Mexe (pronounced /mesh/ Portuguese for move) is a contemporary dance performance inspired by the Afro-Brazilian dance and martial art, Capoeira. Mexe aims to trace the roots of Capoeira from Angola to colonial Brazil and finally to Toronto, where its become a transnational phenomenon.
The crippling sound of rusted chains. Haunted ships crashing through Atlantic whitecaps. The divine echo of the berimbau.
Gather around a 360 degree stage (roda) in Shaw Park to move through a live soundscape that traces Capoeira from its African roots to its oppression in colonial Brazil via the transatlantic slave trade, and finally to the transnational, multiethnic phenomenon it has become today.
Bring your headphones for an immersive experience into a spontaneous soundscape mapped to the motion input of sensors (i.e. gyroscopes, accelerometers) worn by performers. A custom wifi network created for the show allows you to stream the audio to your smartphone.
Part of the Pan Am Games’ Ignite Ontario program, Mexe brings together Afro-Brazilian movement and live sensor-generated 3D sound in this unprecedented intersection between Capoeira, interactive technology and narrative-driven sound design.
The Mexe project is a direct emanation of my artistic practice Playformance. Augmentative technology (in this case, wearables) is used to enhance the narrative of the show via real-time multimedia production. The artistic vision for Mexe is to offer a “live” element to the performance through an immersive soundscape that is rendered from the spontaneous movements of the performers.
This project is in partnership with Axé Capoeira Toronto.
Original Concept & Creative Director: Maziar Ghaderi
Technical Director: Stephen Surlin
Project Manager: Patricia Marcoccia
Branding: Mikhail Shchupak-Katsman
Associate Producers: Axé Capoeira & Newton Moraes
Website By: Stephen McMahon
Curated for SummerWorks 2015 in August.