Strategies regarding the Contemporary Performer
is a performer’s role when co-creating with a director?
is this responsibility shared in regard to the process?
bodies, containers that transpose voices in motion?
can performers direct from within?
believe that contemporary dance processes have much to gain from an intense stimulated dialogue between the outside eye – the director – and the inner eye – the performer/dancer. The sense of eye in both cases is spatial, the one who finds himself in the improvisational space generating material and the one observing, catching and directing the material. It is in the richness of this relational dialogue that the process culminates to unfamiliar ground thus affecting the work presented.
the performer to attain strategies, distinguishing within the constant change that can however be molded into mechanisms of dialogue with the work, allowing the dancer to gain an autonomy in their (re)search and process of material is what this workshop proposes.
worked as a performer for Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods between 2001 and 2007. Since 2008 she identifies as a performing visual artist between art gallery and stage. Her artistic approach has a broad range and includes live installations, light, video, dance pieces and sound. Since 2003 she has been training, coaching and teaching workshops. She has been directing movement for theatre since 2003. Between 2012 and 2015 she curated performances at the Museum Arpad Szenes – Vieira da Silva in Lisbon. In 2013, she premiered her solo The Archaic, Looking Out, The Night Knight. In 2014, she directed Silos de carros e estradas giratórias, a piece for ten homeless men. She is the co-founder of the artistic platform AADK – Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur (2008). Her project ReActing to Time. Portuguese in Performance deals with the archive and the transmission of works from the late 1960s. In 2017, she made the group piece Equanimity – Unchangeable Mood for the Festival Walk&Talk, Azores. Vânia continues to work as a performer for other artists.
€ 54/22,50 per day