Eating your heart out is the title of the work which represented Portugal at the 26th São Paulo Biennial, in 2004. This unique, unseen piece, especially produced for this specific occasion, space and location, was co-devised and created by sculptor Rui Chafes and dancer/choreographer Vera Mantero. In 2015, both artists recreated the piece without its original sculpture. Vera Mantero, in resemblance to the previous collaboration, performed in a tree of the canopy tour of Parque do Convento in Fundão, giving a new name and meaning to the piece: Eating your Heart out on the Trees. Its development, lies now, with the creation of a new sculpture by Rui Chafes, a "sculpture-chair", specifically for suspension in large sized trees.
"A body that leaves the floor behind, a body that does not need the floor, is one of dance's greatest utopias. A sculpture that exists in the air, like a voice or a silence, is one of the utopias of sculpture.
The first investment of Eating your heart out is the abandonment of the floor, the vertigo of ascension, underlined by its placement within the Biennial's building, a space where a large ramp spirals, connecting the various floors, enabling the viewer to observe the piece from different heights. (...) This idea of ascension associates with dreams of flight and voyage. By embracing the idea of flight, images of nests and hot-air balloons can be conjured. (...) The event of Eating your heart out is the body of Vera Mantero, drawn, installed, choreographed, seen, alive, and hanging from one of the spheres. This is the body that brings meaning to everything. The body is the happening by which all things happen. The miraculous body of Vera Mantero frees itself from the floor, animated by drawings that redesign it, and continues the search for its place, an extraordinary place, out of the reach of all convenient circumstances. Iron sculpture and living body (...)"
Alexandre Melo, Commissioner of the Portuguese representation at the 26th São Paulo Biennial, 2004
Direcção Geral das Artes/Ministério da Cultura in collaboration with CCB
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