RangdArt values diversity and aims to democratize art, by traveling the world training all kind of different women, their bodies and voices, into the dance-theatre-trance techniques that are part of Allegra’s research, spreading ancient knowledges and wisdoms, as the company believes that the future is ancestral.
RangdArt was formally born in 2021, but its spirit started shining out in 2018, when Allegra created the solo “The Balinese Daisies”. The name honors the Hindu Goddess Durga, a warrior who is brave enough to fight the demons away, that’s why in the Balinese (Indonesia) hinduism she is seen in her monstrous version: Rangda, which translates into widow. Rangda is considered the island big mother or auntie, the one who possesses all the witchcraft knowledge. The mythology "Calonarang" tells the story of the witch Matah Gede, who worships Durga/Rangda. Durga agrees to give Matah Gede all her shakti (power), but with the condition that she will pass it over to future generations of women and not keep it to herself.
Inspired by this story, the company invites different worldwide women, with their own backgrounds, stories, cultures and traditions, to create. At every new project, the director Allegra opens a workshop call to select a new cast.
RANGDART HAS NO PERMANENT ARTISTS, THE OBJECTIVE IS TO WORK WITH MULTIPLE WOMEN CREATORS ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS TO SPREAD THE ANCIENT AND POWERFUL TECHNIQUE THAT IS PART OF ALLEGRA’S RESEARCH INTO MOST WOMEN, BUT AS WELL LEARNING FROM THEIR DIFFERENT CULTURES AND TRADITIONS.
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR
In the year 2000, Allegra had the opportunity to celebrate her 16th birthday in Bali. During this trip, whilst watching a Balinese woman performing a Balinese traditional dance, she had a vision: she saw herself dancing over the dancer's body.
Allegra came back to Brazil very inspired by her Balinese experience and motivated to study art. She started by studying singing. Singing introduced her to the theatre, so in 2011 Allegra graduated her bachelor in acting at Centro Universitário da Cidade, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
In 2012, she crossed the ocean and internationalised herself, arriving in London, where she took a Master's Degree at East 15 Acting School. While in London, she crossed path with a director who had conections in Bali, regarding training Balinese traditional dance-theatre.
After graduating in 2014, she traveled to Bali to study for 3 weeks and got very moved by this exchange experience, so she applied for a one-year scholarship to study further the Balinese traditions in 2015. What was meant to be one year, became two and Allegra got her diploma in Balinese dance-theatre at ISI Denpasar University in 2017.
Nowadays Allegra's research took focus into the trance dances, such as the witches Rangda and Matah Gede, which in Bali are only performed by men.
In 2021 she decided to honor these forces and created her theatre company, where she mixes the ancient practices that she developed in Bali with contemporary theatre, dance and performing arts techniques.