2800 HUF / student: 2200 HUF
In Tuesday: All that is solid melts into air – a line from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx – the Portuguese choreographer uses a piece of string as point of departure in creating a live animation which reminds us that the refugee crisis is far from over. In a day and age when front lines, walls and rows of refugees literally mark out the ‘own’ territory, and radical expression is part and parcel of everyday discourse, Dias throws out a line to connection and context.
Cláudia and Luca have constructed a visual narrative, using a line to tell the story of a ten-year-old boy, whose grandparents were expelled from Palestine and then from Lebanon, who travels from Syria to Italy. In parallel, they have created a sound narrative, with the noises of this escape. All of this, including Cláudia and Luca’s bodies, is non-verbal, precisely to avoid preconceived ideas. And the text, rather than coming from the mouths of the actors, which would create a false sense of identification with refugees, is projected on the set, in order to underline the distance that separates actors and refugees.
„Like many others of my generation, as I child I was fascinated by Vasco Granja’s TV show, enchanted by the worlds he created with plasticine, cardboard, or a single line. Thirty-some years later, I evoke that world, namely the work of Osvaldo Cavandoli, for this second installment of the Seven Years Seven Pieces project.
Knowing that a line is the shortest distance between two points, Luca Bellezze and I have chosen this as the starting point for our live cartoon, made with a piece of string. Frame by frame, we build a visual and aural narrative that portrays, in a synthetic fashion, particular aspects of contemporary reality.
At a time when dividing lines, borders, barriers, front lines of conflict, queues and the drama of refugees standing in line to be identified, lines demarcating national waters, and the hard lines of the radical factions of political and religious organizations are the order of the day, we intend to work on a unifying line, able to hold together things that are separate.” - Cláudia Dias
Concept, playwright and director: Cláudia Dias
Guest artist Luca Bellezze
Performers: Cláudia Dias, Luca Bellezze
Critical Eye: Jorge Louraço Figueira
Set and Light design: Thomas Walgrave
Animation: Bruno Canas
Production: Alkantara (Lisbon - PT)
Distribution: Something Great (Berlin - DE)
Co-Production: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon - PT), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto - PT)
Artistic residencies: Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT), O Espaço do Tempo (PT), Centro Cultural Juvenil de Santo Amaro – Casa Amarela (PT).
Acknowledgments: Ângelo Alves, Anselmo Dias, Ilda Figueiredo, José Goulão, Jorge Cadima, Paulo Costa
The project Seven Years, Seven Pieces is supported by Câmara Municipal de Almada
Alkantara – Associação Cultural is funded by República Portuguesa | Cultura / Direcção-Geral das Artes
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Seven years, seven pieces
Seven Years, Seven Pieces, is a long-term project by the Portuguese choreographer and performer Cláudia Dias that counteracts the idea of an absent or precarious future, painfully laid out year after year. It consists in seven pieces which will be created in seven consecutive years (2015-2022), Each piece is the result of the meeting between Cláudia Dias and guest artists - a cycle of seven pieces with seven handpicked partners.
TUESDAY : All that is solid melts into air is the second piece coming out of this ambitious seven-piece / years project. It was premiered on March 2017 at Teatro Municipal Maria Matos in Lisbon (PT) and since then it has been touring internationally.
If artists are the conscience of society, Cláudia Dias is a heartwarming advocate in this regard. Born in 1972 in Lisbon, she is a choreographer and performer who has been presenting her own works in various theatre venues and international festivals across the world. Among others, Tanzquartier Wien (AT), deSingel (BE), Münchner Kammerspiele (DE), Alkantara Festival ( PT), Biennale de la danse de Lyon (FR) , Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival (SE), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (NL) or Tempo Festival (Rio de Janeiro - BR). She began working as a performer with Grupo de Dança de Almada and was part of the artists’ collective Ninho de Víboras (Almada-PT). For several years she worked with the Portuguese choreographer João Fiadeiro, being a key performer in his pieces as well as in the development, systematization, and transmission of Fiadeiro's Real-time Composition Technique. Since 2007, she regularly teaches workshops in Choreographic Composition and Real-time Composition She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Performing Arts at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Invited artist for Tuesday
After his degree in Psychology in 2003 (Bologna - IT), Luca Bellezze begins to play accordion and working with puppets and juggling - his first street performances. In Italy he attends various courses: social theater (Isole Comprese Teatro), mime (Bianca Francioni), and clown (Leo Bassi, Avner the Eccentric, Andrè Casaca, Philip Radice). He continues his training at various European schools, studying circus (“Flic” – Turin – IT, “Guzei” – Moscow - RU), theater (“Atelier of Phisical Theater Philip Radice” – Turin - IT), and clown (“International Clown School” - Ibiza). At the moment he is studying diatonic accordion with Simone Bottasso and is enrolled at “CLI” (Utrecht - NL) and Mod.A.I. institute in Turin (funcional singing method). He works as street performer and in performing art festivals since 2003.