Something Still Uncaptured (2013)

Maria Ramos

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While developing the cycle of choreographic research works entitled A Certain Degree of Immobility, Maria Ramos initiated a discussion with sculptor Antony Gormley that focused on the paradoxes of sculpture. Standing out from this exchange is a reflection concerning immobility as a point of expansion of movement, one that would come to profoundly mark her work. Premiered in 2013 and performed now with dancers Marta Cerqueira and Luís Guerra, Something Still Uncaptured creates a dialogue between the presence of the bodies in space and the cloud of smoke that drifts through the air. Still and simultaneously moving almost imperceptibly, this element echoes and causes the landscape-character to reverberate in between the movement that is amplified in the space, suggesting unexpected relationships where perception and contemplation intertwine.


Maria Ramos Concept & Choreography
Vinny Jones Lighting design
Vinny Jones e Martinho R. Fernandes Artistic Collaboration
Marta Cerqueira e Luís Guerra (created in 2013 with Marta Cerqueira and Benedetta Maxia) Performers
Marta Cerqueira Rehearsal Assistance (2021 restaging)
Francisco Salgado Sound design and Operator (live)
Tasso Adamopoulos Technical Direction & Lighting Operator
Tânia M. Guerreiro Production & Financial Management (2013)
Ciclo Sala Experimental – TMJB, Teatro Viriato, TEMPO — Teatro Municipal de Portimão, Espacio LEM (Buenos Aires) Coproduction
Festival Temps d’Images, Frank Mohr Institute & ArtEZ University of the Arts, Teatro Viriato, CAB Centro Coreográfico Lisboa – Fundação Maria Magdalena de Mello Partners
Governo de Portugal / Secretário de Estado da Cultura-Direção Geral das Artes Financial Support
Davide Costa e Benedetta Maxia Acknowledgements

Um Certo Grau de Imobilidade, from which the piece Something Still Uncaptured originates, received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2012.
Premiere: 7 September 2013, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite, Almada

Maria Ramos (Oeiras, 1976) studied Dance at the Institute of the Arts, Arnhem – European Dance Development Centre between 1996 and 2000 and studied a Master’s degree in Choreography at the same institution (ArtEZ), between 2006 and 2008. She has worked with several choreographers in Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, England and the USA, notably having collaborated with Angus Balbernie. She has been working in Lisbon since 2009, having choreographed 7pm/Rumour, Nerves Like Nylon, Something Still Uncaptured and Árida. She teaches Higher School of Dance, the School of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha and at Forum Dança.


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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