The Brazilian Alice Ripoll is a big name in the international dance scene. Five years ago she met a group of dancers in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, who captured and inspired her with their courage and perseverance. She took the locally popular dance style dancinha – a combination of pop, funk, and break dance – as her starting point for Cria. While, in order to keep control in the favelas, President Bolsonaro forbids dancinha parties, young people continue to express their feelings and zest for life through its vivid form.
In Cria, ten young dancers from Rio dance as if their lives depend on it. Explosive, wild and raw. The word ‘cria’, Portuguese for ‘young creature’ or ‘create’, is used in Brazilian street language to express affection for a young person you care for. Driven by the social injustice in Brazil, in this performance Ripoll journeys to the bodies from which life originates.