Practical workshop, Luara Raio and Acauã El Bandide Sereia

Sunday 17 Sep 2023 from 11:30am to 1pm

Free upon registration

A practical workshop with artists Luara Raio and Acauã El Bandide Sereia, to welcome new entities into your body.

"We see moments of transmission as a bold exchange of our survival tactics, in dance, in war, in love. Practices of radical desire, of abysmal listening, of hearing the heart, of looking at the world through someone else's eyes, of tearing our skin, of inviting other bodies to inhabit our bodies. Or simply making room for other animals, spirits and entities that already inhabit us.

To traverse these universes, we rely on the imagination, which enables us to cast a spell on the world. Pleasure is the spell that protects our joy from the world that wants us dead. Spirituality is the force field that cuts through the spiral of time; organised anger is the sharp knife that cuts through it.

Our practice always starts from our bodies - South American, racialised, sexually deviant bodies - as a political and bio-mythographic space of revolution and celebration."

Luara Raio and Acauã El Bandide Sereia

A performer, dancer, dyke funk singer and choreographer, Luara Raio trained in the performing arts between Brazil, Portugal and France: at the University of Brasília, Forum Dança in Lisbon and ex.e.r.ce at the CCN de Montpellier-Occitanie.

She was singer and composer with the funk group Sapabonde from 2010 to 2015, travelling around many Brazilian cities singing about the lesbian experience, from lesbian to lesbian.
In Portugal, she works with João Fiadeiro, Mariana Tengner de Barros, Miguel Pereira, Ana Borralho and João Galante. In 2016, she created her first piece, the duo Chubby Bunny, as well as her solo Flecha.

In 2019, she will create Quadrilogia Da Encruzilhada, a series of dances at the intersection of spirituality, imagination and performance. Her work is rooted in a lesbian, racialised, anti-colonial perspective of the body that aims to activate threats and fractures in hegemonic representations of gender, race and the body.

Raised by women teachers and her grandfather a craftsman, Acauã El Bandide Sereia graduated in Theatre from IFCE (2009), in Dance from Curso Técnico em Dança (2012), and PACAP3 in Performing Arts from Fórum Dança (2019).

She explores the in-between of interactions and uses the "Gambiarra" (game) to search for possible images of Democracy in the bodies of queer performance. She seeks to reposition pedagogical and artistic language between confusion, dreams, nightmares, the subtle and the obscene. In 2022 she completed her Master's degree at ICI - Centre chorégraphique national de Montpellier with the projects Além de vocês, o que tem pra comer hoje? and Nuages clouds nuvens intergalactiqueer. She danced in the shows Apocalypso by Luara Radio, En Feijoada by Calixto Neto and Ana Laura Nascimento, and in Nadia Beugré's piece Prophétique (on est déjà né-es).

Acauã El Bandide Sereia is an artist supported by La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne in 2022/ 2023. She currently lives in Saint Denis.