Almada Negreiros, o bailarino

By Luís Guerra

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Almada Negreiros, o bailarino [Almada Negreiros, the dancer] is a choreographic journey created and performed by Luís Guerra and presented as a kind of fantasy game in which, brazenly, one plays with mostly real elements from the life of one of Portugal’s most outstanding modern artists: Almada Negreiros. 

Taking São Tomé and Príncipe, where he was born, as the starting point, Luís Guerra aimed to create a score that included various aspects of the artist’s life, including his probable gestures and physical expressions, and imagining, simultaneously, the rhythm and cadence of his inner and mental process.  

Over the space of an hour, the hope is that, through Luís Guerra’s body, Almada Negreiros, the dancer, may appear, revealing himself to the public even if only fleetingly.

On the same day, under the motto The Portuguese do not have a body, the performance Talvez ela pudesse dançar primeiro e pensar depois [Perhaps she could dance first and think later], by Vera Mantero, will also be presented, followed by a talk with both artists and Paulina Santos, moderated by Alexandre Melo.

Image © Manuel Guerra

Luís Guerra (1985, Lisbon) is a Portuguese artist who expresses himself through dance, painting and writing. He studied dance at the National Conservatory, choreography at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, massage at the Institute of Traditional Medicine and painting and drawing at Ar.Co, where he is currently attending an advanced visual arts course. He regularly works with other creators as a performer.

dance not dance

This event is included in the (re)performances, films and talks series which constitutes the first part of dance not dance – archaeologies of the new dance in Portugal. More info.


Creation and interpretation of dance, text, and five anthropomorphic paintings

Luís Guerra

Guest Voice

Kátia da Conceição Neto


Craftsmen from Roça Agostinho Neto




Carol Carvalho (embroidery) and D. Luzia (tailoring)

Eight handled paintings

Carla Santos


Ruy Coelho and Claude Debussy

Technical support and lighting design

Anatol Waschke

Portuguese Sign Language Interpretation

Hands Voice

Commission and production

dance not dance / Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us through the Information Request form.


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