Lina do Carmo

Victoria Regia

A Fiction from Amazonas
Solo Dance devised and performed by Lina do Carmo

»VICTORIA REGIA« is the name of a kind of water lily which has a reputation as being one of the most amazing plants in the world. Its circular-shaped leaves can reach a diameter up to two meters and a weight of seventy kg. The secrecy of this plant, only existing in the warm Amazonian waters, inspired the fantasy of the American Indians, who live in that region, for many generations. Myths and legends created around this mysterious plant are Lina do Carmo‘s substantial issues for her »Fiction from Amazonas«.

VICTORIA REGIA captures the spectator and leads him into the Amazonian forests and shores. Lina do Carmo tells us about the stream of life, floating endlessly through alternating nature, just like the Brazilian waterstream through its continent. Her body‘s powerful expression supported by a sophisticated light-dramaturgy transforms the stage into a place of magic. Spitting reptiles, blooming flowers swaying softly in the wind, appear in front of the spectator‘s eye.

VICTORIA REGIA is as suggestive as a film, it is like a symphony of images and music.

The Press:

»Muscles, skin and movement form a non-human, sensual creature.«
(Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

»She uses her muscular body as a medium for visions and metamorphoses: by winding, weighing and crawling her play of muscles, her mimical expressions, her soft and hard movements increase until the spectator‘s sense are confused.« 
(Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

»The term ‘mime’ does not sufficiently define this highly visual motion theatre. Dance elements, a body control that could almost be called acrobatic, suggest a strange mixture of hardness and lasciviousness.«
(Fürther Nachrichten, Germany)

»Lina do Carmo dances with an elementary power of expression... Gestures...unfold themselves in a frequent change of dynamic energy and breath-taking silence.«
(Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

»The almost naked dancer...reveals breath-taking animality, fascianting with a suggestive body language, whose variety of expressions include Indian magic and mysticism, rituality and eroticism.«
(Neue Rhein/Ruhr-Zeitung, Germany)

»In Lina do Carmo's mime dance and her graceful physicality flowers up the always changing jungle of Brazil.«
(Ruhr Nachrichten, Germany)

Supported by Kulturamt der Stadt Köln