Joana Castro

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Joana Castro evokes the intimate space of a relationship, stripped down in the most exposed space. Impossible from the start. Created in 2014, this project stems from the historiography of the sexuality that these two people — Joana and Bruno — constructed separately in real life, confronted with the story of the momentary sensuality constructed in the performance. For the Gulbenkian show, the performance has been redesigned and performed by Joana and Francisco, and, therefore, departs from a new relationship that has yet to be established: “two generically different people find themselves in a fictional space, which is always a space of desire — the stage (and, simultaneously, dance); it is this gender-less space that imposes a critical look at the urge that attracts, captivates, excites or invades us.” (Rogério Nuno Costa)

Show with full nudity.


Joana Castro Concept, direction, wardrobe and lighting design
Francisco Rolo, Joana Castro Performers
Bruno Senune, Joana Castro Original cast
Flávio Rodrigues Original music
Bruno Alexandre Photography
Palcos Instáveis, Teatro Municipal Campo Alegre, La Marmita, Volksroom (Bruxelas), Lake Studios (Berlim), Festival Queer Porto, Rua das Gaivotas 6, Festival Contradança Art residencies and performances

Perto… tanto quanto possível received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2014.
Premiere: 16 May 2014, Palcos Instáveis, Teatro Municipal Campo Alegre, Porto

Joana Castro (Porto, 1988) works in dance, performance and sound. She completed her studies at the Balleteatro Professional School (Porto) in 2006, attended the Choreographic Creation, Dance Research and Training Programme at Forum Dança in 2008, and has pursued a postgraduate course in performance at the Fine Arts Faculty of the University of Porto. As a performer, she has collaborated with Carlota Lagido, Joclécio Azevedo, Bruno Alexandre, Né Barros, Ana Borralho and João Galante, Victor Hugo Pontes, among others. She is currently working on a collaboration with Maurícia | Neves, which will premiere at BoCA.


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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