It was a familiar town in the beautiful countryside where my expectation was to listen and learn. I woke up early one morning to join a study group recommended by a friend. Breathwork and movement, amongst dancers of all ages from 5 to 90. My own small child was welcome too.
“in the centre-west of the vast continent-country that is Brasil “
After our first meeting, conversations came and went over sweet coffees. Stories shared as we joined dots between our projects. Invitations were reciprocal, people and places connected.
“the collaboration was organic and gradual, navigating time-zones, languages and an unfamiliar creative process we were building from scratch together”
The intergenerational group Flor de Pequi – is led by a group of women elders. Proud and graceful leaders, who grow, build and maintain a community space for locals and visitors called Quintal da Aldeia /Guaimbê. Pirenópolis is where they stand, located in the centre-west of the vast continent-country – that is Brasil.
When I first took the idea of connecting this group of women to my computer scientist colleagues in England, the response was: “Look at our project Curucucu!”
From that point on, the collaboration was organic and gradual, navigating time-zones, languages and an unfamiliar creative process we were building from scratch together.
Once I was back in Rio, I adapted an old leather suitcase and filled it with props for the group to play. The conversations developed further and a narrative and game began to take shape, activated in Nottingham, which was led in turn by my collaborator Rachel Jacobs. She gathered a group of artists to move around the old school playground of Primary Studios as they experienced the interactive mirror model Rachel and her team at Horizon designed and built. Meanwhile, the dancers who had received their suitcase-present, took it along with them to many public interventions between January and September of 2018.
An Institutional partnership formalised between the University of Nottingham and the State of Goiás’ Art & Culture Fund, supported the production of Curucucu: ou a Rua que habita em mim to run a series of public events and workshops over nine months in 2018.