In his “Six Memos for the Next Millennium”, Italo Calvino speaks about how “Speed and conciseness of style please us because they present the mind with a rush of ideas that are simultaneous […] that either it cannot embrace them all, each one fully, or it has no time to be idle and empty of feelings […]”. Trovoada (Thunderstorm), by Luís Guerra, brings some of this disorder to the stage: a tempestuous explosion in the form of an omen embodied by erratic choreography that has no anchor points aside from the music. Ten years after having danced with the Gulbenkian Ballet in the company’s final years, Luís Guerra returns to the stage of the Grand Auditorium to perform his own work with pianist Joana Gama.
Luís Guerra Directed by
Joana Gama Piano
Luís Guerra Dance
Ulrich Estreich Original electronic music
João Godinho Original music for piano
Anatol Waschke Lights and technical direction
Luís Guerra com o apoio de Agência 25 Production
O Espaço do Tempo, Teatro Viriato, DGArtes, Alkantara and Festival Circular Support
Trovoada received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2014.
Premiere: 4 October 2014 at Festival Circular de Artes Performativas, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde
Velvet N’ Goldmine (2016)
“Meaning is not in things, but in between them.” Created in 2016, Velvet n’ Goldmine marks the moment in Aurora Pinho’s work when gender performativity was no longer solely a matter of representation, but a conscious daily practice. It is through this ‘day-to-day’ that Aurora wanders, through the streets of Porto, interviewing passers-by and guests on questions of gender and freedom. On the stage, the world view from the streets contrasts with the ritual of performance, as much a concert of different personas as it is a runway of identities, from which Aurora reclaims the right to androgyny and “transgenic fluctuation”.
This show uses strobe lighting.
Aurora Pinho Concept, direction, choreography, performance, set design, sound and text
Diogo Mendes, Joana Torrinha Lighting design
Aurora Pinho e Tiago da Costa Wardrobe
Odete, Manuel Costa e Najia Mattos Guests
Diana Santos, Diogo Bessa e Rodrigo Tiago Photography
José Diogo Nogueira Poem
Jorge Bragada Hair and image
Cineteatro António Lamoso, Mala Voadora, Rua das Gaivotas 6 Support
AAD, Companhia Instável, Queer Porto, Pólo | Caixa das Artes Partners
Xana Novais Acknowledgements
Velvet N’Goldmine received the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant for artistic creation in 2016.
Premiere: 5 October 2016, Rua das Gaivotas 6, Lisbon.
Luís Guerra Luís Guerra was born in Lisbon thirty-five yeas ago and from a very young age he would tell his parents that he wanted to dance. And so it was. He studied dance at the Conservatory and choreography at the Gulbenkian and has performed creations from several authors, participating frequently in works by Tânia Carvalho. Alongside the world of movement and gesture, he also passionately surrenders himself to the visual arts, in particular painting and drawing, which he is currently studying at ArCo.
Joana Gama (Braga, 1983) is a Portuguese pianist who is involved in several projects, both solo and in collaborations in the fields of cinema, dance, theatre, photography, and music. She has a PhD from the University of Évora and is a researcher at CESEM/NOVA FCSH (Lisbon). Her discography is available from the labels Shhpuma, Room40, mpmp, Pianola, Grand Piano and Boca/Douda Correria.
Aurora Pinho (Porto, 1991) is an artist, musician, dancer, model and actress. She has developed Flesh Against Flesh, Nymphomaniac, Útero, Heteroptera, Aurora de Areia and Rave in a Cave. She has worked with several artists, including Teatro Praga, João Pedro Vale, Filipe Sambado, Vaiapraia, António Onio, Cyril Viallon, Odete, Né Barros, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Moullinex, and Joclécio Azevedo. Pinho recently made the short film Aurora with Carlota Flor and the feature-length film Break Your Dick with Pedro Rei.
P DE 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.PROGRAMME
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