Marco da Silva Ferreira / Portugal


choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
dancers: Anaísa Lopes, Duarte Valadares, Marco da Silva Ferreira and Vítor Fontes
music:  Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins
light and technical direction: Wilma Moutinho
project:  Marco da Silva Ferreira and Pensamento Avulso, Performative Art’s Association
partners: Jazzy Dance Studio; Feira Viva; O Espaço do Tempo, Teatro Virgínia e Quinta do Rio
financial support: Governo de Portugal/Secretaria de Estado da Cultura/Direção Geral das Artes; Materiais Diversos e Teatro Municipal do Porto
Aerowaves Priority Companies 2015
Executive producer: Célia Machado
duration: 50 min

An active player on the burgeoning Portuguese dance scene, Marco da Silva Ferreira worked with artists such as André Mesquita, Hofesh Schechter, Sylvia Rijmer, Tiago Guedes and Hugo Pontes, before launching into choreography himself. "Hu(r)mano", his sixth piece, has earned him a nomination for Best Young Portuguese Artist of 2015. Inspired by an urban dance vocabulary, he plays with the tension between the "human me" and the "urban we." Four bodies come together — strong and confident in their intrinsic individuality. But ever building posturing and looks gradually morph into a collective relationship of surprising beauty. Oscillating between alienation and connection, the foursome unpretentiously yields to various stages of transformation.

In "Hu(r)mano", four dancers lift themselves into an atmosphere which runs parallel to that of the real, elevating into a dimension of collective human urban movement and their natural condition of vitality. This is a constant search for the meaning of dance and the value of movement resulting in an abstracted and mutated form - a shared search that is sought intuitively and a tuned to contemporary dialogue. These trans-humanized beings hold an imminence that moves them. Forming a statement that converges the multiple performers frame of mind and presenting that is contain within themselves.

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