Teon - Morte em Tupi-Guarani (1988)

Teon is a ritual, a prayer for the millions of indigenous people whohave been killed all across the Americas. The communal life, the religiosity, the contact with the white man, disease, slavery, and the genocide of indigenous culture are shown in a sequence of eight tableaus. A procession walks by slowly, following the rhythm of a drum. The performance begins with a ritual preparation. In a circle, the indigenous people share bread and water, they sing and dance with war cries. The ceremony is interrupted by the arrival of an indigenous person in chains. The group releases him, but he falls at the feet of his companions. The tribe lets out a cry of pain, and with their bodies they form a totem. The sound of a bomb exploding is heard. The totems fall apart, the indigenous people are dead. In the middle of the circle, a single indigenous woman survives, yet three people come from the audience and surround the dead bodies with chains. The destruction is complete. The old indigenous woman sets her own body on fire. Combining masks, costumes, and choreography, the performers become live sculptures involving the audience as in a dream.


Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/wwpzgq72

Additional Info

  • Title: Teon - Morte em Tupi-Guarani
  • Alternate Title: Teon - Death in Tupi-Guarani
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:42:49
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Date: 19 Apr 1988
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Adriano Marinho, Alexandre Krug, Ari Sartori, Arlete Cunha, Caio Gomes, Isabella Lacerda, Ione França, Kike Barbosa, Maria Rosa, Paulo Flores, Renan Costa, Tiaraju, and Zezinho Moura, performers; Antônio Chagas Motta, Adir Kettenhuber, Angel Rojas, Arlete Moraes, Clélio Cardoso, José Carlos Carvalho, Luis Schuch, Marcos Castilhos, Reginalda de Andrade, Ruben Pocequi, Salvador Gutterres, Sandro Reis, Sérgio Etchichury, Silvana Stein, Túlio Quevedo, and Zé da Terreira, substitute performers.
  • Credits: Ói Nóis Aqui Traveiz, collective creation; Arlete Cunha, costumes and props; Isabella Lacerda, masks.
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