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    Alice Ripoll: Zona Franca

    2 –⁠ 4 Nov, 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Performance & dance
    £20 ⁠–⁠ £32
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    Performers grabbing each other whilst holding and popping balloons
    Renato Mangolin

    ‘They are astounding – magnetic, forceful and frenetic, capable of executing the most macro and micro of movements.’

    The New York Times on Cria

    Dance company Cia Suave and Alice Ripoll present Zona Franca, a vibrantly political and poetic experience, connecting eclectic Brazilian dance styles.

    Following many global tours, this is the long-awaited London debut of Ripoll, the internationally acclaimed choreographer, and the company from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.

    Zona Franca, Ripoll’s latest work, echoes the aspirations of Brazilian youth at the point of transition between Presidents Bolsonaro and Lula. It is a fervent piece that tells of the hopes of a disinherited generation yearning to reinvent itself.

    Passinho, dancinha, voguing, samba, hip-hop and other styles of urban dance are the favourite playground and laboratory for Brazilian youngsters, eager to express their thirst for life and desire for freedom.
    Zona Franca takes these then steps beyond to combine contact dance, theatre, innovative vocals and folk dances from northern and north-eastern Brazil.

    As an extension of her work, Ripoll creates a space where performers and audiences can both find freedom, at a time when darker areas are growing across the world: areas of social, economic and political struggle.

    After years of agony, it’s time for rebirth.

    Alice Ripoll creator
    Alan Ferreira and Thais Peixoto creative assistants
    Tomás Ribas and Diana Joels lighting
    Raphael Elias set and costume design
    Gabriel Alves assistant costume designer and seamstress
    Alice Ripoll, Alan Ferreira and DJ Seduty sound
    DJ Seduty sound editing
    Renato Linhares sound technician and repetiteur
    Tainã Miranda touring lighting technician
    Caick Carvalho illustration and design
    Renato Mangolin photos

    Gabriel Tiobil, GB Dançarino Brabo, Hiltinho Fantástico, Katiany Correia, Maylla Eassy, Petersonsidy, Romulo Galvão, Tamires Costa, Thamires Candida, Vinicius Rodrigues performers

    Natasha Corbelino (Corbelino Cultural) production manager
    Milena Monteiro production executive
    Thais Peixoto, Isabela Peixoto and Thiago Monteiro production assistants


    'breathlessly quick urban dance'

    Irish Times

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    Age recommendation

    For ages 16+

    This show features latex balloons, strobe and confetti.

    Contains some scenes involving nudity.

    Dates & times

    2 –⁠ 4 Nov, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 1 hour 15 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.


    • Standard entry£20 ⁠–⁠ £32*
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