To an outsider, political meanings are not always obvious until you remember that, whatever else, a man like Bolsonaro would detest having to watch this sort of thing. Several opt to hug her instead. In a polarised world, it feels like the naked truth. In Brazil, the threat to expression is real. So when the dancers of Cia.
Kenley. Age: 28.
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Alayna. Age: 31.
The shock of the nude: Brazil's stark new form of political protest
Giving shape to the invisible is what so many of these productions seek to do. It begins like some masochistic gym class, with 16 naked men running in circles, sweaty and breathless, crashing into each other before collapsing into a writhing, orgiastic heap. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Artists are aghast at the swingeing cuts in a country that has dissolved its ministry of culture.