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The normals

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Inserted in the includance program, spurred in partnership by the choreographer Clara Andermatt and Henrique Amoedo, there was an action of intensive training with professionals, mainly from the field of dance as well as other artistic areas such as music, theater, video, or performance. A meeting of about 20 interpreters and creators with and without disabilities that aimed to provide experiences, perspectives and reflection on different forms of expression and communication.

Living in society imposes a social behavior, aesthetic and cultural model accepted by a large majority, but does not the difference deserves a captive space in this set of rules that govern us? After all we are all so alike? So how can you be normal in the difference? Where we draw the boundaries of a normal accepted by most of the common citizens? Or normal after all are those who pledge their difference without finding excuses for the way they think, their everyday live and how they appear before society?


Thiago Soares and Flavia Cintra are both very different ... in their respective normality. He takes on his body like a canvas that he uses as he pleases, consciously, even that it means impose pain. His tattoos and pircings are just one of those stages of transformation of the being. There is also the rest, his body fluids that fascinates him and actively uses in his artistic public performances. These are all facets of Thiago forming its identity and without it would plunge him into a deep depression.

She, in turn, bears a partly petrified body, an aspect of her appearance that she displays naturally. It does not reflect her identity as a mother of twins, professional and citizen. Flavia gets up every day at the same hour, prepares the children for school and leaves for work like any other woman. Assumes that does not dream of walking, which would add nothing to what she already has and won even in a wheelchair ... her happiness.


The center of the group of occupational activities of São Vicente, also transformed all these questions in dance through a choreography guided by Telmo Ferreira and Joanna Ako, reflecting this journey thry the day-to-day of disabled people.
The first moment is initiated by nightfall, wrapped in their cocoons, protected from the weather and the rest of the world they do not know and somehow fear. The dawn brakes and the first rays initiate a new daily live, having to leave home, walking through the streets and facing the constant rub of people, explains the choreographer, "none of them had ever danced in their life, so we began to discuss what they liked or not to do. We have selected a series of moments that had a special meaning, transportation was one of them. The confusion of walking, the stress that is something they were not used before were transported everywhere and now they have to be autonomous, they must ride a bus, join the society and then we trained all these changes transforming them in steps. This feeling was transported to the dance. "

The second part is a calmer, it is a fluid process, symbolizes a certain introspection, awareness that "I'm not upset, I am not facing this society, because I live in my world." But after a while, the regard falls into the mirror, they do not know how to face themselves within that image reflected. After all, I am already normal? The history of a collective will gradually be stitched, first individually and then together, through various musical styles that reflect the sound they like, what they heard at home. Are bodies that deliver a dance and show who they are. Only people who have found their own way to be happy and all it is good about life.

Ultimately, are we not all normal?

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