In Portuguese, the word “cria” has two literal meanings. It is a noun, meaning young being, animal or human – but it is also a verb; to create. In Brazil, the term is commonly used to express in which slum someone was born: “I am cria from Complexo”.
The inspiration for CRIA came from the dancinha meaning little dance, a derivation from the passinho dance. Passinho is a favela dance that turned into a national dance-craze in Brazil after being included in the Olympic opening ceremony back in 2016. With ten dancers and enough energy to lift the roof off, Alice Ripoll brings the favela to the stage. CRIA explores a mixture of affection and sensuality through the interweaving of funk with contemporary dance.
Before the final form there was the orgy, the sex, the pulse, the desires that confuse themselves; How dancing is erotic! The invitation of the body that dances and creates is for you to glide where life springs.
Alice Ripoll was born in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 21, she was studying to be a psychoanalyst, and took a deviant path to start studying dance. The political and social issues of her home country are often reflected in her work. CRIA is no exception.
“In this catchy mix of samba, break dance, funk and vogueing, the bodies seem to be completely separate.” – de Volkskrant