Eduardo Marmo (bass), Maurício Oliveira (sax), Tamiris Silveira (keyboard), and Theodoro Nagô (acoustic guitar) and dancers Rubens Oliveira and Munique Costa (Brazil/SP)
Live - Premiere
10/05 • 7:00 PM to 20h00
Duration 60 min.
Recommended age: All ages
With Eduardo Marmo (bass), Maurício Oliveira (sax), Tamiris Silveira (keyboard), and Theodoro Nagô (acoustic guitar). Directed by Rubens Oliveira, dancer and body percussionist. Special participation of the dancer Munique Costa (body percussion).
Within the 2021 Sesc Dance Biennial context, Yebo Musical goes up on the stage of the Instrumental Sesc Brasil with energy and a complex audio storyline that is born from the body. The group presents soundtracks specially composed for Gumboot Dance Brasil’s dance shows, highlighting the company’s latest work repertoire, Yebo.
Gumboot dance (‘dance with rubber boots’) is a form of popular dance that originated in the XIX century in the gold and diamond mines of South Africa. The workers, in their majority black people subject to slavery-like conditions, found in the stomp of the boots, the singing, and screaming the perfect conjunction to communicate non-orally with companions from different regions of the country.
The dancer, choreographer, and director Rubens Oliveira, Gumboot’s creator, always valued musical composition’s construction and immersion in his works. The metaphor of the body as an instrument is raised to the eleventh percussive power in the practice of the gumboot dance, to which Oliveira was introduced by the South African choreographer and soprano Derrick Mlambo, co-founder of the group Kholwa Brothers and in charge of the soundtrack of Milágrimas (2005), work in which the Brazilian acted and was directed by Ivaldo Bertazzo. This technique’s transposition to the Brazilian context is in the base of the company Gumboot Dance Brasil, founded in 2008.
Yebo Musical transcribes the dance performance into an instrumental music act, but without losing the essence of its narrative. The exploitation of the mines and people come to the surface to propose a sound dialect born from the stomp of the rubber boots inside the mines, to gain a musical torso with the arrangements of the quartet formed by harmony, melody and rhythm by Tamiris Silveira, Maurício Oliveira, Theodoro Nagô, and Eduardo Marmo. Dancers Rubens Oliveira and Munique Costa add to the formation to play their own bodies as percussion instruments.
The affirmative expression yebo, common among the African workers, means “yes, let’s go” and highlights the invitation to this show calling on us to see and listen with the entire body.
Artistic Direction: Rubens Oliveira
Technical Direction: Washington Gabriel
Dancers: Munique Costa and Rubens Oliveira
Musicians: Eduardo Marmo (bass), Maurício Oliveira (sax), Tamiris Silveira (keyboard), and Theodoro Nagô (acoustic guitar).
Production: Incrivy Produções