Pepe Dayaw and Caique Tizzi, Manila – Sao Paulo

Berlin, January 2015

Photos: Franz Bruecke

Caique and Pepe
15 January 7pm | Agora Collective, Mittelweg 50

The word ‘saudade’ first appeared as text in 13th century Galician-Portuguese anthology of poems called cancioneiros, more than 200 years before the first Portuguese men arrived in what is now Brazil. In the 1950s, a poem called ‘Chega de Saudade’ written by Vinicius de Moraes and composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim became a popular song that pioneered the bossa nova genre. Half a century later, a young man from Manila memorized this song without necessarily speaking Portuguese, mimicking the words and following its melody.

This series of events is bound and made possible mainly by one thing: water. Water is what separate lands, creates saudade feelings, and makes colonization possible. Two artists, one grew up in Sao Paolo, and the other in Manila make ‘sense’ of these fluid connections and other things that unite two of the largest metropolises in the world. It happens in one table. Through the interplay of their own micro-histories, they cook the colonial, the indigenous and everything else in between through a choreographic recipe that can only be described as ‘anthropofagia’.

The performance is a continuation of an artistic conversation between Caique Tizzi and Pepe Dayaw, who met each other in Berlin through the Agora Collective art platform. Some of the proceeds of the event goes to a symbolic fund for the artists’ current researches: SWEET (Tizzi) and A KARAOKE PROJECT (Dayaw)


plantain with spicy mango chutney, avocado and crunchy prosciutto

seabass cooked in a reduction of cider vinegar, ginger, garlic and coriander
cauliflower coconut puree, steamed tapioca

chicken and chestnut in chilli chocolate curry
pickled grapes in a tamarind base and turmeric rice

dulce de leche chilli lime and yoghurt cream
steamed cassava cakes with grated coconut

30 € (a glass of wine is included)
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