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Exotica (2011)

"Intriguingly unusual, excitingly strange."



These easy-appealing and ambiguous descriptions are frequently associated with Brazilian women, who generally occupy a very oppressive position in the international panorama of social relations, when considered (no matter where), exotic. 

The often assumed immorality of the "samba dancer from the sexual Eden" seems to justify the exploitation of her body and image.

This stereotype is deconstructed throughout the performance, drawing attention to the fact that the classification of other cultures as “exotic” is inferiorizing and strictly an imperial privilege. 


EXOTICA addresses subjects such as sexual tourism and traffic of human beings, the primitive art movement, the new african-american "heritage tourism", etc. 

On stage, the performer builds a fairy tale with dialogues between twelve different characters. Equipped with electronic devices, she operates (live) soundscapes of tropical forests, rain, beaches and birds, which are integrated in a surround system.

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concept, text, scenography & performance Luanda Casella
coaching Veridiana Zurita
soundtrack Pablo Casella
costume Maryangela Gusmão
sound & light design Pieterjan Coppejans
production Brigitte Mys/ Silence Fini vzw
support Stad Gent; Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen

EUROPALIA INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL / DE SINGEL (Antwerpen); DE CENTRALE (Gent); ZUIDERPERSHUIS (Antwerpen); DE MARKTEN (Brussels); DE WERF (Brugge); KORTRIJK SCHOUWBURG (Kortrijk)