UK Premiere

Alice Ripoll / Cia REC (Rio de Janeiro)

Lavagem (Washing)

Saturday 15 October 2022Sunday 16 October 2022

Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park
Birmingham, B12 9QH United Kingdom
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Presented in collaboration with Art Happens (Ghent) as part of Flanders Focus. UK Premiere.
Included in our tiered discount offer.

70 mins £15/13
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Performers all grouped together on a big blue tarp covered in water.
Performers all grouped together on a big blue tarp covered in water.

Using buckets, water & soap, the performers in Lavagem (Portuguese for “washing”) explore the action of cleaning as a performative and political gesture. The performers produce images with bubbles, suggesting a dreamlike world, yet by its very nature the soap is also a source of frustration which stops them from staying upright. The process of scrubbing now also becomes an investigation of the identities who are cornered to perform certain tasks in our societies, something that became even more evident with the pandemic, in Brazil and beyond.

Alice Ripoll & CIA Rec dissect the polarised reality of Brazilian society where contact between different sections of the population remains extremely tenuous. The performers come from the favelas, the shantytowns within Brazilian cities, and have a very personal connection to the topic: Their mothers and grandmothers worked as cleaners their whole lives. Lavagem asks the questions: What actually needs to be cleaned? The houses, the dirt in the rooms? Or the sophisticated strategies that aim to make some people become invisible?

Director Alice Ripoll
Original idea Alan Ferreira
Performers Alan Ferreira, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Rômulo Galvão, Tony Hewerton, Tuany Nascimento
Production director
Natasha Corbelino | Corbelino Cultural Production assistant, set assistant Thais Peixoto
Artistic assistant Laura Samy
Photos Renato Mangolin

Set designer Raquel Theo Visagism

Props Cleber de Oliveira
Costume designer Paula Ströher
Light designer Tomas Ribas
Light Technician Nadja Naira
Tour planning ART HAPPENS
Supported by Rafael Machado Fisioterapia
Co-prodution Kunsten fetival des arts, PACT Zollverein,Kaserne Basel, Wiener Festwochen, Julidans, Festival de la Cité Lausanne, Passages Transfestival, RomaeuropaFestival and Teatro di Roma – Teatro Nazionale, Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Special thanks Alexandre Belfort, Sulamita Costa, Juliana França, André Oliveira, Walace Ferreira, Juliete Schultz, Mauricio Lima, Pedro Bento, Thamires Candida, DiloPaulo, Diewry Patrick, Lenna Santos de Siqueira, Camila Rocha, Centro Coreográfico daCidade do Rio de Janeiro, Arnoldo Pereira de Souza, Anita Tandeta, Camila Moura, Renato Linhares, Cecilia Ripoll, Andrea Capella, Casa de Mystérios e Novidades


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Fierce Says

This was one of the first shows we saw post lockdown: so we loved the proximity of being so close to the performers, which felt like a real privilege, with the audience sat closely on all sides. They create compelling images that had us on the edge of our seat for an hour. This is the first time this Brazilian company has been to the UK - and it's long overdue! A hot ticket.


Saturday 15 October 2022


MAC Birmingham

Sunday 16 October 2022


Midlands Arts Centre