Throughout numerous decades, Brazilian Modern Art developed, evolved, and became a collection of vibrant and multifaceted “modernisms”. They had different faces but were connected by a common thread: the ideas of breaking with conservatism, finding freedom of expression, searching for the country's true identity and valuing what is Brazilian. It feels contemporary, right?
The historical event that put Brazilian Modernism on the spotlight was the Modern Art Week (Semana de Arte Moderna), a scandalous arts festival held in the conservative Municipal Theater in São Paulo, in 1922. As we celebrate the centennial of this transformational week, we invite you to scandalize yourself, find your Brasilidade, and join us for a day of dancing to the sound of DJs and live music, performances, delicious Brazilian food, visual arts, and a neon costume station.
WTF? Parangolé is a sculptural costume by the Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica that responds to movement and gives you a sense of scandalous joy and freedom. We invite you to create your own Parangolé with a neon touch. There is no right or wrong if you have fun! Some ideas: https://pin.it/6lqlM3l
House of Yes is known for being a temple of expression dedicated to connection, creativity and celebrating life. The collective of artists behind of the voted best venue of the northeast by the DJ Mag, believe in the creative energy of every person who enters this space, that performance, dance and art can inspire and heal us, that the world can be a better place, that weird is wonderful and that consent is essential.
MEET THE TEAM
Opa! Abaporu Neon is made possible in part by the generous support of NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)
Most of the materials used to create the set and costumes for Opa! Abaporu Neon are repurposed and donated by Materials for the Arts
Luciane Dom's performance is made possible in part by the generous support of the Artist Protection Fund
Opa! is not only a party, it serves as a fundraiser for Group Dot BR for supporting other various programs such as workshops, readings, residencies, and theater productions.