Practical seminars by Sergi Faustino (ES) and Luciana Fina (IT/PT)
Sergi Faustino works with the history his body contains and the context in which his work is presented. Both are important in the construction of his works and accompany his creation process. His creative proposals do not dissociate the context where his work is presented from his body, always focusing in the way he establishes communication between these two (himself and the body that the context provides). His proposal for the seminar is to deepen the intentions of each participant’s work and its adaptation to each context.
Sergi Faustino (Barcelona, 1972) is trained in dance and choreography by New Dance Developement in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). As an interpreter, he worked with Martin Sonderkamp, La Fura dels Baus, Sol Picó, Carlos Santos, Àngels Margarit, Carmelo Salazar and Rosa Muñoz, among others. Shows of its authorship: Nutritive (2003), The story of Mª Engracia Morales (Sitges, 2004), who obtains the prize of the most innovative spectacle at the International Theater and Dance Fair of Huesca. The Cremaster of the Cojones (Mercat de les Flors, 2005), the project of this show wins the 5th Prize of scenic Arts of Lleida 2004, franzpeter (Teatre Lliure, 2006), of the condemned ones, (Teatre Lliure, 2007), that obtains the Prize for the best theater show at the International Theater and Dance Fair of Huesca, Duques de Bergara unconnected (Teatre Lliure, 2008), Zombi (Teatre Lliure, 2009) and C60 (Teatre Lliure 2010).
Luciana Fina is a filmmaker and visual artist. In her work she questions and challenges the relations between cinematographic language and contemporary art, intercultural and performative practices. Cinema migrates to new spaces and expands its possibilities, configuring new relations with time, movement and the spectator. She questions the power of representation and the gesture that always refers beyond the image itself, to a whole of which it is a part. The notion of gesture and the performativity of the image are central to the research and artistic practice that the filmmaker proposes to share during the seminar.
Born in Italy, she lives in Lisbon since 1991. Graduated in Portuguese and French Literature, she worked several years as a film curator with Cinemateca Portuguesa. In 1998 she directed her first documentary film. She has developed work that migrates frequently towards exhibition halls, shifting between cinema and visual arts. Her work is presented in international film festivals and exhibitions and is represented in the Collections of Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Centre Georges Pompidou Nouveaux Medias. She regularly gives lectures on Cinema in the field of Arts.
Practical seminars by Miguel Pereira (PT) and Ana Borralho & João Galante (PT)
Miguel Pereira works on biography as subject of creation and connection between the self and the Other, as a way to get out of his specificity and cover themes that are common to many. Using autobiographical materials means being aware of how to expose your individuality to what may be interesting to many, such as focusing on yourself and, at the same time, being aware of the need to relate to others. Through humour and dissecting strategies from the individual to the social, the challenge made to Miguel for his seminar is to work the relation between the construction of the private self to the public self.
Miguel Pereira attended the National Conservatory Dance School and the Higher School of Dance in Lisbon, Portugal. He went to Paris and New York with a scholarship.
As a performer he worked with Francisco Camacho, Vera Mantero and Jorge Silva Melo, among others. He also worked with Jerome Bel in “Shirtology (Miguel)”.
As a creator he highlights “Antonio Miguel”, for which he received the José Ribeiro da Fonte New Talent Award and an honorable mention by Acarte-Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (2000).
He has been performing and teaching in Europe, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile.
The challenge to Ana Borralho and João Galante is for them to work on the relationship between performance art creation practices and participatory creative practices. Starting from the idea of score in performance art, it is proposed a thought and practice that allows understanding the construction of participatory dramaturgies guided by concepts and thematic that must be adapted to different contexts and to different forms of participation.
Ana Borralho & João Galante met while studying Fine Arts at AR.CO. While actors and co-creators worked regularly with the theater group OLHO. Since 2002 they create together, highlighting the pieces Mistermissmissmister (2002), sexyMF (2007), World of Interiors (2010) or Atlas (2011).
Together with Mónica Samões, they developed the project No Jogo do Desejo ou O Choque Frontal (Workshop for young audiences – 2008), the production of the video documentary Eu Não Tu (2009) and the children’s show A Linha ou O Deserto já não é uma casa vazia (2009).
Since 2004 their works have been presented at national and international festivals in France, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Italy, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland and Slovenia.
They are founding members of the band of non-musicians Jimmie Durham and the Associação casaBranca. They are responsible for the Artistic Direction of the Festival of Performative Arts – Verão Azul in Lagos, Portugal.
Creation and training workshops by Federica Folco (UY) and Thomas Hauert (CH/BE)
Federica Folco will hold a workshop to create and assemble FUA. This is a work in continuous reactivation that allows to cross the questions of the sensitivity and that takes the body of the collective that creates it. Based on a score developed from well-defined parameters, the participants will create their own scenic result from the relationships established in the proposed exercises, which will allow them to experience on the scene the insurrection of the sensitive and the most primitive and camouflaged of human existence, the desire.
Creator, researcher and teacher committed to their sector: the dance, therefore, to the body, meeting space, empowerment and transformation. Her work focuses on creation and philosophy, on the understanding of the interaction that these areas construct. Since 2000, she creates pieces by herself and in collaboration with local and international artists. She has been invited to share her work in international festivals and places of reference for contemporary art in Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, France and Germany. In recent years he has coordinated workshops and research related to two projects: Insurrection of the sensitive relating art, politics, consciousness and philosophy. And Periférico, investigating the language of tango from a contemporary conception of the body, politics and social dances.
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Deploying a complex network of movements connected in time and space, the choreographic language of Thomas Hauert could be seen as an extension of the tradition of abstract dance. Yet his highly polyphonic ‘writing’ comes to light on stage entirely through improvisation. What makes his work unique, and meaningful, is that it aims to make order emerge from disorder, form from the formless, a group from individuals, while leveraging the exceptional quality of perception, attention and concentration made possible by improvisation.
Drawing freely on a shared directory of physical principles incorporated during a long process of creation, the dancers are responsible for the invention and implementation of their own movements on stage, but also for the creation and development of group structures. They must adapt their individual role within a dynamic constellation whose mechanisms are constantly changing.
The cognitive abilities of such a system far exceed the mere sum of the individual abilities of the dancers. To a large extent, it relies on intuition – as Hauert emphasizes: a neurophysiological faculty that is being developed through experience.
Having built a dancer career with a.o. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, David Zambrano and Pierre Droulers, Swiss Thomas Hauert founded his company ZOO in Brussels. Since 1998, he has created more than 20 performances with ZOO. In addition to his work for ZOO, Thomas was also commissioned to create Hà Mais (2002) with Mozambican dancers, as well as several pieces for the school P.A.R.T.S in Brussels. In 2010, he created a new work for the Zurich Ballet, Il Giornale della necropoli, in 2013 Pond Skaters for the Toronto Dance Theatre, in 2014 the piece Notturnino for the British company of disabled and non-disabled dancers Candoco Dance Company and a new piece for 24 dancers will be premiered in November 2018 for CCN Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy.
Presented all over the world, the work of Thomas first develops from research on movement, with a particular interest in improvisation-based processes exploring the tension between freedom and constraint, individuals and the group, order and disorder, form and formlessness. Regularly invited to participate in improvisation events, he also has a deep interest in the relationship between dance and music. Thomas teaches regularly at P.A.R.T.S. and was Valeska-Gert-guest professor at the Freie Universität Berlin during the winter 2012-13. He was also invited to collaborate in The Forsythe Company’s “Motion Bank” project (ongoing). Since 2013, Thomas Hauert is the artistic director of the bachelor degree in contemporary dance opened within the theatre academy La Manufacture in Lausanne.