“(…) Then, there are new names worth to be discovered: Cristina Planas Leitão and Mara Andrade, for example. In different ways, with different approaches in terms of creation, each one created a kind of a character. In her “Bear Me” Cristina composed a double personality character through a delicious ferocity of questioning the relation with the audience – which both do. She is at the same time tender and defiant. In a confrontational position she creates as much mistrust and tension as she breaks that tension when she wants, conquers trust, and leaves the audience rendered to an innocent fragility that briefly recalls the book and movie “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009). In all shows mentioned here, the title and the nature of this film is the essence of this dance: spaces inhabited by wild things – bodies, temperaments, behaviours, histories – but so disarming, appealing and touching at the same time. They may seem strange but they make us surrender ourselves so easily to their poetry, made from a persistent naming of each gesture shared. Even when mute, they create meaning in the mind of the beholder. It is not just a coincidence that “Bear Me” starts with Cristina dressed in a simple t-shirt, facing the public at the front of the stage, and speaking to the audience through a microphone, saying: “This is about you and me.” She ends with the same sentence, “this is about you and me,” followed by another one: “I think we need a break.”” – by Claudia Galhós in

After bear me # 1, presented in the Cycle Palcos Instáveis at Teatro do Campo Alegre, Cristina Planas Leitão creates a new version of this solo. She continues to explore the same formal and conceptual keys, enlightened by the formula of love 1+1=1, applied to the relation between performer and audience and the idea of unfolding, of getting dressed and undressing, while transformative vehicle of the reading of the piece; and as the juxtaposition and the different filters can unite in a whole.”


About GUidance 2015 # 1

About GUIdance 2015 # 2

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