© Joe Albrecht

Choreography | Direction: Rosana Ribeiro

Production: Maria Albergaria
Performance: Melissa Ugolini, Rosana Ribeiro

Sound Design: Danny Rico

Costume: Heike Sehmsdorf

Light Design: Nuno Meira

Duration: 25’ (estimated final production: 55’)
Age Rating: 12 and over

In the deep, dense, vibrant and illuminated city women rear their offspring within 4 walls. In the jungle, the pack protects its cubs and responsibility is shared among all.
Two performers question the woman’s role in a society that fights for equality but sees emotionality as a weakness. Selva takes us on a journey of multiple lives by following the encounters of archetypal Women: the Young, the Mother and the Wise. They hunt and long for a balance between creation and destruction, sweetness and anger, sensuality and power.

The book Women who run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, analyses a woman’s connection to her most profound, instinctive and intuitive Being, the Wild Woman, and observes the similarities between woman and she-wolf:

“Healthy wolves and healthy women share certain psychic characteristics: keen sensing, playful spirit, and a heightened capacity for devotion. Wolves and women are relational by nature, inquiring, possessed of great endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, intensely concerned with their young, their mates, and their pack. They are experienced in adapting to constantly changing circumstances; they are fiercely stalwart and very brave.”

In Selva we experience an encounter of archetypal Women and their emotions, raising topics such as “what kind of woman am I?”, “what kind were my mother, my grandmother?”, “who are my ancestors?”
Selva, meaning Jungle, is an analogy to the urban chaos and the complexity of integrating the parent-woman into society. This original dramaturgy was created by the performers. It’s a story of reflection and investigation of the woman’s and, specifically, the mother’s position, representation and image within contemporary society, as well as how these have evolved with each of our ancestors.