Bárbara Luci Carvalho is a dancer, actress, performance artist, lecturer for theatre and dance, and part of the collective Antagon TheaterAKTion. She was the artistic program curator of the Sommerwerft – Internationales Theater Festival and, for the past 4 years, has been the artistic director of the International Womens’ Theater Festival. Carvalho develops projects based on Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance, performance, and dance theater.
“The corona virus acts like a magnifying glass, in both the German and worldwide context, on the lives of black women and on their current resistance against structural racism. It also exposes the existence of violence and the right to life. In a broader socio-political context, the black woman’s body is thus faced with the constant challenge of rewriting new readings of its history and contemporary experience.”
With her work Corpus Mundi – Stay Home… I’m safe in my body Bárbara tries to artistically explore the movements of her own body as home. In this context, she defines the body as homeland, culture, family, and tradition all at the same time. Her dance is to be understood as an autobiographical narrative that transcends geographical and aesthetic barriers. She is presenting her Corpus Mundi performance in an effort to deconstruct the experience of racism and transform it into collective emancipation. Through her performance, Cavalho reports on the experiences of an Afro-descendent female body.
Foto: Katharina Dubno