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© José Caldeira

Brother is a creation for seven performers and establishes a complementarity relation with Marco da Silva Ferreira’s previous work; Hu(r)mano. Both performances focus on the dance that exists in a group context. However, they detach form each other in their temporal references and composition process. Brother asks the question: Why do we dance together?

In Brother Marco da Silva Ferreira looks for a common ancestrality and researches affinity and similarity points which survived generational transfer and are still reminiscent in the body and in contemporary dance. From ancestral patterns to street dance, Marco da Silva Ferreira explores the roots of togetherness through movements. An explosion of colours and energy. Brother is choreographed by a constant mimicry between the performers that generate group movements and behaviours. Non-verbal vocabulary appears and over time it becomes regenerated and transformed by the individual commitment or onlooker manifestations. At the macro-scale it is a thought about heritage, memory, codes, learning and transmission processes.

Brother also literally means “brother”: an attempt of a common pump, a feeling of belonging and affection, an echo of an outside force, and indeed an assumed fragility because of the finitude and statement of loss. An overnight stay for this place, which is done by doing.

Sweat washes the yellow-white make-up off their faces - open mouths resemble the tragicomic grins of clowns. Pumping up their muscles, they krump, vogue and box like warriors. All reinforce the tribal feel. The soundscape likewise evolves from loose thumps to kettle percussion on oil drums.
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Artistic direction and choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Artistic direction assistance: Mara Andrade
Performers: Anaísa Lopes, André Cabral, Cristina Planas Leitão, Duarte Valadares, Filipe Caldeira, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Max Makowski
Technical direction and light design: Wilma Moutinho
Music (live act): Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins
Executive production: Joana Costa Santos
Production: Pensamento Avulso, associação de artes performativas
Coproduction: São Luiz Teatro Municipal (PT); Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT); Centre Chorégraphique National de Rillieux-la-Pape / Direction Yuval Pick (FR)
Residencies: Centro Cultural Vila Flor, O Espaço do Tempo, Quinta do Rio
Support: República Portuguesa – Cultura I DGArtes – Direção-Geral das Artes and aerowaves – dance across europeu (Marco da Silva Ferreira is an Aerowaves Twenty18 Artist)
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
19.01.2023BrotherNiort (fr)Le Moulin Du Roc
17.01.2023BrotherAngers (fr)Cndc Angers
13.01.2023BrotherClermont-Ferrand (fr)La Comédie de Clermont
12.01.2023BrotherClermont-Ferrand (fr)La Comédie de Clermont
11.01.2023BrotherClermont-Ferrand (fr)La Comédie de Clermont
05.05.2022BrotherBordeaux (fr)La Manufacture CDCN
07.04.2022BrotherBesançon (fr)Les 2 scènes - Scène nationale de Besançon
06.04.2022BrotherBesançon (fr)Les 2 scènes - Scène nationale de Besançon
05.04.2022BrotherBesançon (fr)Les 2 scènes - Scène nationale de Besançon
01.04.2022BrotherLa Rochelle (fr)La Coursive
31.03.2022BrotherLa Rochelle (fr)La Coursive
13.10.2021BrotherCaen (fr)CCN de Caen / Basse-Normandië
12.10.2021BrotherCaen (fr)CCN de Caen / Basse-Normandië
12.07.2021BrotherChoisy-le-Roi (fr)Théâtre Paul Eluard
03.06.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Bordeaux (fr)La Manufacture CDCN
01.06.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Arras/Douai (fr)TANDEM scène nationale Arras-Douai
07.04.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Arras/Douai (fr)TANDEM scène nationale Arras-Douai
02.04.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Limoges (fr)Centres culturels de Limoges
10.03.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Besançon (fr)Les 2 scènes - Scène nationale de Besançon
09.03.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Besançon (fr)Les 2 scènes - Scène nationale de Besançon
26.02.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Bordeaux (fr)La Manufacture CDCN
23.02.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Avignon (fr)CDC Les Hivernales
11.02.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Le Mans (fr)Les Quinconces - L'espal
10.02.2021Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Le Mans (fr)Les Quinconces - L'espal
10.12.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)La Rochelle (fr)La Coursive
09.12.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)La Rochelle (fr)La Coursive
06.11.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Choisy-le-Roi (fr)Théâtre Paul Eluard
27.05.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Caen (fr)CCN de Caen / Basse-Normandië
26.05.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Caen (fr)CCN de Caen / Basse-Normandië
17.05.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Potsdam (de)Fabrik Potsdam
16.05.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Potsdam (de)Fabrik Potsdam
14.05.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Madrid (es)Teatros del Canal
13.05.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Madrid (es)Teatros del Canal
30.04.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Sénart (fr)Théâtre-Sénart, scène nationale
29.04.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Sénart (fr)Théâtre-Sénart, scène nationale
28.04.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Sénart (fr)Théâtre-Sénart, scène nationale
24.04.2020Brother  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Vitry-sur-Seine (fr)Théâtre Jean Vilar
12.02.2020BrotherLiège (be)Théâtre de Liège
22.01.2020BrotherArlon (be)Maison de la Culture  
17.01.2020BrotherNantes (fr)Le Grand T
16.01.2020BrotherNantes (fr)Le Grand T
09.01.2020BrotherAuch (fr)Pôle National Cirque
07.01.2020BrotherSaint-Junien (fr)La Mégisserie
29.11.2019BrotherBergerac (fr)Melkior Théâtre/La gare mondiale
27.11.2019BrotherBourges (fr)Maison de la culture - scène nationale
26.11.2019BrotherBourges (fr)Maison de la culture - scène nationale
16.11.2019BrotherTorres Novas (pt)Teatro Virginia
12.11.2019BrotherChalon-sur-Saône (fr)Espace des Arts
16.10.2019BrotherMontpellier (fr)ICI - CCN - Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée
15.10.2019BrotherMontpellier (fr)ICI - CCN - Occitanie / Pyrénées Méditerranée
11.10.2019BrotherReims (fr)Le Manège de Reims
10.10.2019BrotherReims (fr)Le Manège de Reims
06.07.2019BrotherAmsterdam (nl)Julidans
30.06.2019BrotherAthens (gr)Hellenic Festival
29.06.2019BrotherAthens (gr)Hellenic Festival
29.05.2019BrotherCorsica (fr)Théâtre Municipal de Bastia
24.05.2019BrotherOvar (pt)Centro de Arte
21.05.2019BrotherTurin (it)Festival Interplay - Mosaico Danza
18.04.2019BrotherSaint-Ouen (fr)Espace 1789
17.04.2019BrotherSaint-Ouen (fr)Espace 1789
29.03.2019BrotherParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville
28.03.2019BrotherParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville
27.03.2019BrotherParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville
26.03.2019BrotherParis (fr)Théâtre de la Ville
23.03.2019BrotherMarseille (fr)KLAP
21.03.2019BrotherStrasbourg (fr)POLE-SUD
18.03.2019BrotherPau (fr)Espaces Pluriels
08.10.2018BrotherLuxembourg (lu)Centre Culturel Mamer
22.09.2018BrotherLyon (fr)La Biennale de la danse
21.09.2018BrotherLyon (fr)La Biennale de la danse
19.09.2018BrotherSaint-Brieuc (fr)La Passerelle
18.09.2018BrotherSaint-Brieuc (fr)La Passerelle
16.06.2018BrotherOslo (no)Dansens Hus
15.06.2018BrotherOslo (no)Dansens Hus
25.05.2018BrotherLoulé (pt)Cine-Teatro Louletano
27.04.2018BrotherPorto (pt)Teatro Municipal do Porto
26.04.2018BrotherPorto (pt)Teatro Municipal do Porto
25.03.2018BrotherElefsina (gr)Aerowaves Spring Forward
17.03.2018BrotherBrest (fr)Le Quartz
03.02.2018BrotherÍlhavo (pt)Casa da Cultura
11.10.2017BrotherCharleroi (be)Charleroi danse
23.09.2017BrotherMinde (pt)Festival Materiais Diversos
16.06.2017BrotherÉvora (pt)Festival Lá Fora
09.06.2017BrotherMontemor-o-Novo (pt)PT.17
13.05.2017BrotherParis (fr)Théâtre des Abbesses
25.03.2017BrotherLisbon (pt)São Luiz Teatro Municipal
24.03.2017BrotherLisbon (pt)São Luiz Teatro Municipal
21.01.2017BrotherPorto (pt)Teatro Municipal do Porto