Volmir Cordeiro

1987, Brazil ; lives and works in Paris


Volmir Cordeiro is a dancer and a choreographer, as well as a PhD candidate at the Université Paris 8, where he is working on a thesis about the representation of underprivileged groups in contemporary dance. His examination of the contexts in which visible minorities have been represented and considered, goes hand-in-hand with his own pieces experimenting with plasticity, and the deformation of the body and face.
Rue is his third solo performance, created in 2015 for the Cour Marly at the Louvre and since adapted to different settings. Alongside the percussionist Washington Timbo, V. Cordeiro has thus incarnated this piece surrounded by French 18th century garden sculptures, but also on stages, and in an underground car-park in Poitiers. In it, V. Cordeiro bellows, crawls, shouts and rolls around, like so many states and attitudes crossing the street. He brings in men and women he crosses paths with, from the outcast to the show-off. Punctuated by drum beats, the piece has been devised by V. Cordeiro as a response to Bertold Brecht’s war poems: “I came into the cities in times of disorder, I lived among my friends in times of rebellion”. In Brecht’s writings, as in V. Cordeiro’s gestures and expressions, contradictory kinds of energy surge forth, pain and celebration, and violence that can occur after partying. V. Cordeiro investigates the symbolism of that space in its most political aspects. In his words: “The street is an opening towards another street. The street invents languages, and types, it accommodates the wretched, and it lends its stage to artists who use it as a refuge. Roaming is an excellent street invention. The street has invented class, race, anxiety and blood. The street doesn’t elude us, we are all acquainted with it.”