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Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha and Xingu River  
Altamira 2042

Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha and Xingu River  

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  • Live performance
  • Grand Sud
  • 1h15
  • Pass Latitudes
  • UTOPIA - lille3000

Altamira 2042

Altamira 2042 is a performative installation which shares with us the voices evoking a river in the Amazon, about the Belo Monte Dam. A polyphony of beings, languages, sounds and images highlighting voices which have often been muted or silenced.

In northern Brazil, the Belo Monte Dam was built on the Xingu river between 2016 and 2019, in spite of formidable opposition from local populations. Its activation caused the flooding of more than 400km2 and threatened hundreds of animal species with extinction. In Altamira 2042, Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha offers residents and local merchants a voice, including the indigenous populations Juruna and Araweté, lawyers and journalists from the town of Altamira, and also ecologists, rappers and other artists … Video projectors, luminous loudspeakers and ancestral tools become, in the hands of the performer, techno-shamanic structures which carry and amplify the human and non-human voices from the shores of the Xingu river.

An immersive experience which invites us into a journey channeling ceremony — driving toward the dreamed-of destruction of the dam.


Accessibility information:
Sudden light changes, strobe lighting, French, English and Portuguese surtitles, high volume, audience sitting on the floor and possibility of moving around at the end



Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha is an actress, director and researcher. For the past 5 years, the artist has developed the ”Riverbank Project: about rivers, buiúnas and fireflies, an art research dedicated to listening and amplifying the testimony of Brazilian rivers that are living an experience of catastrophe. This project was conceived as a response to the Anthropocene, defined here as “the moment when men cease to fear catastrophe to become the catastrophe themselves”.

The first stage was created from the testimony of Araguaia River and was held in 2015 with the play Guerrillas or for the land there are no missing persons about the women who fought in the Araguaia Guerrilla Group. After shown in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba, Porto Alegre and Brasília, in the year of 2019, the play was presented in nine cities in the region where the conflicts actually took place. For a month and a half we held presentations, workshops and debates.

In 2019 she premiered at the International Theatre Festival – MITsp the performance installation “Altamira 2042”, the second stage of this research project, this time created from the testimony of the Xingu River about the catastrophe caused by the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam.

The artist has been awarded by the Faperj Scholarship to Encourage Artistic Creation, Experimentation and Research, as well as the Funarte Artistic Training Scholarship, the Oi Futuro Artsônica Residency and Prince Claus Foundation and Goethe Institute Cultural and Artistic Responses to Environmental Change.

In her theater and cinema career, she has worked with directors such as Ariane Mnouchkine, Georgette Fadel, Cibele Forjaz, Grace Passô, Eryk Rocha and Heitor Dhalia.


Conception and Creation: Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha

Director: Gabriela Carneiro Da Cunha and Xingu River

Direction Advisor: Cibele Forjaz

Assistant Director: João Marcelo Iglesias

Second Assistant Director: Clara Mor and Jimmy Wong

Research Orientation And Artistic Interaction: Dinah De Oliveira and Sonia Sobral

Writing Credits: Raimunda Gomes Da Silva, João Pereira Da Silva, Povos Indígenas  Araweté E Juruna, Bel Juruna, Eliane Brum, Antonia Mello, Mc Rodrigo – Poeta  Marginal, Mc Fernando, Thais Santi, Thais Mantovanelli, Marcelo Salazar And Lariza

Technology/ Programming/ Automation: Bruno Carneiro and Computadores Fazem Arte.

Multimedia Creation: Bruno Carneiro and Rafael Frazão.

Images: Eryk Rocha, Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, João Marcelo Iglesias,  Clara Mor and Cibele Forjaz

Video Editing: João Marcelo Iglesias, Rafael Frazão and Gabriela Carneiro Da Cunha

Text Editing: Gabriela Carneiro aa Cunha and João Marcelo Iglesias

Sound Design: Felipe Storino and Bruno Carneiro

Costumes: Carla Ferraz

Lighting: Cibele Forjaz

Installation Design: Carla Ferraz and Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha

Installation Production: Carla Ferraz, Cabeção And Ciro Schou

Visual Design: Rodrigo Barja

Body Work: Paulo Mantuano and Mafalda Pequenino

Research: Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha, João Marcelo Iglesias, Cibele Forjaz, Clara  Mor, Dinah De Oliveira, Eliane Brum, Sonia Sobral, Mafalda Pequenino and Eryk Rocha

Production Director: Gabriela Gonçalves

Co-production: Mitsp – São Paulo International Theater Festival and FarOFFa Festival

Production: Corpo Rastreado and Aruac Filmes

International distribution: Judith Martin / Ligne Direct

Photography: Nereu Jr., Clara Mor and Rafael Frazão

Teaser: Renato Vallone and Rafael Frazão

Directrice de production : Gabriela Gonçalves. Coproductions : Mitsp – São Paulo International Theater Festival et FarOFFa Festival. Production : Corpo Rastreado et Aruac Filmes. Distribution internationale : Judith Martin / Ligne Directe. Photographies : Nereu Jr., Clara Mor and Rafael Frazão. Teaser : Renato Vallone and Rafael Frazão.

With the support of Onda – Office national de diffusion artistique

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