ROCK STREET ASIA
The Asian continent is known for the diversity of cultures and of people who live there. Art, music, culinary, literature, and religion are important parts of Asian diversity and play a significant role throughout the world. For its 2019 edition, the organizers of Rock in Rio not only honor Asia, but also bring to the City of Rock a part of the essence of the largest and most populated continent on Earth. The audience will find rich and sophisticated scenography referencing the 5 thousand years of history of the Eastern world in a playful way, going from art, to tradition, to culture referencing this enormous continent.
Artistically curated by Toy Lima in partnership with artistic director Marisa Menezes, who is in charge of all activities in the street, as well as of its characters, Rock Street will be even larger this year, extending for 200 meters. A large common and traffic area, with grass throughout and islands of natural trees ensure an incredible experience at the event’s most glamorous street. Exclusive concerts by Asian artists - some of whom have never played in Brazil before - dominate the Rock Street Stage during the seven days of the event.
For Toy Lima, the curating work for the Stage is thorough and rich in details: “We are working on a multicultural deliverable where we offer the audience talent that has never came to Brazil before. It will be an opportunity for audience and artists to meet each other”, the curator adds.
Concerts by great Asian artists guarantee a fully unique content for the audience
Music is part of that universe and Rock Street Asia will include pocket shows by relevant names in Asian music. Chinese Folk Rock group Nine Treasures, playing for the first time in the Americas; Billy Carter, a Seoul-based blues and rock band known as the most expressive group in Korean contemporary music; No Party For Cao Dong, a post-rock band from Taiwan; five-member group Dakhabrakha, from Ukraine, one of the greatest hits in music festivals around the world.
Outstanding scenography and street artists bring Asian references to Brazil
Rock Street Asia is the most exuberant street ever created for the festival, which has been improving this beloved space in every edition. The Wall of China, Matsumoto castle in Japan, the Big Buddha of Hong Kong, the Royal Palace of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, the Taman Ayun Temple in the island of Bali, are some examples of what can be seen in the City of Rock.
At the Street, three couples representing Traditional Japan, Pop Japan, and India will be the characters who interact with visitors. The Traditional Japan performance will include a couple dressed in Yukata, a casual version of the Kimono that recently became the unofficial dress code in summer festivals. Representing Pop Japan, Cosplayers, a popular activity among adults who like to dress as anime or videogame characters, and young people wearing outstanding costumes and makeup. India will be represented by an Indian wedding, a ceremony known for its colors, wealth, and tradition. The art of Japanese drums, Wadaiko, will also be present in the form of Taiko - Japanese percussion instruments made from animal skins. Those drums may be played using the hands or drumsticks. Some may be over three meters in diameter and weight more than a ton. The folklore of the Lion and Dragon Dances, Chinese cultural traditions with a history of over 1,800 years and whose goal is to attract luck, money, and prosperity, will also be present at Rock Street Asia. Group Bollywood Brazil will also promote flash mobs, Bollywood Dance, and Bharatanatyam, one of the most popular classical dances in India, on the Street.
Traditional houses honor the countries in the Asian continent
“At every edition we present new content that allows the audience to interact with other cultures. The idea is for everyone to leave the event with a taste of adventure, wanting to get to know the regions we present. What was born as a space to honor only one country has fully grown to include dance, arts in general, and particular characteristics of architecture and clothing from those places. In 2017 we had a real-size elephant that caught everyone’s attention, and I am sure the audience will once again be surprised by what we have to show this year”, says Marisa Menezes, artistic director.
The project developed by architect João Uchôa in partnership with sculptor Glauco Bernardi deserves special attention due to the eclectic design of large towers, to colorful roofs, to laces decorating palaces, temples, churches, and houses. According to Roberto Medina, “this is the richest architecture ever created by humanity”.
Everything the continent has to offer will be centered around a playful atmosphere dedicated to showing its music, its hospitality, and its millenary arts. Porticoes, props, parasols, large-scale sculptures, and beautiful landscaping guarantee even more playful complements to the square running alongside the new Rock Street, which will also include 20 houses. Differently from previous streets, Rock Street Asia and its beautiful monuments are also a place for contemplation and thought. Houses honor places such as the Philippines, with House Church of Paoay; China and its famous wall; Thailand and its temples; Palestine and Israel, with Jacir Palace and the Dome of the Rock, which will be side by site to promote peace.
Since 2011, Rock in Rio presents its guests with a space dedicated to different artistic performances, where the audience becomes part of the show, interacting with it. Rock Street seeks inspiration from emblematic places for the world of music: New Orleans, in 2011; United Kingdom and its neighboring Ireland, in 2013; Brazil was the inspiration in 2015; and, in 2017, Africa.
Size: 18 meters x 8.5 meters.
Total number of shows in the seven days of the event: 35 performances.
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