The performance confronts the gender issue present in the context of Cavalo Marinho, mostly practised by men. The Warrior Maiden narrates the story of a maiden who goes to war, according to the Cavalo Marinho tradition and its social and political context. The performance reflects on gender and love, inviting the spectators to participate actively in the construction of the narrative, filling in the gaps and creating their own interpretation.
The performance also presents fragments of Memories of the Rabeca in which the fiddle becomes the voice, feet and hands of the actor who plays it, and the actor becomes the vibration of its strings and its music, evoking stories and characters that have been and continue to be on the margins of Brazilian society, media and justice.
Juliana Pardo and Alício Amaral are artist-researchers supported by the Vitae Arts Scholarship 2003/04 with the project “O Cavalo Marinho da Zona da Mata, North of Pernambuco”. For over twenty years, they have been working with the communities of Mata Norte in Pernambuco, especially linked to Cavalo Marinho, Maracatu Rural and Caboclinho traditions. For five years they have been carrying out research with the river communities in the north- ern Amazon regions of Brazil. Juliana’s and Alício’s main teacher is Inácio Lucindo de Camutanga and others are Biu Alexandre, Aguinaldo Roberto, Mariano Teles, Antônio Teles, Grimário, Biu Roque, Araújo and Duda Bilau.