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Training > Workshop The vocal presence in dance with Henrique Furtado Vieira / O Rumo do Fumo, 2024

Workshop The vocal presence in dance

with Henrique Furtado Vieira / O Rumo do Fumo, 2024

2 to 5 July from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Stduio O Rumo do Fumo, Espaço da Penha, Lisbon/Portugal


Various vocal phenomena emanate from the dancer's body: breathing, articulated or disarticulated language, declaimed text, whispering, shouting, onomatopoeia, singing... In this workshop, the voice is not just an extension of gesture, but a dynamic dialogue with movement. The subject has a long tradition, from singers sketching a few dance steps to the integrated forms found in traditional dances, 20th century musicals or dance-theatre.

This continuing historical relationship demonstrates how naturally the body and voice can coexist and complement each other. In this workshop, through choreographic and vocal practices, we will explore the dynamic between word and movement, challenging participants to explore how movement can both confront and complement the word.

The work will be guided by the realisation of how the word can shape the body and how the body, in turn, can reconfigure language into a palpable physical experience. Each session will be an opportunity to experiment with different ways of inhabiting the intersection between dance and word, where the two mediums do not dissolve, but feed off each other and invent new modes of performative expression.


- Applications open through the form
- Price: 36€/person (limited vacancies)
Requirements: minimum age 18, open to professionals and non-professionals. English speaking participants are welcome but we require a basic understanding of the Portuguese language


Address: Travessa do Calado 26-B, Penha de França, 1170-070 Lisboa
Public transports: METRO Anjos ou Alameda / BUS 37B, 706, 718, 730, 735, 742, 797

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Henrique Furtado Vieira

Graduated in energy and environmental engineering, currently a dancer, performer and choreographer, Henrique Furtado Vieira lives in Lisbon. He carried out his artistic training in several French institutions (INSA Lyon, Extensions – CDC Toulouse, Prototype II and Dialogues III – Royaumont abbey). He develops his artistic practice mainly between choreographic creation and collaboration as a performer with various artists such as Bleuène Madelaine, Eric Languet, Aurélien Richard, Céline Cartillier, Tino Sehgal, Salomé Lamas, Ana Renata Polónia, André Uerba, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, Vera Mantero, Boris Charmatz e Tania Soubry. From time to time, he dedicates himself to research, pedagogy and writing in relation to dance, in different contexts and through multiple partnerships (O Rumo do Fumo, Unlock Dancing Plaza, Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte, Colectivo 84, Comédias do Minho, GrETUA...), and more recently he has been involved as a dramaturg in the choreographies of Nicolas Hubert (Compagnie Épiderme) and Giulia Arduca (Compagnie Ke Kosa). He curated the second edition of the MATÉRIA project, together with Catarina Vieira and Josefa Pereira, organizing meetings, open to the community, on a monthly basis, to share artistic practices. His works are often created in synergy with other artists such as Bibi Ha Bibi, with Aloun Marchal, Stand still you ever-moving spheres of heaven, with Chiara Taviani, or To Die for Little Birds, with Lígia Soares.  In his shows / performances, the overlapping of styles and genres, the vocal presence in dance and the space(s) of imagination have a prominent place. He has collaborated and presented his work in institutions such as Aerowaves, CDC Toulouse, Göteborg Theater and Dance Festival, Roma Europa Festival, DNA Network, Porto Municipal Theater, Temps d’Image Festival, Espaço do Tempo, CCB, among others.