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Mariana tries to rebirth a dead child ('Life-Source on Fire', Belem, 19 December 2015)

Mariana tries to rebirth a dead child (‘Life-Source on Fire’, Belem, 19 December 2015)

On 5 November 2015, the worst mining disaster in recorded human history assassinated the River Doce in Mariana, Minas Gerais. when a dam built and operated by the mining giants Samarco and Vale burst. The toxic debri has now reached the Atlantic ocean in north-eastern Brazil. The Amazon – lungs and saliva of the world – risks the same fate.

In solidarity with the people of Mariana and all communities affected by this human- ecological disaster and all similar disasters caused by the ‘development of greed’, and as a contribution to the global movement for solar energy, a living Amazon and a sustainable future, we created the dance-theatre ‘Life-Source on Fire’.

Here are 15 images from its opening on December 19, performed by the young dancer-choreographer Camylla Alves, conceived and directed by Dan Baron Cohen in collaboration with our Rivers of Meeting project, in the Brazilian Amazonian community of Cabelo Seco, Marabá, Pará.

1 Mariana returns to her community and recognizes nothing.

1 Mariana returns to her community and recognizes nothing.

2 She falls into a crack of memory on the boardwalk by the river and lives the rape of indigenous Amazonian Brazil.

2 She falls into a crack of memory on the boardwalk by the river and lives the rape of indigenous Amazonian Brazil.

3 Mariana lives the hidden female history of the Amazon and Brazil and begins to understand the present.

3 Mariana lives the hidden female history of the Amazon and Brazil and begins to understand the present.

4 She reaches for her Afro-descendent horizon, in vain.

4 She reaches for her Afro-descendent horizon, in vain.

5 Mariana plants seeds of healing, carried in her hair from Africa.

5 Mariana plants seeds of healing, carried in her hair from Africa.

6 She is called by Mother Earth to revive her roots.

6 She is called by Mother Earth to revive her roots.

7 But the drought interrupts her life-journey.

7 But the drought interrupts her life-journey.

8 Delirious, Mariana bathes herself in the toxic waste of a murdered river, for relief.

8 Delirious, Mariana bathes herself in the toxic waste of a murdered river, for relief.

9 Mariana is calmed.

9 Mariana is calmed.

10 Suddenly she hears an abandoned baby in the river.

10 Suddenly she hears an abandoned baby in the river.

11 Mariana discovers the child is dead.

11 Mariana discovers the child is dead.

12 She tries to rebirth the child.

12 She tries to rebirth the child.

13 Mariana is awakened by her mobile-phone and sees both the river and child are just dirty rags.

13 Mariana is awakened by her mobile-phone and sees both the river and child are just dirty rags.

14 She videos her dream-journey as an intervention.

14 She videos her dream-journey as an intervention.

15 Mariana asks the audience to share her clip.

15 Mariana asks the audience to share her clip.

The River Tocantins where we live and work has been damned to be transformed into an industrial highway in 2016, serving a new hydro-electric dam. Please write to us (danbaronmst@hotmail.com) or call (55-91-98847-0521) if you want to collaborate to protect a sustainable Amazon. See the attached video:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/brazil-faces-environmental-disaster-as-deadly-tide-of-orange-mud-bleeds-into-sea-following-dam-a6744256.html

Mariana tries to rebirth a dead child ('Life-Source on Fire', Belem, 19 December 2015)

Mariana tries to rebirth a dead child (‘Life-Source on Fire’, Belem, 19 December 2015)

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