Alegria and Elegy-ah!: Unidos da Praça Roosevelt Requests Passage!
We request passage to delight and agonize; we are the unidos da Praça roosevelt and here we come to tell its stories. With our presence we want to give life to memories buried in the concrete, in the tectonic layers of urban time; with our butoh-samba we want to embody the spirits of those buried by “revitalizations”; we want to dream elegies and pay homage to those that public policies have tried to exclude.
Carla Melo is a scholar/performer/ director, assistant professor at Arizona State University and co-founder of Corpus Delicti (2003-2008). Her creative work and research center on corporeality, public space and activism. her writings have been published in The Utopian Impulse in Latin America (volume), e-misférica, TDR, among others. She is currently working on a book on performance, place and grief.