Joana von Mayer Trindade

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Nameless and wordless images contrast with the idea of a still life, in which inanimate and recognisable daily objects can be observed. In Nameless Natures, Joana von Mayer Trindade focuses on producing images through a faceless body framed by two walls. This simultaneously limits the perspective point while opening the space up to the construction of multiple identities on the body. On the one hand, something strange and unrecognisable, on the other, something familiar which evokes a sense of confusion or even dread. In the interaction between what happens and the gaze of each spectator, a place of imagination is activated for various natures.


Joana von Mayer Trindade Concept and choreography
Hugo Calhim Cristóvão Artistic direction
Bruno Senune Performer
Jonathan Uliel Saldanha Sound
Joana von Mayer Trindade Costumes
Zeca Iglésias Lighting design assistant
Nuisis Zobop Executive producer
Atalaia Artes Ourique, Companhia Instável, O Espaço do Tempo, Negócio/ZDB Art residencies
Ana TrincãoAcknowledgements

Nameless Natures received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2014.
Premiere: 7 February 2015, Teatro Rivoli, Porto.

Joana von Mayer Trindade (Porto, 1975) is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She holds a Master’s degree in Solo, Dance, Authorship – SODA from the University for the Arts Berlin, UDK/HZT. A graduate of Psychology (University of Porto), she completed the Course of Contemporary Dance Performers at Forum Dança and the Essais CNDC d’Angers course under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh. Together with Hugo Calhim Cristóvão, she founded the NuIsIs ZoBoP research group (2004), with which she produces a variety of collaborative works.


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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