the film

By the light of the dawn in Latin America’s largest city, graffiti characters come to life from walls, light poles and dumpsters, and dance interacting with São Paulo’s gray backdrop. Mixing the bolero rhythm-culture of the 50′s with the graffiti’s contemporary urbanity  -  the short film Graffiti Dança (Dancing Graffiti) transports us to an imaginary daily routine in which the coolness of São Paulo reveals poetry in the relationship between people and the major cities.

The movie frames are scattered throughout São Paulo city, which allows the film’s movement to be seen in another way or even played by people that occasionally photograph the drawings on the walls in a sequence.

Cinema, poetry, graffiti. The cultural diversity of São Paulo is exposed in this short film conceived by Rodrigo EBA! and brought to life through the street art of Coletivo Graffiti com Pipoca (Graffiti & Popcorn Collective), which has been working with graffiti and animation since 2005 along with Cavalo Marinho Audiovisual and Jeronimo Filmes co-production.

Inside the Dancing Graffiti

São Paulo

Earth’s fourth largest capital, São Paulo is Brazil’s commercial and cultural hub, often called Brazil’s heart and engine. A city with over 11 million where art pulsates both indoors and oudoors 24 hours a day). Its diversity promotes cultural activities in very unusual and innovative ways, such as the mixed atmosphere of grafitti urban art and old-fashioned and romantic bolero music.

The Song

The soundtrack for Dancing Graffiti was composed and recorded in 2012, seeking for the rhythmic structure, mood and passionate lyrics of the 1950′s Bolero.

Graffiti

Drawings on walls date back to prehistoric times, when they were used as forms of communication and expression, but this form of art only gained notoriety when used by the counterculture movement in the late 1960s, which caused authorities in many countries to treat it as vandalism and crime.

Despite the ban, or quite possibly because of it, this art language began to be used more and more frequently, either in the form of text or drawing and conquered the world.

In the 1970s, through the hip hop movement, New York became the main stage for these artistic manifestations. The gangs saw that art form as a way to undermine the violence in which they lived and express their ideologies often repressed.

Hip hop culture enters Brazil through São Paulo in the early 1980′s. Graffiti has since then gained galleries… and is now considered one of the art forms that best represent urbanity.

Stop Motion

An animation technique produced frame by frame, in use since the early days of cinema. The idea is to photograph frame by frame and modify a few characters’ expression details in each frame in order to create the illusion of movement.
 
174 graffitti drawings were photographed in the early morning throughout the streets of São Paulo in order to produce the 6-minute Dancing Graffiti. In total there are more than 2000 photographs of graffiti, stencils and collages.