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10178 Berlin-Mitte
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MEXA: The Last Supper

MEXA 2_Laysa Elias
MEXA: The Last Supper
Banquet performance
Duration: 1h 30 Min.
Brazilian Portuguese with German and English surtitles

MEXA was founded following outbreaks of gender specific violence in shelters for homeless people in São Paulo. Since then, the collective resides in Casa do Povo, a revolutionary Jewish cultural centre and explores the relationship between life and art, street and institution, politics and aesthetics.

Based on the Last Supper of Jesus, MEXA creates a banquet performance about farewells. Together with the performers, part of the audience takes a seat at a long table to eat. In a dramaturgy of dishes and narration, the lives of MEXA members intertwine with religious references. How do we keep the memories of those who have gone alive? What continues to exist once you are no longer there?  A festive and thought-provoking evening about the obligation to tell the stories of those who cannot tell them – and an explosive moment of union that renews a vow of solidarity.

Creation, production: MEXA
Direction, dramaturgy: João Turchi
Performers, co-creators: Aivan, Alê Tradução, Anita Silvia, Daniela Pinheiro, Dourado, Patrícia Borges, Suzy Muniz, Tatiane Arcanjo
Video performer, video creation, technical direction: Laysa Elias
Direction, movement assistant: Lucas Heymanns
Soundtrack, sound design: Podeserdesligado
Light design: Iara Izidoro
Producer, art director: Lu Mugayar
Executive producer: Francesca Tedeschi
Costume design: Anuro Anuro, Cacau Francisco
Scenography: Vão
Vocal direction: Dourado
Dramaturgical collaboration: Olivia Ardui
Research, artistic advisor: Guilherme Giufrida
Special thanks to: Esponja, Benjamin Serousse, Marcela Amaral, Felipe Martinez, Gustavo Colombini

A production by MEXA in co-production with Casa do Povo and Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels. The guest performance takes place as part of the series DIE KUNST, VIELE ZU BLEIBEN. Nationwide Forums for Art, Freedom and Democracy, a series of events by the Fonds Darstellende Künste in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Chamäleon Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, FFT Düsseldorf, Hans Otto Theater Potsdam, HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Impulse Theater Festival, Kunstfest Weimar 2024, LOFFT - DAS THEATER Leipzig, OSTEN Festival Bitterfeld-Wolfen, Plattenstufen-Festspiele presented by PHOENIX Theaterfestival Erfurt, Residenz Schauspiel Leipzig, Societaetstheater Dresden, Sophiensӕle Berlin, Zentralwerk e. V. Dresden.

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