Brazil Pavilion breaks visitor record at Itaipu's debut
Expo 2020 Dubai ends on March 31, and the event reached a relevant milestone this Sunday (20): it registered 20 million visitors received since the beginning of the event, on October 1, 2021. The record number allowed the 192 participating pavilions also recorded unprecedented figures and the Brazil Pavilion was no different: 32,000 visitors were received on Sunday (20). And whoever was at the Brazil Pavilion this Sunday was awarded with the premiere of the Itaipu Binacional exhibition, which included the ballet “A Lenda das Cataratas”, by Cia. Quasar de Dança and Cia K, which was the highlight of the day.
The dancers dance on the water surface of the Pavilhão Brasil, to the sound of a soundtrack composed by Magda Pucci, with video projections prepared by VJ Spetto and choreography by Henrique Rodovalho. The public filled the Brazil Pavilion to watch the story of Naipi and Tarobá, which will be performed twice a night (at 7:00 pm and 8:50 pm) until the event ends on March 31.
Throughout Sunday (20), there was also great movement in other areas of the Brazil Pavilion. Upon arrival, visitors passed an installation that refers to the flying rivers, which is what the connection between Brazilian biomes through rain is called. There, they received an explanation on how this connection is made through water. Then, through a totem, people are welcomed with general information about Itaipu and Foz do Iguaçu.
Visitors were also invited to download an application that provides various information, news, an exhibition guide, and a QR code section that allows users to project Atlantic Forest fauna in areas of the pavilion with their cell phone. It is also possible to plant a tree, contributing to the carbon offset of each visitor.
The exhibition even has instagrammable booths (inside them, people seem to be under water). With virtual reality glasses, it is possible to virtually visit Itaipu, the reservoir and better understand hydroelectric generation. A vertical garden offers a sample of native essences from the Atlantic Forest. It is even possible to smell the medicinal plants typical of the region.
On the second floor, Sala Igarapé has tables with touch screens, where you can browse Itaipu's history and actions, and sustainability content. Next, there is a 360º immersive room showing the water cycle and its relationship with energy generation at Itaipu. Afterwards, the visitor goes through a gallery where he gets to know testimonials from people from the region (Vozes do Território), the use of data in the sustainable management of the territory (Núcleo de Inteligência Territorial – NIT) and Itaipu actions related to the Sustainable Development Goals of the Agenda 2030. The script ends with Science in the Sphere, addressing Itaipu's climate actions.