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An opportunity to get to know the inner workings of a show

Engaging young audiences with contemporary dance

2021 Edition in partnership with Casa Pia de Lisboa I.P. 


Engaging young audiences with contemporary dance, by accompanying the rehearsals and performances of A Fright is a Whole World, by choreographer Vera Mantero, meetings coordinated by Vera Santos.

The group will follow this creation in observation meetings and various practices (body expression, analysis, criticism and discussion).

Meeting Calendar:

  1. Firewood - First meetings - 7, 12 and 21 October, Colégio Nuno Álvares - Casa Pia, Lisbon/Portugal
  2. Spark - Studio Rehearsals - 27 October, Studio O Rumo do Fumo, Lisbon/Portugal
  3. Fire - Dress Rehearsal - 24 November, Culturgest, Lisbon/Portugal
  4. Ashes - Last Meeting - 25 November, Colégio Nuno Álvares - Casa Pia, Lisbon/Portugal


About A Fright is a Whole World

The anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro says that, for the indigenous people of Brazil, “Contradiction makes sense” and this is one of the cornerstones of the thinking of original peoples. The Professor of Ethical Leadership Jonathan Haidt says that his students are enclosed in politically correct bubbles and advises them to travel the world in order to be capable of Contradiction*. The psychoanalyst Carl Jung used to say that language should be ambiguous and have double meanings (contradictory, therefore) because only in this way will it do justice to our psychic nature. The alleged interferences of the social media in recent electoral processes lead us to conclude that the “healthy” media are those that do not present just one point of view, but instead present several views, which are preferably contradictory in nature. Is education for citizenship an Education for Contradiction? Education for Fright.


*Couturier, B. 2018. Safe spaces : des étudiants qui ne supportent plus la contradiction. [online] Available at: France Culture <https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/le-tour-du-monde-des-idees/le-tour-du-monde-des-idees-du-vendredi-16-novembre-2018> [Accessed at June 29 2021].