Este Corpo que me Ocupa

By João Fiadeiro

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“After that day I was empty. Emptied. Either I would vanish (and I didn’t only because I didn’t know how) or I would fill this body with something. And that’s what I did. I filled it with myself.”

— João Fiadeiro, Autobiography. Jornal de Letras, setembro 2007

As part of the dance not dance programme, Este Corpo que me Ocupa [This Body That Occupies Me] is presented on the same day as Enfreakment, by Diana Niepce, followed by a talk with both artists and Paula Caspão, moderated by Carlos Manuel Oliveira.

The body, usually understood as the primary medium of dance, is also, and for that reason, the domain of the social forces that animate it. João Fiadeiro and Diana Niepce, though belonging to different artistic generations and disparate aesthetic worlds, share a common questioning of the body as matter and vehicle, proposing with their work the experimentation of its power and the reinvention of its possibilities.  

Fiadeiro empties the body of the subject, opening its meaning to its relationship with the world – the stage, the scene, the living room of  any house – broadening the perception of what bodies and things are capable of doing. Through the acknowledgement of the body as thing, their work questions the political, human and non-human subjectivity of the body, ascribing other materialities and modes of existence to it, while also reimagining the reality from which their dances emerge.

Image © Patrícia Almeida

João Fiadeiro (1965, Paris) belongs to the New Portuguese Dance generation. In 1990 he founded Companhia RE.AL, the organization which produces his creations, and directed Atelier Real between 2004 and 2019. He systematized Real-Time Composition, a theoretical and practical tool that leads him to teach nationally and internationally. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Coimbra's College of Arts and an Associate Artist at Fórum Dança.

Paula Caspão (1968, Portugal) is a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Theatre Studies at the University of Lisbon. She is dedicated to the expanded fields of dance, publishing, experimental cinema and archiving, presenting her work internationally. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, with a thesis on the sensorium of contemporary choreography (2010). She is the author and editor of several publications.

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.


Concept and performance

João Fiadeiro


Paula Caspão com João Fiadeiro


João Fiadeiro com Paula Caspão

Critical assistance

David-Alexandre Guéniot



Funded by DGArtes (Direcção-Geral das Artes) / MC (Ministry of Culture)


Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Paris), La Porta (Barcelona), Atelier RE.AL (Lisboa), Lisantigo, Fórum Dança


Théâtre Arsenic (Lausanne); Théâtre de la Bastille (Paris), Mousonturm/TanzLabor21 (Frankfurt), La Caldera/La Porta (Barcelona) and Chão de Oliva/Festival 4 Estações (Sintra)

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