BOWING - O ano da curva

Isto é PARTIS & Art for Change 2023

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Presentation of the documentary about the first year of Bowing, a participatory art project with immigrants supported by the PARTIS & Art for Change initiative.

Bowing is a gesture of respect in Asian cultures. It is also the movement of the workers at the intensive farming greenhouses in the Alentejo Region, bent over the land. In contemporary dance, it is the curve of the spine to which Merce Cunningham refers.

The documentary Bowing – o ano da curva [Bowing – the year of the curve] focuses on all three dimensions when following the first year of the Bowing project, from the initial meeting in schools to the final performance of the show created with migrants, adults and children from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and China, who now work and live in the municipality of Odemira.

A group of artists, under the artistic direction of Madalena Victorino, works with this population and, amidst multiple misunderstandings and difficulties, weaves art into the days spent in the greenhouses, at school and in the streets.

Duration 70 min. 
Photo © Pavel Tavares

More info about the project

Production and editing

Pavel Tavares

Texts and narration

Pavel Tavares
Madalena Victorino
Inês Melo
Matilde Real
Catarina Barata
Alix Sarrouy
Daniel Wang

Video and photography

Pavel Tavares
Thomas Ortegat-Traen


André Duarte
Marc Plannels
Márcio Pinto


Aayush KC, Abdul Hoqe, Abhijot Singh, Abhinandan Dahal, Adriana Matos, Amrtia Budha, Andreia Coelho,  Apekshya Lohani, Arshpreet Kaur, Bárbara Sousa,  Belov Thapa, Bipasha Islam, Catarina Bertrand, Elka Victorino, Francisca Poças, Groukal Kumar, Gursjas Singh, Gusranjpreet Kaur, Harmandeep Singh, Isabela Aleixo, Ivan Lohani, Jagjeet Gill, Jasmeen Kaur, João Parreira, Kulwinder Singh, Lara Godinho, Laxmi Khadka, Maitri Patel, Mamata BK, Mandeep Kaur, Manuel Ruiz, Meet Patel, Milan Magar, Muhammed Abu Bokor, Naima Nabi, Natalia Lis, Nedzhlya Georgieva, Nurl Amin, Onkar Singh, Pedro Salvador, Pedro Simões, Pramin Ghatani, Rajendra Shiwakoti, Rémi Gallet, Saifur Rahman, Saima Nabin, Saimon Kandel, Sathiya Krishnamurti, Shamen Ahamad, Shamin Ahmed, Siraj Uddin, Sneha Malla, Syed Ohidur Rahman, Sushant Adhikari, Rani Pathak, Tahcchoma Limbu, Thais Juliá, Vitória Faria 


Henrique Prudêncio

BOWING Project Team

Artistic Director

Madalena Victorino


Dance – Inês Melo
Written word – Matilde Real
Audiovisuals (first year of the project) – Pavel Tavares
Music (first year of the project) – André Duarte


Translation, mediation and music – Rajendra Shiwakoti
Music – Pedro Salvador

Promoter entity

Lavrar o Mar Cooperativa Cultural


Câmara Municipal de Odemira através do Plano Municipal para Integração de Migrantes, Odemira INTEGRA 3G

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