As „a duet with myself“ is how Brazilian choreographer and dancer Cristina Moura describes her charming and provocative solo Like an Idiot. The third partner is the audience: „I am here to dance. You are there to watch“. Vulnerable and almost naked, she steps into the limelight and exposes herself to the eyes of strangers and to her own questions. Prompted by various impulses – a movement, a melody, a subjective emotion or a concrete object such as a children’s bobby car or a bottle of water – she sets out to find her identity as a woman, as an artist and as a black Brazilian.
The association space is wide open – topics such as abuse, the beauty industry, street children, violence and sex brew up in the mind of the audience to a strong mass of content. It is a disturbing performance in which Cristina Moura transforms into different states and figures, from the child who builds his likeness out of paper to the stereotype of the sexy woman or the confused and neglected man on the street. She plays, she dances, she talks, she exposes herself to a bombardment of questions from the off. „I will not cry anymore“, one hears over and over. But also “I’m strong. I’m awake. I’m creative. I´m weak. I´m a superman. I hold on for another day. I’m strong. I accept. I do not expect“.
Like an idiot can be interpreted in many ways, says Cristina Moura, and admits that this piece, which she has performed all over the world, takes her to her personal limits.
She created this „choreographic self assessment“ upon her return to Brazil from Europe where she had danced with renowned artists and companies such as João Fiadero and Les Ballets C. de la B.
Concept, direction,choreography and performance: Cristina Moura
Dramaturgical advice: Carmen Mehnert
Musical direction: Beat Halberschmidt
Musical concept: Beat Halberschmidt, Cristina Moura
Light design: Sergio Pessanha
Technical direction: Dalton Camargos
Duration: 50 min