Artistic nudes

With Ana Borralho & João Galante, Ary Zara, Gaya de Medeiros and Izabel Nejur, moderated by João Manuel de Oliveira

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After the performances No body never mind 002, by Ana Borralho and João Galante, and A Boca do Atlas [The Mouth of the Atlas], by Gaya de Medeiros and Ary Zara, there is a talk with all four artists, moderated by João Manuel de Oliveira.

The dissemination of artistic nudes at the start of the 20th century served as a theme for an invitation aimed at artists who make use of the naked body in their work. Ana Borralho & João Galante were challenged to transmit one of their choreographies, and Gaya de Medeiros and Ary Zara to come up with a new creation.

How does the nude body of today echo those from the beginning of the century? What form might free dance take today? 

Image: Francis Graça © Manuel Alves de San Payo

Ana Borralho (1972, Lagos) & João Galante (1968, Luanda) work together on their own performance, dance, installation, photography, sound and video art projects, which they present all over the world. They co-founded the non-musical band Jimmie Durham and the cultural association Casa Branca. They co-curated the Electrolegos electronic music festival (Lagos) and run the Verão Azul festival (Lagos and Loulé).

Ary Zara (1986, Lisbon) is a trans non-binary multidisciplinary artist and activist. They premiered their first short film at Indie Lisboa 2022, An Avocado Pit, and have won awards at festivals such as the BFI, AFI Fest, Clermont Ferrand, and others. They are the creative director of Queer Art Lab – a platform that supports LGBTQI+ artists and the community. They perform solo and with Isaac dos Santos in T Guys Cuddle Too. More recently, they joined the BRABA platform as a performer.

Gaya de Medeiros (1990, Belo Horizonte) is a multidisciplinary artist and producer. For nine years, she was a dancer at Palácio das Artes Dance Company (BR). In Portugal, she collaborated with various dance, performance and theatre creators. She has staged two shows, BAqUE and Atlas da Boca, which was elected one of the best of 2021 by the Expresso newspaper. She founded BRABA.plataforma, which aims to support, enable and fund initiatives by the trans community.

Izabel Nejur (1981, Rio Branco – Acre, Brazil) is a Brazilian performer who has been living in Portugal since 2018. She has worked in film, dance, performance, writing and DIY video art. She has a degree in journalism and a postgraduate degree in film and dance. She recently created GIGANTESCA, and is a creative performer in the Palácio do Grilo project with artistic direction by Era Jaja Rolim.

João Manuel de Oliveira is currently a researcher and lecturer at ISCTE (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa). They have published extensively on the following areas of research in Portugal and abroad: feminist theories, gender theories, queer theory, sexual citizenship and the intricate relationships between knowledge, bodies and power within the framework of neoliberal political economies. Non-binary, they have a PhD in Social Psychology from ISCTE-IUL (2009). They have also worked as dramaturgy consultant in contemporary dance and performance projects with Miguel Bonneville, Francisco Camacho and Carlota Lagido, with whom they collaborate regularly.

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.

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