Born in 1974 in Brazil, Biño Sauitzvy is an artist but also a director, actor, performer, circus artist, choreographer, dancer and researcher. After winning the 2001 Porto Alegre Best Director Award for M and the 2002 Best Dance Performance Award for Grand Genet: Notre dame des fleurs, he moved to Paris the following year. Once in France, he earned a doctorate in Aesthetics, Sciences and Technologies of the Arts, founded Le collectif des yeux and developed various projects.
In 2021, he carried out a residency, with the support of the Institut français, in Amazonia and São Paulo to develop the project "The study of Brazilian animist practices for the creation of street art performances".
Biño Sauitzvy explains his project
"This research is about the notion of the body-world. As I propose it, it is a whole - an ecosystem like a forest - in which man is not separated from nature, where there are no hierarchical relationships between the constituent elements, and in which man is not at the centre as in the anthropocentric view. The body-world is thus a body-nature, a body-landscape, in which man is one component among others: an actor who is also acted upon by and through the other environmental elements that make up this whole.
Some disappearing cultures have this perception of the body-world: a perception of man and the environment that is at once ecosophical, quantum and animistic-anthropological. We can mention, among others, the Brazilian Amerindians such as the Huni Kuin and the Brazilian syncretic cults such as umbanda and candomblé, represented by the myths of the Orixás, which are the result of the mixing of Amerindian culture, black slavery and European colonisation.
This immersion, as an artistic research residency, thus speaks of an urgency and is intended here as an embodiment: the creation of body-worlds, in the interstice of street art, performance and land art, through the acquisition/assimilation of indigenous cognitive knowledge; the metamorphosis through translation/rewriting/comparative study of performing arts techniques; and finally, the incorporated embodiment and translation of field experience, as the common thread of the Huni Kuin and Orixás is the body artist."
Biño Sauitzvy benefited from the support of the Institut français (Résidences Sur Mesure) for his residency in Brasil.
This programme became the Résidences Sur Mesure Plus+.
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