Art Happens

Terra Cobre (new)

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Terra Cobre is a new creation commissioned by BoCA to Marco da Silva Ferreira, a choreographer and dancer and João Pais Filipe, a musician and sculptor. Originating from the village of Alcáçovas in Alentejo, this work intersects traditional cowbell art with contemporary artistic practices rooted in percussion and dance.

Cowbells were declared an Urgent Safeguarding Need by UNESCO in 2015, and in Terra Cobre, the artists challenge traditional Portuguese iconography and symbolism, placing it in an exploratory and sensory context.

The work consists of a sculptural and sonic installation, visitable in a designated space, and a 50-minute performance by Marco and João taking place at the beginning or ending of the installation. The installation serves as a backdrop for the performance, contributing to the atmospheric and performative narrative.

Marco and João, who both perform in C A R C A Ç A, explore concepts of identity, culture, and society, reinterpreting ancient cultural heritage and challenging established conventions. They use cowbell materials to create a sculptural, sonic, and physical composition, depicting a landscape full of memories where shepherds and beasts converge.

Sound, noise and silence occupy the imagination of both artists, which, under different layers of interest and materiality, they now bring together for this new creation.

Creation: Marco da Silva Ferreira, João Pais Filipe
Technical coordination and Sound: João Monteiro
Executive production: Ana Ademar, Hugo Alves Caroça and Mafalda Bastos
Production: P-ulso and BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Co-production: Futurama and P-ulso
Artistic residency: O Espaço do Tempo
Support: Fábrica de Chocalhos Pardalinho
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
18.07.2024Terra CobreAveiro (pt)Festival dos Canais
19.07.2024Terra CobreAveiro (pt)Festival dos Canais
05.10.2024Terra CobreRotterdam (nl) Feeling Curious?/Theater Rotterdam
14.12.2024Terra CobreBruges (be)December Dance/Concertgebouw Brugge
02.06.2024Terra CobrePorto (pt)Serralves Museum
01.06.2024Terra CobrePorto (pt)Serralves Museum
14.10.2023Terra CobreLisbon (pt)Bienal BoCA / Estufa Fria de Lisboa
01.10.2023Terra CobreLisbon (pt)Bienal BoCA / Estufa Fria de Lisboa
30.09.2023Terra CobreLisbon (pt)Bienal BoCA / Estufa Fria de Lisboa
28.09.2023Terra Cobre  (premiere)Faro (pt)Bienal BoCA / Museu de Municipal