Dear Artists,

As a result of the control measures essential to contain the expansion of COVID-19, we inform that the Verbo 2020 selection process is suspended and that the event scheduled to take place at Vermelho [São Paulo], and at Chão SLZ [São Luis], at the beginning of July 2020, is canceled.

Although Verbo 2020 is still a few months away, it seems obvious that after experiencing the impact generated by the pandemic, we will not be able to present a new edition that does not take into account everything that has been happening on the planet.

Performance has always challenged the limits of art by questioning dominant systems, social, race and gender inequalities, exposing, according to James Baldwin the questions that the answers have hidden. This characteristic of Performance has permeated all editions of Verbo since its first edition in 2005.

With all that we have been experiencing in the last few weeks, it does not seem right to continue a process that was not designed for the post-pandemic world. In this moment of uncertainty, we cannot say that in July we will have recovered from the crisis caused by the pandemic and whether we will be able to meet again as in past Verbo editions.

Anyway, we are developing a new format for the 16th edition to take place still in 2020. In due time, all of you will be informed about this new platform.

We wish everyone health, energy, tranquility and courage to face the challenges that time will demand of us!!!

Marcos Gallon
Verbo Mostra de Performance Arte