In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Festival d’Automne à Paris to present ZONA FRANCA by Alice Ripoll.
ZONA FRANCA: the title evokes the vision of a world in which everything can be shared, in a completely open way. In this latest piece, which incorporates different popular dances and music in a free manner, Alice Ripoll and her performers enable us to see how a newly-resurrected Brazil can reinvent itself.
ZONA FRANCA was first performed at the end of Jair Bolsonaro’s period of government and the return of Lula as the head of Brazil, in a country scarred by tensions and social and economic inequalities. Starting from the base of what these changes have meant for individuals and society alike, Alice Ripoll uses these life experiences as the basis for choreographic research into modes of action and collective creation. Following on from Suave and Cria, in conjunction with the Suave company, and its encounter between urban dance and contemporary dance, ZONA FRANCA goes one step further in this hybridization process in its association between theatre and song, and blend of popular dances from the north and north-east of Brazil with afro dances and afro house. Onstage the ten performers move, sing, and handle coloured balloons, elements in a contemporary ritual which invites the audience to experience a wide range of emotions, between a vulnerability, deep-seated anger and great joy.
Text : © Yaël Kreplak
Photo: © Renato Mangolin
About the artist
Alice Ripoll出生於里約熱內盧，出於對身體能力的好奇心和對探索動作的渴望，最初學習心理學，然後將注意力轉移到舞蹈。在天使維安娜學校（一個主要的編舞和運動功能康復中心）獲得學位後，她開始了自己的編舞生涯。她的作品通過研究將現代舞和巴西都市舞結合起來，為舞者提供空間來表達他們的經歷和內藏的記憶。Alice Ripoll領導兩個舞團：REC和SUAVE。她的作品曾在多個巴西藝術節上演，包括里約熱內盧的Panorama藝術節，並在國外的康普納格國際夏日節（漢堡）、塞納河聖德國際舞蹈節和布魯塞爾Kunstenfestivaldesarts藝術節。
照片：Alice Ripoll © Renato Mangolin