(c) José Caldeira

Marco da Silva Ferreira

  • Dance

The energy in Marco da Silva Ferreira’s new piece “Carcaça” is stunning, contagious, and it makes your heart rate rise. The choreography’s immense power circulates between the dancers right away, quickly spreading, encompassing the audience, transforming the hall into one seething, vibrating collective. We encounter dance as a cultural practice in “Carcaça”, moulding communities and forming collective identities. Humans have been dancing as long as they have existed. How does the idea of a community emerge between past events and the will to confidently shape the future? What shall be forgotten, what shall be rebuild? The precisely crafted choreography is characterised by the dancers’ legwork. They hop from one leg to the other in a rapid pace, gyrate, traversing the stage space. They come close to one another, smiling at each other, diverging again at the next moment, all the while citing and reworking multitudes of different movement cultures, from traditional folk dances to elements from urban dance cultures such as waacking and kuduro. “Carcaça”” is constantly evolving and takes many unexpected and astonishing turns. “Carcaça”, meaning skeleton, simultaneously denotes the end and a new beginning, unleashing a determined movement towards the future of community and freedom.

Marco da Silva Ferreira lives and works in Portugal. He danced for Hofesh Shechter and, since his first play Brother, produced in 2016, he has been fostering a high-intensity style that challenges the dancers’ physical strength and stamina. He elevates this highly physical style onto a new level in Carcaça, exploring dance’s political and community-building capacities in a remarkable way.

Duration: 75 min.

Notice: Sa 02.09. 19:00
With  tactile tour for blind and visually impaired persons. Registration at ticketservice@tanzhaus-nrw.de

Artistic direction, choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira; artistic assistance: Catarina Miranda; dance: André Garcia, Fábio Krayze, Leo Ramos, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Max Makowski, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis, Nala Revlon; lighting design: Cárin Geada, sound & technical direction: João Monteiro, music: João Pais Filipe (percussion), Luís Pestana (electronics); costumes: Aleksandar Protic; scenography: Emanuel Santos; anthropological studies: Teresa Fradique; custom dances: Joana Lopes; production management Mafalda Bastos; production management: Mafalda Bastos, Joana Costa Santos; production structure: Pensamento Avulso; distribution: ART HAPPENS.

Sponsored by the Alliance of International Production Houses, supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.