Expanded Choreography

With Margarida Bettencourt, Ana Rita Palmeirim, Carlos Zíngaro, Paulo Graça and Nuno Carinhas, moderated by Maria José Fazenda

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This talk follows the performance ZOO&lógica [ZOO&logic], presented as part of the dance not dance programme, almost forty years after ZOO&Lógica: Instalação a Habitar por Coreografias [ZOO&logic: Installation to be Inhabited by Choreographies], choreographed by Paula Massano in 1984.

Using scores, audio recordings and film footage from the original work, Margarida Bettencourt and Ana Rita Palmeirim (participants at the time) return to ZOO&logic with (then as now) Nuno Carinhas, Paulo Graça and Carlos Zíngaro as accomplices. Performed by the final year students of the Portuguese Higher School of Dance (ESD), the piece will reactivate the ideas proposed by the original work.  

Under the motto Expanded Coreography, the artists will discuss some of the issues regarding this (re)performance with the moderator Maria José Fazenda.

Image © Constança Rebelo de Andrade

Ana Rita Palmeirim (1955, Lisbon) joined the Portuguese National Conservatory Dance School in 1973, where she had her first choreographic experiences. She danced with the Gulbenkian Ballet (1975-94), choreographing in some Choreographic Studios. She took part in independent projects such as Vamos Satiar, Tanza Variedades, ZOO&lógica, and 1º Encontro dos Peixes, and choreographed works for children.

Margarida Bettencourt (1962, Johannesburg) is a dancer-choreographer, teacher and movement therapist. She was part of the cast of the Gulbenkian Ballet from 1980 to 1993. Her solo work is characterized by an emphasis on the body as a potential for expression – her research explores this potential as a transformative, therapeutic and creative force.

Carlos Zíngaro (1948, Lisbon) is a musician, composer and visual artist. A pioneer in Portugal in the use of new technologies and real-time composition, he has had an extensive practice in experimental arts and multiple collaborations with some of the biggest names in new international music, with a discography of more than 60 titles.

Paulo Graça (1958, Lisbon) began working as a lighting designer in 1978 and has collaborated with directors such as Ricardo Pais, Carlos Avilez, Jorge Silva Melo, Jorge Listopad and Nuno Carinhas; choreographers such as Margarida de Abreu, Paula Massano, Olga Roriz, Paulo Ribeiro, Benvindo Fonseca, Vera Mantero, Gagic Ismailian and Clara Andermatt; and set designers such as José Manuel Castanheira, António Lagarto, José Costa Reis, Nuno Carinhas, Jasmim Matos and António Casimiro. He was Technical Director of the CNB from 1996 to 1998 and of the Belém Cultural Centre from 1998 to 2010.

Nuno Carinhas (1954, Lisbon) has studied painting at the School of Fine Arts in Lisbon. He exhibited drawings and paintings in solo and group exhibitions, and directed performances. Having been a set and costume designer for theatre and dance, cinema and opera, he has also been a theatre director, staging texts by many national and foreign authors. He was the Artistic Director of the São João National Theatre (2009-2018).

Maria José Fazenda is a coordinating professor at the the Portuguese Higher School of Dance (ESD) and a researcher at CRIA (Anthropology Research Center). She has a PhD in Anthropology from ISCTE and a master's degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of Culture from NOVA FCSH. She studied Dance at the National Conservatory, where she also taught Classical Dance Technique. A dance critic for the newspaper Público between 1992 and 2001, she is the author of the books Dança Teatral: Ideias, Experiências, Ações –  2ª edição revista e atualizada (2007) and Da Vida da Obra Coreográfica (2018).

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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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