Ruda/ Arruda is a collaboration between Aguas Dance Company and Cunamacué inspired by the Amazon River and its plant/spirit’s medicines.
“Ruda/ Arruda” are the Spanish and Portuguese words for Rue, a medicinal plant common in South America known for its protective qualities, and powers to make manifest that which is desired.
Live music, vibrant dance and song will weave these two companies that have always highlighted the music and dance of the African Diaspora of Brazil and Peru and are finally uncovering the underrepresented indigenous presence that connects the two.
The Amazon River, the largest river by discharge volume of water in the world, stretches across the northern region of South America starting in Peru and ending in Brazil or vice versa. Oxum, the Yoruba Goddess that represents sweet waters or rivers will be the main Orixa represented to bridge the healing and flow throughout the work and to the audience. The indigenous magic that unifies these two countries holds its forest and plant/ spirit’s medicines as an offering to heal the planet. “Ruda/ Arruda” centers around dance and music as healing medicine and is inspired by the properties of the plant and the waters of the Amazon River.
Ruda/Arruda is a collaboration between Aguas Da Bahia directed by Tania Santiago and Cunamacué directed by Carmen Roman. It is co-produced by Stephanie Bastos.
Cover photo of Aguas by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi