Àràká is a platform for research, creation and production in the arts founded by the actress, performer, graphic designer and researcher Laís Machado, and theatrical director, writer, musician, composer and researcher Diego Pinheiro, artists performing at the scene of the Soteropolitan performing arts since 2010 The platform arises from the need to carry out two investigations, led by its founders. The researches relate to the Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Latin and African matrix, correlating them with the contemporary artistic and technological tendencies. Above all, these researches seek to think, and to focus, contemporary black art and its decolonial ethos.
Áràká is thus configured as a multi-artistic space, combining performance, theater, music, visual arts, audiovisual, new media and literature. It seeks to promote multidisciplinary artistic creations, exchanges and artistic residencies with black and black creators, national and international. The connections, from these actions, become one of the great characteristics of the platform: the conception of networks between these creators, of the diaspora and of Africa.
Àràká is a word of the yorùbá language which means "one who expands" or "one who illuminates himself". The name is also associated with divinity Òṣùmàrè.
the body expands