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From the apparent calmness comes a revolution, from the beast comes a caress. The figures in Bisonte 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?

Marco da Silva Ferreira created Bisonte as artist in residence at Teatro Municiapal do Porto – then run by choreographer Tiago Guedes. In the performance he questions the inner and sensitive “me”. The dancers try to be part of a group, without losing their own identity and without being put in a defining box. Like the bison, they have a rough exterior to shield themselves from the outside world, but they are vulnerable on the inside. Bisonte is a personal attempt to come to one’s own vulnerable core. Da Silva Ferreira identifies a certain hyper-masculine attitude among young people in the big cities. At the same time, an important part of the current generation identifies itself as feminist and queer. What do we see today as masculine? What do we see as feminine? What does that say about the way we think about the body, gender and power?

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.

Artistic direction and choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Dancers: Anaísa Lopes, André Cabral, Duarte Valadares, Eríc 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 and Marco da Silva Ferreira

Production direction: Mafalda Bastos

Producer: Pensamento Avulso – Associação de Artes Performativas
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
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
02.10.2024BisonteStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
03.10.2024BisonteStockholm (se)Dansens Hus
20.03.2024BisonteBudapest (hu)Trafo
19.03.2024BisonteBudapest (hu)Trafo
04.11.2023BisonteSanta Maria de Feira (pt)Cineteatro António Lamoso
07.10.2023BisonteWarsaw (pl)C/U Festival
06.10.2023BisonteWarsaw (pl)C/U Festival
11.05.2023BisonteVilnius (lt)New Baltic Dance
10.05.2023BisonteVilnius (lt)New Baltic Dance
09.05.2023BisonteVilnius (lt)New Baltic Dance
05.02.2023BisonteEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
04.02.2023BisonteEssen (de)PACT Zollverein
27.09.2022BisonteRotterdam (nl)Theater Rotterdam
05.06.2022BisontePlovdiv (bg)One Dance Week
22.01.2022BisonteSaint-Brieuc (fr)La Passerelle
19.01.2022BisonteChoisy-le-Roi (fr)Théâtre Cinéma
30.11.2021BisonteArras/Douai (fr)TANDEM scène nationale Arras-Douai
26.11.2021BisonteVitry-sur-Seine (fr)Théâtre Jean Vilar
24.11.2021BisonteSaint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (fr)Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
23.11.2021BisonteSaint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (fr)Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
03.11.2021BisonteLeipzig (de)Euro-scene
30.10.2021BisontePotsdam (de)Fabrik Potsdam
29.10.2021BisontePotsdam (de)Fabrik Potsdam
09.04.2021Bisonte  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Arras/Douai (fr)TANDEM scène nationale Arras-Douai
27.03.2021Bisonte  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Marseille (fr)KLAP
24.03.2021Bisonte  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Strasbourg (fr)POLE-SUD
23.03.2021Bisonte  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Strasbourg (fr)POLE-SUD
01.12.2020Bisonte  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Arles (fr)Théâtre d'Arles
07.03.2020BisonteParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville/Théâtre des Abbesses
06.03.2020BisonteParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville/Théâtre des Abbesses
05.03.2020BisonteParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville/Théâtre des Abbesses
04.03.2020BisonteParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville/Théâtre des Abbesses
07.02.2020BisonteLyon (fr)Les Subsistances
06.02.2020BisonteLyon (fr)Les Subsistances
05.02.2020BisonteLyon (fr)Les Subsistances
30.01.2020BisonteToulouse (fr)La Place de la Danse
08.10.2019Bisonte  (En coréalisation avec FAB 2019)Bordeaux (fr)La Manufacture CDCN
06.06.2019BisonteMontemor-o-Novo (pt)PT.19
06.04.2019BisonteLisbon (pt)São Luiz Teatro Municipal
05.04.2019BisonteLisbon (pt)São Luiz Teatro Municipal
15.03.2019BisonteBrussels (be)Charleroi Danse/La Raffinerie
12.01.2019BisontePorto (pt)Teatro Municipal do Porto
11.01.2019BisontePorto (pt)Teatro Municipal do Porto