Between oils and magical dildos, between hermaphrodite goddesses and interplanetary journeys, the performers take care of each other, perhaps revealing a community beyond the truths of history.
“I want to present a project that conspires against the writing of history in the sense of inscribing certain bodies and practices in it. And this inscription is made through a lying writing about the past, thus revealing the techniques of producing the truth of that same story that erased us. This project is, at heart, a paranoid archaeological project”, describes the artist.
The choice was made by a jury composed by MAAT director Beatrice Leanza, Tate Modern’s senior performance curator, Catherine Wood, the director of performing arts at Center Pompidou, Chloé Siganos, and BoCA’s artistic director, John Romão.


Creation:
Odete
Texts and book: Odete
Performers and choreographic creation: Odete, Herlander e Tita Maravilha
Music: Odete and Herlander
Graffity: DRVG??>
Costumes: Kahumbi
Set design: Odete
Light and special effects: Odete
Video game: Mario Mu
Complementary illustrations: Aicy Ray
Coproduction: BoCA and maat, in the context of RExFORM – Projeto Internacional de Performance
Support: Pro.Dança

 

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