Moving in November | Calixto Neto: Feijoada

Performance|Family friendly

The feijoada is a symbol of Brazilian gastronomy, but its origin is at the heart of a controversy. Popular knowledge attributes its creation to slavery in Brazil, where enslaved people put together the scraps of leftover beans and meat thrown away from the houses of the masters. Some researchers contest this theory, but one can ask: is history linear and does it present only one version?

Calixto Neto, together with Ana Laura Nascimento, Yure Romão and transdisciplinary group of artists, invites the audience to witness the preparation of a feijoada in real time, with the cooking time being the duration of the performance. A roda de samba sets the pace of the evening, in which songs, dances, interventions of texts, political discussions, and stages of preparation of the dish are put into dialogue. Linked to the cooking process and the ingredients, various questions are addressed and interpreted: What are the cheapest meats and flesh on the market? Which bodies are most affected by the inequalities generated by Brazil’s place in the global order? The feijoada is prepared as a choreo-gastronomic work. At the end, everyone enjoys the feijoada together with the artistic team.

Feijoada is an artistic answer to a generational encounter. In 2019, Calixto Neto was invited to reenact the iconic piece O Samba do Crioulo Doido (2004) by the Brazilian choreographer Luiz de Abreu. The piece was seen in Helsinki at Moving in November in 2020. In a scene of the piece, Luiz (and since 2020, Calixto) dances a Bossa Nova in which the lyrics is a feijoada recipe sung in French. The dancer offers himself to the public’s gaze as if he were the dish of the day. Feijoada comes as a will to dig into the violence and joy of this scene. A group of performers invite the audience to take part in the party, a creative reflection of a national gastronomic symbol and the sharing of stories about struggles, power, legacy, ‘saudade’, and love.

The performance is part of Moving in November festival 3.-13.11.2022. As part of the festival, there will be an open discussion with the invited artist and local host called Soup Talk on the 4th of November at noon in Caisa.

Duration approx. 180 mins

Tickets 30/15 €
Festival pass 48 €

Choreography: Calixto Neto
Assistance: Ana Laura Nascimento
Musical Direction: Yure Romão
Performance: Calixto Neto, Ana Laura Nascimento, Yure Romão, Emilia Chamone, Pedro Barrios, Julia Donley, Marina Japonega, Kaiodê Encarnaçao, Geoffrey Erista, Edit Williams
Technical Direction and Lights: Beatriz Kaysel
Costumes: Annie Melza Tiburce
Chef: Carolina Florio Castro
Production / Distribution: Julie Le Gall
Executive production during the creation: Festival d’Automne à Paris
Executive production and distribution since January 2022: VOA
Coproduction: Festival d’Automne à Paris, le Centquatre Paris and Passages Transfestival Metz
Photo: Raoul Gilibert
Visit in collaboration: Caisa
Visit supported by: Institut Français and Brasilian Embassy in Helsinki Centro Cultural Brasil-Finândia/CCBF

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