Vitae: Ricky Seabra
born Washington DC 1964 / Nationalities: Brazilian
+55 21 2513 3389 / +55 21 8204 5382
Foundation Year at Corcoran School of Art, Washington DC, 1983
Bachelor in Fine Art in Communication Design, Parsons School of Design, New York City 1987
Masters in Design Research, Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2002. Thesis: The ISADORA Module; A Design Study for an Arts and Habitability Studies Module for the International Space Station.
Title to be determined The latest work by Ricky Seabra directed by Dirk Verstockt to begin production in residency at Kaai Theater Brussels in September 2009
Empire, Love To Love You, Baby a new performance about the notion of the American Empire produced in residency at the Kunstencentrum nOna in Belgium. Concept Ricky Seabra, Directed by Dirk Verstockt.
• Premiere: June 15, 16, 17, 2006
• Premiere in Portuguese: Caixa Econômica Theater, Brasilia, Feb 2008
• European Tour 2008:
De Kikker Theater Utrecht,
Corrosia! Almere Haven NL,
Brakke Gronde Theater, Amsterdam,
Exodos Festival Ljubliana Slovenia Sept-Nov 2008
• Caixa Economica Theater Curitiba October 2008
• Panorama Dance Festival, Rio de Janeiro Nov 2008
Isadora.Orb, The Final Metaphor Concept, Text & Performance by Ricky Seabra. Directed by and with participation of Andrea Jabor. Produced in residency at KC NONA, Belgium
• Premiere, Feb 2005 at KC NONA Mechelen, Belgium
• Instituto Cultural Itau, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 2005
• Instituto Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro, September 2005
• Live Art Festival Trouble, Halles de Schaerbeek, Brussels
• Teatro Nelson Rodrigues, Rio de Janeiro (4 week run in July 2006)
• Festival RioCenaContemporČnea, Rio de Janeiro Oct 2005
• Danza del III Milźnio, Teatro Due, Parma Italia, Nov 2005
• Festival Sčo José do Rio Preto, June 2006
• Festival Araraquara, Sept 2006
• Awarded grant from FUNARTE/ PETROBRAS to tour Southern Brazil in May of 2007 Maringá, Campo Mourčo, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Caxias do Sul, Ponta Grossa.
• 3 SESCs in Sčo Paulo (Ribeirčo Preto, Catanduva, Santo André)
• Festival de Danća Joinville July 2007
• Festival de Teatro Recife 2007
• Festival Cena ContemporČnea Brasilia 2007
• Palco Giratório do SESC: Cities: SESCs Ceilandia, Campo Grande, Pompéia, Motra Carirí (Crato), Florianopolis, Salvador, Barra da Tijuca 2008
• Bienal de Danća de Fortaleza 2008
Airplanes & Skyscrapers; a manipulated monologue. Concept, Text & Performance by Ricky Seabra. Directed by Andrea Jabor. produced in residency at KC NONA Theatre, Mechelen, Belgium.
• Premiere September 11th 2002. Other dates:
• November 2002, Gasthuis Theater, Amsterdam.
• Febrary 2003, Gasthuis Theater, Amsterdam.
• March 2003 The New Theatermakers Series (Serie Nieuwe Theatermakers) Tour through 16 cities in Holland.
• June, Technical University of Delft, Architecture Department (Bouwkunde) Lecture Hall A
• Sept 2003, Het Theater Festival Vlaanderen, Parallel Program, Zwaarte Zaal, de Singel, Antwerp
• National Review of Live Arts, Glasglow, Scotland March, 2004
• Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal June, 2004
• Solos em Cena, Brasilia, Brazil, Nov, 2004
• Instituto Cultural Itau, Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 23, 2005
• Instituto Cultural Telemar, Rio de Janeiro, Sept 16-18, 2005
• Menagerie de Verre, Desacostumados Festival, Paris, November, 2005
• Festival de Araraquara, Sept 2007
• Caixa Econômica de Brasilia Feb 2008 (double bill with Empire under the name of Diptych: two performances about post-9/11 America)
• KaaiTheater Bruxelas (double-bill with Empire)
• Brakke Gronde Amsterdam (double-bill with Empire
Stories of Exile (Verhaaltjes over Verplaatsing) 30 minute monologue about moving abroad commissioned by the Brakke Gronde for the Flemish Theater Festival.
> Premiered Sept 10, 2003 at the Flemish Theater Festival at the Brakke Gronde Theater in Amsterdam.
> March 13, 2004: Part of Goodbye Stranger, Cluster #2 Event at De Singel, Antwerp, Belgium. Produced by Villanella. An event which bought together stories, music, debates and lectures about integration and assimilation of immigrants.
From Sand to Sea, (De Areia e Mar) a fusion of contemporary dance and fine art for stage co-directed, co-produced and performed with choreographer Andrea Jabor.
> Premiere October 1997, Brazil in Caracas Festival, Venezuela.
> Festival Temporadas Populares, Brasilia, February 1998,
> Theatre Festival of Curitiba, March 1998,
> Universidade do Professor, Faxinal do Céu, Paraná. July 1998,
> Brazil in Merida Festival, Merida, Venezuela, September 1999
> Cacilda Becker Theatre, Rio de Janeiro, October 1999 (two week run)
> FILO 2000, Festival Internacional de Londrina, Brazil, April 2000
> Millennium Moves, Internationale Tanzemesse NRW, Essen, June 2000
Zero Gravity Arts Consortium, member of a group of international artists preparing to execute various art works and performances in a parabolic flight (zero-gravity simulator) 2005 over Greece or Florida in a K-125. My performance involves sending Olympic divers into zero-gravity in a project called Bodies of Water.
Have You Ever Flown on a Day Like This? choreography Ricky Seabra & Andrea Jabor, Dans Werkplaats Amsterdam 1997
House of Niemeyer, choreography Ricky Seabra & Andrea Jabor, various performances at the Jogo de Cena Night of Experimental Theatre, Brasilia, 1992
Airborne, solo dance piece, choreography Ricky Seabra, Athos Bulcčo Gallery of the National Theatre of Brasilia, 1991
Conferences & Interviews
Wrote a 38 page mapping of the Brazilian Theater scene commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Culture via the SICA (the Dutch Foundation for International Cultural Activities). The document will serve as a guide for future Dutch Cultural entities to engage in planned cultural exchanges with Brazil. To be posted online in 2009.
Speaker at Ciclo de Confluencias in Belo Horizonte.
Co-mentored 11 week workshop “Renting the Shade of a Tree” with Dirk Verstockt at DasArts Amsterdam for 9 students in advanced studies in Performing Arts. http://www.dasarts.nl/html/index.php?pageid=250
Design Workshop for Interior Design Students, Excercising your Inner Visionary, combining visions for space architecture and urban development of shantytowns.
Workshop for people aspiring to make theater: Exploring non-conventional talents for theatermaking. workshop given while on tour.
Speaker at Art in Science Symposium at the Fiocruz in Rio de Janeiro. Talked about the History of Art in Space in a live simulated live transmission from the International Space Station.
Speaker at Proeflokaal 7 an event organized by Het Lokaal voor Spannende Zaken that brought together 18 artists from Holland to discuss the massacre of Srebenica. Participants included: xxx Rotterdamse Schouwburg, April 7, 2004
Speaker at the ACONVENTION, the inspiration for which lies in the antics surrounding the Nova Convention, a temporary forum for discussion and performance that happened over a weekend in New York City in 1978. Talk about Lunar Architecture and the ISADORA Module. Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, October 11-13, 2002.
Participants included Uri Geller, Pete Wylie, Shoe Taylor, Chloe Poems, Stewart Home, Adrian Challis, Tom McCarthy, the spirit of William Buroughs and others.
Alternative Space Conference, on alternative, provocative and unusual uses of outer space, July 15, 2002, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam, NL.
International Necronautical Society Residency at the Austrian Cultural Institute, participant interviewee in a forum about "death as a type of space", London, 2001
Other particpants included: Shane Brighton, Simon Critchley, Rod Dickinson, Alistair Gentry, Nandita Ghose, Margarita Gluzberg, Sally Hampson, Stewart Home, Rut Blees Luxemberg, Melissa McCarthy, Luke McKeown, Momentary Fusion, Simon Critchley, Matt Parker, Paul Perry, Will Self, Mark Aerial Waller. Read interview: http://www.necronauts.org
"A Moon with a View", Interviewed for SPACE.com about 5 Guidelines for Lunar Construction, April 2000 Read interview: http://www.space.com/news/moonbase_000423.html
"Can Art Break Science's Monopoly Grip on Space?" Interviewed for SPACE.com about the ISADORA Module, April 2000
Read interview: http://www.space.com/news/spacestation/iss_isadora_000423.html
Other Presentations of The ISADORA Module Project have been made at:
• The International Astronautical Federation conference, Session T.1. Overview of Space Stations, Toulouse, France, October 2001
• Mediamatic Salon@BABY, Amsterdam
• Space Technologies Applications International Forum (STAIF 2000), Albuquerque New Mexico, February 2000
• Cultural Perspectives in Space, Leonardo Space and the Arts Workshop, OLATS, Paris, March 1999
• Life in Space, Leonardo Space and the Arts Workshop, OLATS, Paris, March 2000
Collaborated with BEOS a subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler Aerospace in a market survey for cultural utilization of the International Space Station, Bremen, Germany, 2000
"5 Guidelines for Lunar Construction", Abstract accepted for International Astronautical Federation conference, Rio de Janeiro, 2000
Read abstract: http://www.rickyseabra.com/mooncities.html
"Tranquillity & Alto Canaveral; a Twin-City Lunar Project", presented lecture and guided workshop on lunar-base architecture for the AEGEE (Association des Etats Generaux des Etudiants de l'Europe) at their Building on the Moon - Space-Tech 1999 Conference at the Technical University of Delft. Other lecturers included Rudy Meiner of ESA, Daan de Hoop of the Dutch Space Agency and astronaut Wubbo Ockels. February 1999
"Building on the Moon" (Bouwen op de Maan) Interviewed for Dutch Television Program "NOVA" together with Chriet Titulaer and Wubbo Ockels, March 1999
Zero Gravity Workshop London, presented an art/athletics proposal for parabolic flight and a project for a performance on the ISS, November 2000
Jô Soares Talk Show, Interview & presentation of performance De Areia e Mar with Andrea Jabor, 15 million television viewers, Brazil, April 1998
See images of interview: http://www.rickyseabra.com/josoares.html
Crafting Space, SMART Space Project, Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam. Currently exhibiting a panel about The ISADORA Module. Group show involving 24 artists showing works about art in space. June 2 - July 7, 2002.
Ceci n'est Pas Mon Soleil, an exhibit made in collaboration with the European Space Agency combining art and solar science. Exhibit locations:
Salle Gaveau, Paris, April 2001
ESTEC, Noordwijk September 2001
"Science or Fiction, Impressions of Space", Space Expo, Noordwijk, December 2001 - January 2002
Seven Hills Millennium Exhibit at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Part of the Berliner Festspiele, Wrote article "The Poetic Potential of Space" as part of Exhibit Catalogue, Berlin, 2000
Read article at: http://www.rickyseabra.com/poeticpotential.html
III Barro de America Roberto Guevara (Land Art Biennial), Performed an installation version of De Areia e Mar (From Sand to Sea) with Andrea Jabor in the Experimental Room of the Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, 1999
Ecofest at the Theatre for the New City, two proposals for site specific installations of "The Hallelujah Towers" in the Brazilian Central Plains, New York City, 1992
The Fine Arts Salon of Brasilia, Acquisition prize awarded for "Contrary Forces" 122cm x 152cm. silver leaf and resin on wood acquired by The Art Museum of Brasilia, 1991
The Museum of Contemporary Art "25 Artists from Brasilia", Goiania, 1991
The Art Museum of Brasilia "30 Years of Art in Brasilia", 1990
Itaú Gallery "Airplanes Forever", Solo exhibit in Brasilia and Goiania, 1990
National Book Institute "Airplanes" Solo exhibit in Brasilia, 1989
Design, Moving Image and Creative Consultancy
Abandon All Hope, by David Lakein. A structured improv with dancers and musicians. Performed live on stage as a set designer/space manipulator. M.A.D. (Music And Dance Improvisation Night) at Muiderpoort Theatre, Amsterdam, April 2002
Monsoon, artistic director Rajesh Mehta, Working as creative consultant and performing sand art on stage, Melkweg Amsterdam
Com(e)post choreography Donald Fleming, Designed and wrote projections of phrases in dance piece about ethical issues and consequences of gene research, Toured 12 cities in Holland.
Puerto Cabello version of De Areia e Mar (From Sand to Sea), Collaborated with the video group UCV 0:24 of the Universidad Central de Caracas in the direction and production of a site-specific version of De Areia e Mar (From Sand to Sea) on Puerto Cabello beach, Venezuela, 1999
Miramax Films Part of creative team. Designed posters and promotional material for such movies as Pulp Fiction, The Piano, The House of the Spirits and Pret-a-Porter, New York City, 1993-94
Indika NYC Part of creative team. Designed posters and promotional material for such movies as Exotica, Unzipped, Restoration, Blue in the Face and others, New York City, 1994-96
Tamanduá Sam Multi-media musical by Hamilton Vaz Pereira staged in two Brazilian cities, co-directed video segment with Ricardo Nauemberg, 1992 > > > view one video
A Culpa é da Mče, A musical comedy for stage. Set designer, Brasilia, 1991
Sonnets from the Pork 'n' Cheese, Winner of Paul G. Youngson award for Most Outstanding 16mm Animated Comedy, New School for Social Research Animation Festival, New York City 1986
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