The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) presents contemporary Brazilian dance troupe Chamecki/Lerner, Thursday & Friday, October 16 & 17, at 8 p.m. at Portland State University’s Lincoln Hall. Tickets are $15 general admission ($13 for PICA members) and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling PICA at 242-1419.

Natives of Curitiba, Brazil, who recently relocated to New York City, choreographers Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner have been collaborating for the past five years. Informed by their work with Cunningham Studio, Susan Klein School, Alexander Technique and David Zambrano, as well as numerous other collaborative innovators working in a variety of artistic disciplines, Chamecki/Lerner’s movement is stripped down to the essentials and results in clear, tangible images. Described as “wonderfully drastic, vulnerable dancing” by The Village Voice dance critic Deborah Jowitt, their choreography is characterized by its bold physicality and precision within a unique dramatic structure that is as fearless as it is poetic.

Their most recent piece, Antônio Caído, recounts the story of a young man who “while walking in the street, falls into a hold and dies.” The piece revolves around the different courses his life could have taken, the “what ifs” of everyone’s destiny, where sadness is strangely suspended and the urgency to recover is always present.

For more information, please call PICA at 503/242-1419.


Antônio Caído

“Mostly, when someone dies you feel
Left out, as if you were not worthy
Of knowing all.”
Kim Zorn Caputo

Directed by Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner

Choreographed by Rosane Chamecki and Andrea Lerner in collaboration with Bryan Kepple, Cristina Latici and Pedro Osorio

Performed by Rosane Chamecki, Bryan Kepple, Andrea Lerner and Pedro Osorio

Set design by Scott Pask
Lighting design by Stan Pressner
Original music by Vivian Trimble
Score also includes compositions by Gary Greenblatt,
Warp, Aphax Twin and Philip Glass
Costumes Consultant: Sergio Teixeira

Film directed by Lorenzo Shapiro
Actor on film: Roberto
Art direction for film: Chuspo

Costumes built by Sergio Teixeira and Astrud

Lights Operated by Roderick Murray

This piece was made possible through funds by Siemens/Equitel, Electrolux, FIESP, and Jerome Foundation.

Special thanks to Bryan, Cris and Pedro for their unbelievable support, patience and talent. Their vision was essential for the making of this piece.

Special thanks to Stan, for the time you spent with us, helping during those very surreal moments. Your presence is always very inspiring.

Special thanks to Bas, Gary, our managers Bruno and Alfonso and the staff of Viking Com., Mark Russel and the staff of PS 122, Alexis Eupierre, Bea, Lorenzo Shapiro, Vivian, Scott, John Connoly, Lisa Powers, the Middle Collegiate Church, and PICA.


Rosane Chamecki & Andrea Lerner (Artistic Directors/Choreographers). Andrea and Rosane’s first collaboration as choreographers dates from their graduation year, in Brazil. They both received a BA from the Pontif’ Catholic University of Paraná. Since then, they have developed an impressive body of work. “Jackie and Judy” earned their first invitation to festivals in Europe and South America, with outstanding reviews in newspapers in Venezuela, Belgium, and Holland. In ’94, Dance Theater Workshop produced their first full evening-length piece, “The Butterfly Effect”, considered by Andre Lepecki of the German magazine “International Ballettanz Actuell” as “one of the most successful pieces I saw this year.” In following years Chamecki/Lerner was produced by Performance Space 122 in New York, as well as commissioned to create a piece for the company Espacio Alterno in Venezuela. Chamecki/ Lerner’s past productions has been seen at festivals in the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela and in the US, and have toured brazil extensively.

Chamecki and Lerner have received grants from The fund for US artists at international exhibitions and festivals from Arts International, Meet the Composer, Jerome Foundation, Emerging Artist Challenge Program and a fellowship from CAPES from the Department of Education of Brazil. Last year, Chamecki/Lerner was awarded with grants from Siemens/Equitel, FIESP, Electrolux and O Boticario.

Their third full evening length piece, “Antônio Caído”, co-produced by Performance Space 122 in New York, premiered at the FID-I Festival Internacional de Dança, Brazil. This year Andrea and Rosane performed an evening of duets at Imagetanz 97, in Vienna, Austria. After Portland, “Antônio Caído” will be performed the US and Lisbon, Portugal.

Mario Vaz de Mello (Composer) has been composing original soundtracks for the theater, movies and TV since 1987. Mario’s music has been performed in the United States, South America, East and West Europe. In 1989, he won the “Mambembe Prize” in Brazil, with the score for the play “Os Cegos” (The Blinds). Now, he’s based in New York City, where he has been working for a Broadway Production as well as for an upcoming Motion Picture Feature.

Bryan Kepple: A native Midwestern Farm Boy. Studied Musical Theater at Illinois Wesleyan University of the Arts (BFA, 1993). He has performed in NY with Randy Warshaw, Michael Yasemak (Human Dance Company), and the L.O.K. Project with Mariana Leon and Pedro Osorio. He was a member of Espacio Alterno in Caracas, Venezuela and a guest artist with Rajatabla Danza of Caracas. He has also presented his own works in Caracas with visual artist Dulce Gomez. He wishes to thanks the Bad Barbies.

Pedro Osorio: Born in Caracas, Venezuela. Last year, he came to New York where he worked with Chamecki/Lerner, Bill Young and Dancers and L.O.K Project (independent work with Bryan Kepple and Mariana Leon).

Vivian Trimble has been living in New York since 1986. She has had the honor of working as a performer with John Kelly, Byron Sober and John C. Russel. Her full-length choreographed works , “The Word House” and “Easy”, were presented at DTW in 1993 and 1994. She is presently a member of the bands Luscious Jackson and Ko-Stars.

Lorenzo Shapiro was born and raised in Mexico City and graduated from New York University Film School. He works as a music video director and as a D.J. His feature length screen play “Eyes of a Blue Dog” has won various awards and has been shown at numerous international film festivals in Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal Brazil, Riga-Latvia, Venezuela, Germany, Ukraine, Puerto Rico, Finland, France, Colombia and Holland as well as in the U.S. in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Las Vegas. It has won the New York University Film Festival award as the outstanding achievement in experimental form and for best director, editing, cinematography, sound design, actor, actress, production management and the Mobil award semi-finalist. Lorenzo also received the gold seal from the Manchester International Film Festival.

Roderick Murray (Lighting Operator, Stage Manager) designs lights and performs. His designs have been seen on the work of Hot Mouth, Kriota Wilberg, CHASHAMA Theater Co., Clarinda McLow, and many others. He performs with Molly Rabinowitz, Circus Amok and 3 Legged Dog.

Scott Pask (Set Design)
Recent designs: Splash Hatch on the E Going Down by CIA Corthan at New York Stage and Film, The Adventures of Amy Bock bu Juile McKee at the Yale Rep., directed by Stan Wojewodski Jr. Previous work includes scenic design for choreographers Margarita Guerge, Vivian Trimble, June Anderson, Bebe Miller and John Kelly. In film, he was art director for Living in Oblivion by Tom DiCillo and Postcards from America by Buscemi. He is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

Stan Pressner (Lighting Design) claims to be fond of Virginia Woolf.

Contributions in support of Chamecki/Lerner’s work are greatly appreciated and may be payable to “The Field, Inc.” earmarked for “The Field member project of Chamecki/Lerner” and sent to:

178 East 7th Street #1A
New York, NY 10009

Chamecki/Lerner is a member of The Field, a non-profit tax-exempt organization, 501 (c)(3) organization serving the New York City performing arts community. Contributions made to The Field and earmarked for Chamecki/Lerner are tax deductible to the extent allowed by allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 161 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013, (212) 691-6969, fax: (212) 255-2053, e-mail: [email protected] The Field is registered with the Department of Charities, Albany, NY.

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