Alice Ripoll was born in Rio de Janeiro. At the age of 21, she was studying to be a psychoanalyst, and took a deviant path to start studying dance. The political and social issues of her home country are often reflected in her work. CRIA, the performance she was meant to show during Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival 2020 – if only it weren’t for the coronavirus – is no exception.
What does artistic freedom mean to you?
This question is so broad, I will try to make a certain cut to answer. I have been thinking a lot about the internet, I feel that it can work like a big prison for me. Having to sign in daily, via email, WhatsApp and social networks, is something that restricts my freedom a lot, as it consumes my time.
Art demands a more delicate relationship with time. The internet, the possibility of being found by your phone at any time, will still generate a lot of damage that we will be facing. I believe it tends to impoverish art.
Why do you think artistic freedom is important?
For me, art and freedom are involved. Each artistic creation that I make has the objective and implies to increase my freedom and that of the interpreters. It is a mission of my work.
How is artistic freedom put at risk? What are the possible actions to protect artistic freedom?
In this framework that I chose to answer, artistic freedom would be protected by being less connected by the internet, trying to increase the time in the rehearsal room, in being an errant in life (walking, reading, talking). The internet simulates a wandering route, but through the algorithms imposes a route on your navigation, where you only see what you have been looking for (mainly for consumption purposes). Without free research, without error, without really wandering, there will be no more freedom in art, only reproduction of programmed routes.
Top photo: Renato Mangolin.