The Digital Dramaturgy Lab Squared is happy to announce that its video project Niimi II s/he dances was invited by the festival jury to be presented as part of the upcoming 2nd International Ecoperformance Festival (April 28-May 1, 2022) in Sāo Paolo, Brazil, organized by the local dance theatre Taanteatro Companhia.
The video will be presented on April 29, 2022 in the local Cinema de Arte BIJOU, currently operated by the Brazilian theater group Os Satyros, to a live audience and will also be live-streamed on YouTube.
Tickets: 4 USD (regular) or 2 USD (seniors, students).
The project was created by 10 collaborators coming from three continents: Turtle Island, Canada, Germany and India.
Collaborators: Candy Blair, Antje Budde, Jill Carter, Lars Crosby, Nina Czegledy, Astad Deboo, Karyn McCallum, Dave Kemp, Amit Kumir, Don Sinclair.
Artistic Research Director DDL2: Antje Budde
Niimi s/he dances celebrates the Indigenous tradition of marker trees and at the same time comments critically on the colonial history of Toronto, a city name inspired by the Indigenous T’karonto, which in different Indigenous languages can mean “gathering place” or “where the trees stand in the water”.
The first iteration of Niimi s/he dances premiered as part of a performance keynote by DDL2 entitled: Rattling the Curve - Paradoxical ECODATA Performances of A/I and Facial Recognitions of Humans and Trees. This was the opening act on Oct.8, 2020 for ECODATA. - The 5th Open Fields conference on Artistic Research, Science and Technologies and RIXC Art Science Festival 2020; October 8–10, 2020, Riga.
If you want to learn more about Taanteatro Companhia’s rich history of dance innovation, check out the recent event Dancing Tensions (March 3, 2022) documented on YouTube.
Learn more about the festival here: www.ecoperformance.art.br