Eleonora Fabião: The Giro Piece
  • Title: The Grio Piece
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:26:53
  • Language: English
  • Date: July 2002
  • Location: Performed in Lima, Peru, in July 2002, as part of the Third Annual Hemispheric Institute Seminar entitled Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere.
  • Type-Format: performance, performance art
  • Cast: Eleonora Fabião, performer.
  • Credits: Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, producer ; Eleonora Fabião, creator ; Nadia Baram, videographer.

Eleonora Fabião: The Giro Piece

Video documentation of Eleonora Fabiãos solo dance performance The Giro Piece presented as part of the 3rd Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2002 in Lima, Peru under the title Globalization, Migration and the Public Sphere. Eleonora Fabiãos Giro Piece is a dance performance, an installation, a scream claiming attention to the body immersed in present times. An awakening call to the body led by, and oppressed by, globalization. Fabião explains, The experience of being a world citizen in the era of globalization produces on me, among many advantages and benefits, a disturbing vertigo, a certain existential dizziness. I am permanently experiencing a tension provoked by the expansion of my body through all communication and transportation systems, and the dispersion of my self while perceiving the vast-virtual worlds web. There is a centrifugal force expanding the body towards space and time, and a centripetal force condensing body and space in a timeless state. Giro Piece is a performance art work that investigates these issues using maps (all kinds: sky maps, world maps, human body maps, subway maps),four televisions, saliva, a dress, a woman-performer and the spectators presence and movement. Performance artist and theorist Eleonora Fabião focuses strongly on the relationship between the audience and performer, using co-labor-a(c)tion to break down the standard active-passive dichotomy. The main thrust of her work is directed towards an exploration of the poetic body and its creative, political and communicative abilities.

Eleonora Fabião is a performer and performance theorist. During the 1990s she performed as a member of two experimental theater companies in Rio de Janeiro – Ko Produções (directed by Ivana Leblon) and Centro de Demolição e Construção do Espetáculo (directed by Aderbal Freire-Filho). In 1999 she conceived and performed the solo "Alice" – an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" – with the collaboration of musician Hermeto Pascoal and sculptor Waltércio Caldas. Since 2000 she has been researching and creating performance art pieces; she presented works in Brazil, USA, Mexico, Peru, France and Germany. She has a Master's Degree in Social History of Culture and is finishing her PhD Studies in Performance Studies at New York University, sponsored by Capes. Since 1997, she has been Assistant Professor of Acting and Performance Theory at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). In 2004 she became a Full Professor of the Theater Directing Course-UFRJ, where she teaches courses in Performance Studies.