Kin (2014)

David Marques

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In 2014, David Marques was living in Israel, where he was viewed as a Jew of North African descent. In that period, he visited Portugal frequently to research traditional dances. It was then that he experienced the strangeness of two ways of seeing. On the one hand, the way his body was seen from outside, on the other, the detached way he was seeing traditions with which he had a cultural intimacy. That year, David Marques produced Kin, a work in which he questions the act of being seen, particularly while dancing. And if “dance is hard to see”, Marques magnifies the lines of perspective on his body, thereby provoking an estrangement, not from his identity, but regarding his activity, exposing and objectifying the labour of dance through the spectator ‘s viewpoint.


David Marques Concept and performance
Rui Monteiro Lighting design
Tiago Pinhal Costa Set design
Ido Feder Writing support
Mestre André Sound design support 2021
Patrícia Milheiro Rehearsal assistance 2021
Carlos Ramos Technical direction and operation 2021
O Espaço do Tempo, Espaço Alkantara e Teatro Virgínia Residency
Francisca Rodrigues Executive producer
Agência 25 Executive production 2021
Centro Cultural de Belém, BoxNova 2014, Artist-Curates (Maya Levy & Hannan Anando Mars 2014) Coproduction

Kin received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2014. 
Premiere: 15 November 2014, Teatro Virgínia, Torres Novas

David Marques (Torres Novas, 1985) studied Dance at ESD-IPL and participated in the ex.e.r.ce programme in France, with a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In addition to his work as a performer with Francisco Camacho, Filipa Francisco, Loïc Touzé, Raquel Castro and Lucie Tuma, among others, he began to create works as a choreographer in 2007 with support from EIRA. He has explored questions relating to ways of seeing and time, seeking through his work to create spaces of improbable relationships. He was awarded the SPA Authors Prize for Choreography for his work “Mistério da Cultura”.


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.


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