No body never mind, 002

By Ana Borralho & João Galante

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The dissemination of artistic nudes at the start of the 20th century served as a theme for an invitation aimed at artists who make use of the naked body in their work, such as Ana Borralho & João Galante.

No body never mind, 002 (premiered in 2005) is part of the no body never mind project which consists of three pieces and addresses the themes of body/mind, exterior/interior, emotion/feeling and I/the other. Throughout the performance, two naked people lick their bodies in order to stick gold leaves onto them, as a way of immortalising a perishable body. Given that saliva is not the best glue for gold leaves, after some time they fall off, turning the process into an endless and absurd exercise. Almost like a Möbius band, No body never mind, 002 is inspired by the tradition of gluing gold leaves onto Buddhist statues in Asian countries.

The performance A Boca do Atlas [The Mouth of the Atlas], by Gaya de Medeiros and Ary Zara, will also be presented on the same day, followed by a talk with all four artists, moderated by João Manuel de Oliveira.

Also earlier on the same day, under the theme of Free dances, the artist Sofia Neuparth will premiere the performance Coração-mão [Heart-Hand] with the students from the Portuguese National Conservatorys School of Dance (EDCN).

*Performance with full nudity

Ana Borralho (1972, Lagos) & João Galante (1968, Luanda) work together on their own performance, dance, installation, photography, sound and video art projects, which they present all over the world. They co-founded the non-musical band Jimmie Durham and the cultural association Casa Branca. They co-curated the Electrolegos electronic music festival (Lagos) and run the Verão Azul festival (Lagos and Loulé).

Ary Zara (1986, Lisbon) is a trans non-binary multidisciplinary artist and activist. They premiered their first short film at Indie Lisboa 2022, An Avocado Pit, and have won awards at festivals such as the BFI, AFI Fest, Clermont Ferrand, and others. They are the creative director of Queer Art Lab – a platform that supports LGBTQI+ artists and the community. They perform solo and with Isaac dos Santos in T Guys Cuddle Too. More recently, they joined the BRABA platform as a performer.

Izabel Nejur (1981, Rio Branco - Acre, Brazil) is a Brazilian performer who has been living in Portugal since 2018. She has worked in film, dance, performance, writing and DIY video art. She has a degree in journalism and a postgraduate degree in film and dance. She recently created GIGANTESCA, and is a creative performer in the Palácio do Grilo project with artistic direction by Era Jaja Rolim.

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.


Concept, light, and sound

Ana Borralho & João Galante


Ary Zara and Izabel Nejur

Artistic collaboration

Fernando J. Ribeiro

Production direction

Andrea Sozzi

Executive production

Joana Duarte and Maria João Malheiro

Executive direction

Mónica Samões

Administrative support

Teresa Serra Nunes


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