DANCE — From the apparent calmness comes a revolution, from the beast comes a caress.
João Fiadeiro, Vera Mantero, Paulo Ribeiro, Clara Andermatt and Francisco Camacho (among others) paved the way for contemporary dance in Portugal. But now a new generation has arrived. With Hu(r)mano, a mix of urban and contemporary dance, Marco da Silva Ferreira was nominated in 2015 as Portugal’s best young creator. Now as artist in residence at the Théàtre de Porto – run by choreographer Tiago Guedes – he questions the inner and sensitive “me” of each in his choreography Bisonte.
The figures are rugged, emotional cyborgs, incapable of simply existing. Their touch is sensitive, their sense of smell is clear, their sight is eagle-eyed. We all cry and fear, we all desire and love, we all try to fit in, shielded by isolating armours, but we end up trapped in a box that defines us. Which sensitivity do I devise today? What is the extent of intimacy? What do I intend to show if I hardly know myself?
Bisonte is a ring of hysteria and melancholy where life is a waltz and dance is there for the taking – and it takes everyone to tango. A persistent pulse sets the pace beneath the echoes of melodies from what is hidden within us. Gender is faded, making room for a gritty, vulnerable and beautiful existence.
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Artistic direction & choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Dancers: Anaísa Lopes, André Cabral, Duarte Valadares, Eríca Santos, Leonor Ramos, Marco da Silva Ferreira
Assistant artistic director: Pietro Romani
Technical direction and light design: Wilma Moutinho
Sound design: Rui Lima, Sérgio Martins
Musical direction: Marco da Silva Ferreira, Rui Lima, Sérgio Martins
Stage design: Fernando Ribeiro
Costumes: João Rôla
Production: Pensamento Avulso – Associação de Artes Performativas
Executive production: Joana Costa Santos
Coproduced by: Charleroi danse, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Théâtre de la Ville à Paris, São Luiz Teatro Municipal
Artistic residencies: Charleroi danse, Teatro Municipal do Porto, O Espaço do Tempo, Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, La Place de la Danse – Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National Toulouse – Occitane
Supported by: Direção Geral das Artes