The Gesture is a free and subjective portrayal of the professional activities of nine different people, inspired by the gestures that emerge and the bodies that are created through the intertwining of life stories and professional choices.
An archaeology of gestures and an archaeology of memories that create a common ground, where the emancipatory power of gesture can be understood in its entirety and in its wealth. How do we talk about what do we do and how does what we do inform us about ourselves? How do we perceive what surrounds us from the unique place where we stand, and how do we enter into vibrating relationships with things and with others?
In these different professional worlds, the conventional hierarchy of knowledge is undone, and power is given to how one does rather than to what one does. The film focuses on body knowledge and on how it can be understood and conveyed.
The Gesture is inspired by a performative event that took place in October 2016 in Lisbon, entitled AROUND THE TABLE, for an imagination of gesture, co-produced by Maria Matos Municipal Theatre. Some participants in this performance have become characters in the film.
Premiere 9 November 2019, Festival Temps d'Images, Fundação Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva, Lisbon/Portugal
Preview 30 April 2018, Espaço alkantara, Lisbon/Portugal