Past Performing Arts | Dance

Lia Rodrigues


Presented by CAPA and Wexner Center for the Arts

Ohio Premiere

A dancer in a blue hat is pulling a person’s body across the stage by their ankles. Other dancers are strewn across the stage.

Traverse paradoxical worlds of raw emotion in this dazzling dance theater work by internationally acclaimed Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues.

In Fúria—"fury" and "force" in Portuguese—Rodrigues travels beyond the contradictions of the ego as nine dancers bond with their primitive energies to reinvent social constructs. Exploring themes of otherness and group dynamics, she crafts a fictional universe that constantly evolves as the dancers progress from conflict and isolating individualism to jubilation and collective transcendence. The result is an invigorating experience that offers respite from numbing pandemic fatigue and the social anxiety of our time.

A driving force behind Centro de Artes da Maré, an arts center in one of Rio's largest favelas, or shantytowns, Rodrigues makes no distinction between her dance practice and the diverse community to which she is deeply committed.

Please note: This performance contains nudity.

A dancer in a blue hat is pulling a person’s body across the stage by their ankles. Other dancers are strewn across the stage.

Lia Rodrigues, Fúria, photo © Sammi Landweer.

A performer in a long black dress stands, screaming, above bodies lying on the stage. Their left hand is outstretched, and their right hand is balled in a fist at their side.

Lia Rodrigues, Fúria, photo © Sammi Landweer.

Three shirtless performers pull a large black tarp, on which a nude person is lying in a cradle position. An ominous, white-cloaked figure draped in white, hairy wire looks down at them.

Lia Rodrigues, Fúria, photo © Sammi Landweer.

Performers draped in various plastics and fabric are strewn across the stage. Some are lying down, some are walking, and others are being dragged.

Lia Rodrigues, Fúria, photo © Sammi Landweer.

More about the artist

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Lia Rodrigues was born in São Paulo, Brazil. After studying classical ballet, she cofounded the contemporary dance group Andança and danced with Compagnie Maguy Marin. In 1990, she founded Lia Rodrigues Companhia de Danças, which has presented work in over 25 countries. The Centro de Artes da Maré, inaugurated in 2009, serves as both the headquarters for her company as well as a meeting space for artists and people of all ages. In 2005, Rodrigues won the medal of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government. She has been an associate artist in Paris at both the Théâtre National de Chaillot and Le 104 since 2018.

Copresented by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts.

Greater Columbus Arts Council 
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Arts Council
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Lia Rodrigues