Frevo is a dance and music style connected with the Brazilian Carnival. Its roots lie in march music, and the dance’s movements originate in capoeira, a martial art created by slaves transported from Africa to Brazil. Frevo, which was born on the streets of Recife, continues to be a popular traditional Brazilian folklore.
Faz que vai is a frevo step, that imitates the movement of staggering. The video piece includes four performances where the identity of the dancers gains a crucial role. The piece Faz que vai (Set to go) (2015) by Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca questions frevo-related conceptions regarding the dancer’s gender and social background. The work examines bodies that are marginalised and deviate from the expected, compared to the traditional form of culture.
Bárbara Wagner (1980, Brazil) and Benjamin de Burca (1975, Germany) are interested in the space documentary and art share. Their works often address the current culture’s relationship with traditions and cultural preservation, especially in emerging economies and in the postcolonial framework. The artists have worked together since 2011. Their solo exhibitions have been showcased, for example, in Lissabon and Sáo Paolo’s Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel Galleries (2018 and 2019) and Pérez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami (2019). The duo represented Brazil in Venice Biennale 2019.
Faz que Vai (Set to go) is displayed in the Touch exhibition, which presents Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. The exhibition showcases current Finnish and international contemporary art, with a core focus on humanity.
Duration 12 min.
Crew and cast
Cast Ryan Neves, Edson Vogue, Bhrunno Henryque, Eduarda Lemos
Directors Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca
Cinematographer Pedro Sotero
Editor Eduardo Serrano
Executive Producer Bárbara Wagner
Sound Design Waltinho Souza
Original Soundtrack Orquestra Popular Da Bomba Do Hemetério
Gallery name: Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA
Address: Ahertajantie 5, Espoo
Opening hours: Tue, Sat-Sun 11:00 - 17:00, Wed-Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Open: 04.02.2020 - 17.05.2020