“By means of this interplay, the world remains identical; resemblances continue to be what they are, and to resemble one another. The same remains the same, riveted unto itself.”

Michel Foucault

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Verissimilitude (2004/2005) is an ensemble piece about the territory of subjectivity and perception, a study of the extremes of human instinct. A somatic response to Michel Foucault's text The Four Similitudes, Verissimilitude deciphers subconscious symbols and explores the fabric of the human condition. A world held in tension by laws and restrained compulsion. Jealousy and blind emulation; affinity and mechanisms of isolation. A witness trying to halt the machine of fate. A modern-day cannibal surrenders to his final victim in pursuit of self-annihilation. The hunter and the hunted are one.

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“Anglo-Brazilian physical theatre choreographed by Fernanda Lippi – angry, intense and explicit, but compelling”

The Times

“Inspired by Foucault’s The Four Similitude’s, this movement piece attempts to encapsulate the heart of the human condition. The basest instincts of the soul are given a choreographic treatment as a cast of four move in an elemental dance of symbols. The basest instincts of the soul are given a choreographic treatment as the cast moves in an elemental dance of symbols. This is a piece of exemplary choreography, dripping with sociological comment and performed with astounding fluidity and expertise...

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The design is dominated by a giant propeller, acting as a metronome to the rhythm of the piece, while a square of turf scents the theatre with a pungent freshness as feral as the often-violent choreography. Guilherme Bonfanti’s rich, atmospheric lighting design concentrates more on the shadows, creating an almost film noir piece for the stage. The dancers set about their task with astounding aggression, either in constant repetition of movement and form or in attack mode, throwing themselves naked around the space with mesmerizing ferocity…an accomplished piece” Paul Vale, The Stage

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The piece was conceived in a building site that suffered daily flooding; clearing out its water served as a daily ritual. The location’s humidity and claustrophobic qualities affected the cast and crew, and gave the process a rare density and focus.

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Cast & Crew

Cast: Lívia Rangel, Tuca Pinheiro, Marçal Costa, Heloísa Domingues

Lighting Design: Guilherme Bonfanti
Set Design: Orlando Castaño
Costume Design: Marney Heitmann
Set Photographer: Marcelo Coelho
Lighting Operator: Camilo Bonfanti
Set Construction: José Maria Amorim
Producers: Ligia Lippi, Andre Semenza, Fernanda Lippi
Choreographer: Fernanda Lippi
Director: Andre Semenza

Verissimilitude toured Brazil and Europe (Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Riverside Studios London).

Duration of performance: 1 hour
A cast of four

About Zikzira

Zikzira creates performances and films from an instinctive core, embracing the visual and visceral in a synthesis of art forms. Through risk, desire and organization of chance, the company devises immersive work with layers of meaning. Somatic impulses gives rise to movement; soundscapes, dance and imagery conspiring to form a whole. Through a multi-disciplinary and site-specific approach, the company devises work with poetic resonance unconfined by genre.

“The art of theatre is specifically the art of dreams”
Jean-Louis Barrault

“My body is the intention, my body is the event, my body is the result.
Art is hope, prayer, and the possession of the individual”
Günter Brus

Contact Zikzira

Tel: +44 (0) 795017 4896

Rua Laplace, 18A - Santa Lúcia
CEP: 30.360-390 - Belo Horizonte - MG
Tel: +55 31 3047 6330