Silent Carnival

Silent Carnival was first performed by Andaime Theater Company in 2009 as a political/artistic response to a silence law applied to Brasilia's artists, bars, and citizens. This law prohibited bars to stay open and citizens and artists to be in the streets making “noise” after 10 PM. The law was seen by the population as a form of censorship where musicians were prohibited to play in bars or streets, carnival had to finish at 10 PM, and people were obliged to party at home or indoors.

Silent Carnival is a performed carnival block. Generally, carnival blocks follow predefined urban paths (main streets and avenues in the cities), are popular and very traditional. They are usually accompanied by a band with percussion instruments or by electronic sound cars and people wearing carnival costumes.

Silent Carnival is a block with all its elements but the sound. A precomposed music set, made by Dj Ops, is transmitted by radio waves. The participants connect to this frequency through their mobile devices (cellphones, tablets and portable media players) and listen, all together, to the same music with headphones.

We invite people not to watch the performance, but to participate in it by bringing head phones and a mobile or radio device.

Those who watch from outside see a visual landscape of partying. Incomprehension arises when the dancing bodies move without music.

Silent Carnival is art and politics. It is a block of Carnival that questions the silences and invisibilizations of laws, ethics and social politics.

Performers – Ana Luiza Belacosta, Kamala Ramers, Lucas Ferrari, Larissa Mauro, Leonardo Shamah, Patricia Del Rey, Roustang Carrilho, Tatiana Bittar;
Audio Technician – Euler Oliveira;
Marilia Carvalho, Julia Ferrari and DJ Ops


Country/Region Brazil

Artists Andaime Companhia de Teatro

11 06 2019 15:00
Where PEG 1

12 06 2019 16:15
Where DAMU