Dance not dance opening session

With Ana Bigotte Vieira, Ana Dinger and Carlos Manuel Oliveira

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Dance not dance – archaeologies of new dance in Portugal is a programme dedicated to different manifestations of dance that seeks to frame what was referred to as Nova Dança Portuguesa [New Portuguese Dance] in the 1990’s, without forgetting what was “new” about myriad occurrences throughout the 20th century. It tells about “dancing the nervousness of history”, essaying, through the dances, the contradictions of the time in which they were performed, while revealing other possible times.

Curated by João dos Santos Martins, Ana Bigotte Vieira, Carlos Manuel Oliveira and Ana Dinger, the programme is divided into three parts: a series of events (performances, films and talks), a book and an exhibition.

The (re)performances, films and talks series, which constitutes the first part of this programme, will be presented and discussed by some of the curators during this opening session. Centred on the juxtaposition of choreographic works from different moments in time, spanning the whole 20th century over 10 sessions, this programme aims to propose relationships of proximity and distance between them.

On the same day, the opening session precedes the presentation of the performances Almada Negreiros, o bailarino [Almada Negreiros, the dancer], by Luís Guerra and Talvez ela pudesse dançar primeiro e pensar depois [Perhaps she could dance first and think later], by Vera Mantero, followed by a conversation with both artists and Paulina Santos, moderated by Alexandre Melo.


João dos Santos Martins (1989, Santarém) is an artist whose work encompasses various modes of expression within the field of dance, through choreography, exhibitions and publications. In his practice, he favours collaborative and cooperative approaches, having created pieces such as Projecto Continuado (2015) – SPA Authors Prize – and Companhia (2018), with Ana Rita Teodoro, Clarissa Sacchelli, Daniel Pizamiglio, Filipe Pereira and Sabine Macher, or Onde Está o Casaco? (2018), with Cyriaque Villemaux and Ana Jotta. He has performed works by Eszter Salamon, Xavier le Roy, Moriah Evans, Boris Charmatz and Jérôme Bel, among others. In 2019 he founded the biannual journal Coreia.

Ana Bigotte Vieira (1980, Lisbon) is Co-IR of the FCT Archiving Theatre project and an integrated researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History. She has published Uma Curadoria da Falta, about the ACARTE service of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in 1984-1989, based on her doctoral research. Between 2018 and 2023 she was part of the curating team at Teatro do Bairro Alto. Together with João dos Santos Martins, she started the project For a Timeline to Be – genealogies of dance as an artistic practice in Portugal, of which dance not dance – archaeologies of new dance in Portugal is the 7th edition.

Carlos Manuel Oliveira (1980, Santarém) works as an artist in the fields of choreography and performance. After a period of research dedicated to critiquing the relationship between choreography and dance – he was a researcher at universities in Europe and the USA, teaching at some of them and receiving his doctorate in 2016 from the UT Austin | Portugal Programme with the thesis "Objectos Coreográficos: Abstracções, Transducções, Expressões" [Choreographic Objects: Abstractions, Transductions, Expressions] –, he has dedicated himself, since 2017, to producing, creating and presenting his artistic and curatorial work.

Ana Dinger (1979, Porto) is an artist and researcher with a background in visual arts and dance. She has a degree in Sculpture (FBAUL), a postgraduate degree in Contemporary Art (FCH UCP) and is studying for a PhD in Cultural Studies (FCH UCP). She collaborates with various projects that involve programming, curating, editing and research work, as well as artistic creation and experimentation: AND Lab (since 2015), For a Timeline to Be – genealogies of dance as an artistic practice in Portugal (since 2019), Es.Col.Az (since 2021) and Assembleia Ordinária (since 2021).

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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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