Put on your headphones and come join us in Becos, the alleys of one of Brazil’s largest favelas. This work was created by six poets from Maré and neighbouring favelas. With them you’ll discover the alleyways of opportunity open to these young people, and be guided by the music, smells, colours and joy of this community.
At one crossroad, these alleys encounter injustice. You’ll get to know the six young authors – who also play others in this story – and characters like Dona Drika (who denounces injustice using her ancestors’ powers) and her son Emmanuel. Becos is a lyrical and poetic encounter that stands up to violence and racism. It’s a work of resilience. All of these are familiar parts of everyday life for thousands of young people in Brazil’s favelas and peripheral spaces.
Becos is more than just a podcast. It’s an audio drama in four acts, brought to you by People’s Palace Projects (QMUL) and Redes da Maré, as part of the research project, Construindo Pontes/Building the Barricades which is supported by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Born and raised in the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro, MC Martina is a rapper, poet and producer who’s making her mark on Brazil’s cultural scene.
She’s the creator of Slam Laje, Complexo do Alemão’s first spoken word poetry slam, and one of the first ever to be held in a favela in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
A percussionist, actor and art educator, Rodrigo is currently part of the theatre group, Cia Marginal, and coordinator of Panderolando MARÉ, an arts education project using music in Maré’s favelas. As a musician he has played with Gilberto Gil, Thiago França, Ava Rocha and Anelis Assumpção, among others.
A graduate in Dance from Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Thais is an actor, photographer, poet and the creator and performer of the show, Memórias de Uma Maré Cheia. She is also a member of the photography programme Imagens do Povo, focusing her studies on black culture in her various fields of work, extolling the figure of the black woman and our ancestral constructions of African roots.
Born and raised in Maré’s Rubens Vaz favela in Rio de Janeiro, Matheus is a poet and writer. He is the author of the zine “A Reza” (2017), the book “Maré cheia” (2018) and the creator of the Maré Cheia slam, active in Maré’s set of favelas. He loves basketball, hip-hop culture and video games.
Thainá is Iná, a spiritual artist, audiovisual narrator and has studied dance since she was eight. She was born in the Parque União favela in Maré. She studied at the Escola Livre de Artes da Maré and graduated in Dance Theory at Rio de Janeiro Federal University. She also curates content for the online plataform Performídia.
A singer, composer and instrumentalist from Rio, Panta has been working with music for 6 years playing in bands, accompanying musicians, recording in studio and teaching. He is studying music at UniRio and currently works with the artist Victor Mus, and the projects Sarau da LiRa and Banda Gente.
A composer, singer and producer from Rio who has had his songs recorded by Gal Costa, Ney Matogrosso and Roberta Sá. He has co-produced with Jorge Mautner, Moreno Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Adriana Calcanhotto with whom he still performs.
In his solo career he released the album “Pirâmide”, recorded in a cabin in the forest and his studio album “Pedra”. Rafael is Becos’ musical director and is the author of the album “Satélite” inspired by this work.
Artistic director of the independent theatre company Dirty Protest Theatre in Wales. Catherine directed a version of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in Portuguese for the Belo Horizonte Shakespeare Forum in 2016, at the invitation of People’s Palace Projects.
Along with Paul Heritage, she led writing workshops with the six poets from Maré and neighbouring favelas, the basis for creating Becos.
Professor of Drama and Performance at Queen Mary University, London (QMUL), Paul is the artistic director of People’s Palace Projects. For three decades he has been promoting art, performance and research for social transformation in prisons, favelas and indigenous territories.
With Catherine Paskell, Paul led writing workshops with the six poets from Maré during the pandemic that resulted in the artistic production of Becos.
Rodrigo Campello at MiniStereo Estúdio