Sónia Baptista

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Sónia Baptista’s recent work explores the ineffable relationship between the script and its performance, in which words and syntax form a cadence that determines the way in which the body communicates. In the fall the fox, e na queda raposar is part of a series of autobiographic performance-monologues — of which Assentar sobre a subida das águas is also performed —, that drift through the author’s identity, blurring the line between the personal and the political.

The focus of this work is the representation of a “person, woman, creature”, in this case a fox that, according to Japanese mythology, can take on a human form, as a woman, a female friend, a lover, the older the wiser. This is a work in search of that maturity, by revealing, analysing and searching the subjectivity for a narrative of “ambiguities, illusions and disillusions” in an attempt at self-enlightenment: “Firstly, the vision must be clear.”

The show is spoken in Portuguese (no subtitles).


Sónia Baptista Creation, performance, texts, costumes, props, set design
Joana Linda e Sónia Baptista Video
Bárbara Assis Pacheco Illustration
Joana Bagulho Piano
AADK Production
Temps d’Images Coproduction
Cão Solteiro Host company

Alexandre Lemos, Ana Vidigal, André Godinho, António Gouveia, Bahar Fattahi, Diogo Melo, Helena Nogueira Silva, Joana Dilão, Lara Torres, Margarida Bak Gordon, Paula Sá Nogueira, Simon Ellis, Vania Rovisco

In the fall the fox, e na queda raposar received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2014.

Sónia Baptista (Lisboa 1973) completed the Course for Contemporary Dance Performers at Forum Dança and holds a Master’s degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of Roehampton, London. In her work, she explores and experiments with the languages of Dance, Music, Literature, Theatre and Video. In 2001, she received the Revelação Ribeiro da Fonte Award for Haikus. She has published eight books and numerous essays, poems and written works for publications and online platforms. She collaborates on educational, creative, written and reflective projects. Associated Artist with the AADK Portugal.


Throughout two long weekends, dance returns to the auditoriums of the Foundation with the performance of two dozen works created over recent years with support from the Gulbenkian and with some making their very first appearance in Portugal. Program selection under the curatorship of João dos Santos Martins.


The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation reserves the right to collect and keep records of images, sounds and voice for the diffusion and collective preservation of the memory of its cultural and artistic activity. For further information, please contact us at [email protected].


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