These bodies that occupy us

With Diana Niepce, João Fiadeiro and Paula Caspão, moderated by Carlos Manuel Oliveira

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This talk takes place after the presentation of the performances Este Corpo que me Ocupa [This Body That Occupies Me], by João Fiadeiro and Enfreakment, by Diana Niepce.

The body, usually understood as the primary medium of dance, is also, and for that reason, the domain of the social forces that animate it. João Fiadeiro and Diana Niepce, though belonging to different artistic generations and disparate aesthetic worlds, share a common questioning of the body as matter and vehicle, proposing with their work the experimentation of its power and the reinvention of its possibilities.  

Fiadeiro empties the body of the subject, opening its meaning to its relationship with the world – the stage, the scene, the living room of  any house – broadening the perception of what bodies and things are capable of doing. Niepce uses the autonomy of her own body’s life to question the structures of power which are inherent to the subject in relation to itself, and to subjects in relation to one another. Through the acknowledgement of the body as thing, their work questions the political, human and non-human subjectivity of the body, ascribing other materialities and modes of existence to it, while also reimagining the reality from which their dances emerge.

Image: Raw a Nude, by Diana Niepce © Pedro Tiago

Diana Niepce (1985, Lisbon) is a dancer, choreographer and writer. In 2014, a fall from a trapeze left her quadriplegic, forcing her to reshape her artistic identity. She is the author of several plays, which she performs all over Europe, along with various collaborations. Her piece Anda, Diana won the Best Choreography Award 2022 from the Portuguese Society of Authors. She is the author of the books Bayadére and Anda, Diana.

João Fiadeiro (1965, Paris) belongs to the New Portuguese Dance generation. In 1990 he founded Companhia RE.AL, the organization which produces his creations, and directed Atelier Real between 2004 and 2019. He systematized Real-Time Composition, a theoretical and practical tool that leads him to teach nationally and internationally. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Coimbra's College of Arts and an Associate Artist at Fórum Dança.

Paula Caspão (1968, Portugal) is a researcher and lecturer at the Centre for Theatre Studies at the University of Lisbon. She is dedicated to the expanded fields of dance, publishing, experimental cinema and archiving, presenting her work internationally. She has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre, with a thesis on the sensorium of contemporary choreography (2010). She is the author and editor of several publications.

Carlos Manuel Oliveira (1980, Santarém) works as an artist in the fields of choreography and performance. After a period of research dedicated to critiquing the relationship between choreography and dance – he was a researcher at universities in Europe and the USA, teaching at some of them and receiving his doctorate in 2016 from the UT Austin | Portugal Programme with the thesis "Objectos Coreográficos: Abstracções, Transducções, Expressões" [Choreographic Objects: Abstractions, Transductions, Expressions] –, he has dedicated himself, since 2017, to producing, creating and presenting his artistic and curatorial work.

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.

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