An ephemeral character such as that of live performances always confronts us with their fragile materiality. In most cases, we are left only with the memory and accounts (and some photos or video records) as a possibility for historical reconstitution. Yet, its strength and existence are undoubtedly constituted by what happens in that particular moment between the spectator and the spectacle.
The coincidence between being invited by the Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (BCN) to create a piece for the company and its 20th anniversary seemed to me the appropriate time for a retrospective exercise. As if looking at the past we could suspend for some moments an uncertain present, thus making future actions possible.
Repertoire for Chairs Costumes and Extras is an attempt in composition and recreation departing from several works of the BCN repertoire, of my own work and of some fundamental authors of the history of dance, taking three thematic elements as its axis: chairs, costumes and extras.
Sound Design and Operation
Repertoire for Chairs Costumes and Extras is dedicated to Joana Botelho and Manuel Poças.
29 Abril 2016, Auditório Municipal de Gaia, DDD Dias da Dança festival, Vila Nova de Gaia/Portugal
Premiere - 10 October 2016, Cineteatro António Lamoso, Santa Maria da Feira/Portugal