Free dances

With Sofia Neuparth, students from the Portuguese National Conservatory School of Dance (EDCN) and Ana Paz, moderated by Ana Dinger

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Between the two sessions of Sofia Neuparth’s performance Coração-mão [Heart-Hand], and as part of the dance not dance programme, the choreographer is joined by the students of the Portuguese National Conservatory School of Dance (EDCN) and Ana Paz for a talk, moderated by Ana Dinger.

The invitation addressed to Sofia Neuparth to work with the Portuguese National Conservatory School of Dance (EDCN) was aimed at providing young students access to the experience of freedom in dance by exploring practices linked to or inspired by eurhythmics and the free dances from the start of the century, in particular the Dalcroze method (whose introduction in Portugal, in the 1930s, was largely due to the work of women such as Cecil Kitkat, Sosso Doukas-Schau and Margarida de Abreu). 

On the same day, the performances No body never mind 002, by Ana Borralho & João Galante, and A Boca do Atlas [The Mouth of the Atlas], by Gaya de Medeiros and Ary Zara, will also be presented, followed by another talk with the artists.

Image: Free dances at Teatro S. Luiz © Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa | ANI000226

Sofia Neuparth (1962, Lisbon) is the director of c.e.m. - centro em movimento, an organisation she co-created in the end of the 1980s. As well as being a creator and researcher in Body, Movement and Common Studies, she is also a dance teacher specialized in the study of the birth of gesture (Dance/Speech), Embryosophy and Transthought.

Ana Luísa Paz (1978, Oeiras) is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education of the University of Lisbon and a researcher at UIDEF (Education and Training Research & Development Unit). She has a PhD in Education – History of Education from the same institute, a Master in Sociology of Education from Nova University of Lisbon and a degree in History from University of Lisbon. She has a Humboldt Foundation scholarship from the RPTU (University of Kaiserslautern-Landau, Institut für Allgemeine Erziehungswissenschaft) and is a member of the HEC (History of Educational Ecologies). She has published on art education, the history of music education and higher education pedagogies.

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).

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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