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Musical procession with Helder Vasconcelos ends artistic residency at Parque das Dunas this Saturday (26)

Program also features a presentation by artists from Burkina Faso

After two weeks of workshops, lectures and artistic exchanges, at Parque das Dunas, the international residency “Dunas – Territories of collaborative creation” comes to an end. To celebrate this moment, and also the 20 years of construction of the sculpture Mother Earth House, a musical procession will be held Saturday, the 26th, starting at 2:30 pm, through the park with Helder Vasconcelos, actor, dancer, and one of the trainers of the musical group of Pernambuco, Mestre Ambrósio.

Then, at 4 pm, in the amphitheater of the park, the show Burkina Brasil – a meeting in music and story with Konomba Traoré, François Moïse Bamba, Laura Tamiana (Ba-kô Burkina Brasil) and invited artists will be presented. During the show, the audience is invited to travel through the sound universe of balafon and other instruments of this African country, and the traditional tales, which are the great school of life there. All in dialogue with Brazil.

The artistic residency “Dunas – Territories of collaborative creation” is a project presented by the Ministry of Culture through the Federal Law of Incentive to Culture sponsored by Ticket Log and Edenred Brasil. It is supported by the Government of RN, Idema, Parque das Dunas, José Augusto Foundation, Ba-kô Burkina Brasil, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Ágora Institute,  Department of Arts of UFRN (DEART), Department of Communications of UFRN, and Dean Office of Extension of UFRN (PROEX).


Installed two decades ago, in the heart of Parque das Dunas, the sculpture, “Mother Earth House”, was conceived by Maurício Panella, inspired by the indigenous traditions and adobe houses of Brazil and West Africa. The work was created in celebration of the arrival of the French thinker Edgard Morin to Brazil, at the invitation of the Complexity Study Group (UFRN), of which Panella was a researcher. The inauguration was held on October 12, 2003.

The construction process was collaborative. Initially erected with rods, the structure came to life with the addition of clay, shaped not only by Maurício Panella, but also by people going to Parque das Dunas. As a final touch, Mother Earth House was coated with a mosaic of tiles, transforming it into a complete figure, almost like a skin that surrounds its essence.


Closure of Dunas Residence and Celebration of 20 years of Mother Earth House
August 26, starting at 2:30 pm, at Parque das Dunas
Access to the Park: R$1.00