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The Fountain - Fernando Belfiore

For his new 'social sculpture' The Fountain, Brazilian choreographer Fernando Belfiore borrowed a fascinating idea from artist Joseph Beuys: that art has the power to change social reality through human activity. Belfiore uses the fountain and the water as metaphors for today's world, with its enormous environmental problems and social inequalities. But the images also represent the power of the community's creativity to search for solutions.
 
The fountain, well or water pump used to have a social function. It was the water supply of an entire community and was a place where people met. This image is the starting point for a performance about conservative movements in politics, which view the world as something that should be consumed by people. The environmental problems that arise as a result of this vision meanwhile threaten our living environment, our community. At the same time, it is in this community that the strength lies for change.
 
Let's be clear about this: Fernando Belfiore is a committed artist. What he wants to achieve with his work, above all, is impact. Theaterkrant wrote in a four-star review: 'The young maker creates strong images that make a lasting impression. Belfiore was also one of the ten artists invited to the Dutch Olympic Cultural Programme in Rio De Janeiro, in 2016 - a fine recognition of his talent.
 
Belfiore is intrigued by the mix of different elements in performance. He combines dance, theatre and visual arts. His pieces are intense and challenging. He searches for forms of engagement with the audience, as a way to influence society. This is also reflected in his new performance The Fountain, which will have its world premiere at Julidans.
(text credits Julidans)
 
Fernando Belfiore is an associate artist from Dansmakers Amsterdam. Earlier productions of Dansmakers Amsterdam/Fernando Belfiore includes AL13FB<3 and D3US/X|M4CHIN4. The Fountain is made possible with the support of Dansmakers Amsterdam.

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