MB#8 (2011)

Miguel Bonneville

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Miguel Bonneville #8 (MB#8) is part of a series of nine shows titled Miguel Bonneville — autobiographic works created between 2006 and 2012, that deal with questions related to love, identity, survival, and death.

Performed mostly in the dark, MB#8 addresses the impossibility of being detached from everything and everyone. Disappearing seems only to be achievable through death.

MB#8 is a poetic reflection on discretion, disappearance, the dexterity of the imagination, faced with the impossibility of being free in a society addicted to a mindset of appearing and displaying oneself at any cost, a society under constant vigilance.

Show with full nudity, Portuguese spoken (no subtitles).


Miguel Bonneville Direction, Text & Performance
Cláudia Effe, Diogo Bento Guests
Cláudia Varejão Video Recording
Miguel Bonneville, Festival Temps d’Images Production

MB#8 received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2011.
Premiere: 4 November 2011, Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Festival Temps d’Images, Lisbon.

Miguel Bonneville (Porto, 1985) draws us into autobiographical stories centred on the deconstruction and reconstruction of identity through performances, drawings, photographs, videos, music and artist’s books. He has worked on the series Family Project, Miguel Bonneville and A Importância de Ser since 2003. He received the Ex Aequo Award (2015) for the performances Medo e Feminismos, in collaboration with Maria Gil, and The Importance of being Simone de Beauvoir. He is the artistic director of Teatro do Silêncio.


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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