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Sydney Festival



Friday 5 January 2024 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Saturday 6 January 2024 from 8pm to 9pm Sunday 7 January 2024 from 6pm to 7pm Monday 8 January 2024 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm Tuesday 9 January 2024 from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 10 January 2024 from 7pm to 8pm


Starting from: $59

In Brazil, the word encantado refers to the object of an enchantment or a spell. Then there are the encantados, the enchanted ones, spirits that move between heaven and earth, through jungles, rocks, riverbeds, sand dunes and plants. But now that human action threatens life on Earth, what will become of the encantados?

Emerging onto a stage decked in a vibrant patchwork, 11 dancers transform 140 colourful blankets into shape-shifting costumes and personas in Encantado, a wild celebration of nature and our place in it. 

Encantado is the brainchild of the Rio de Janeiro-based choreographer, activist and teacher Lia Rodrigues, who, over her 40-year career, has worked tirelessly to build synergies between art, activism and social processes. Inspired by the very real environmental and spiritual struggles experienced in today’s Brazil, Encantado asks: How can we become close to each other and to the world we are part of once again?

The enchanted and disenchanted move in endless dance, as Encantado builds from stillness to a joyous crescendo of freedom.

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