UM [unimal] (2018)

ONE [unimal]

2.UM pastel


UM / ONE is currently in process of creation. More information will be updated soon. 

UM [unimal] is a solo that invokes the idea of how one lone body can represent a collective and common history, by way of a macro-research about the place of dance, specifically of dances of resistance and of political & social movements and their impact in our survival and manifestation of today’s bodies. The pivotal theme – SURVIVAL unfolds in two sub-vectors: SUBSISTENCE, after a disappearance, which maintains a connection with the previous piece FM [featuring mortuum], and PERMANENCE of traditions from past times, throughout the research on movements of resistance that rise as a structured and collective effort against an installed authority. Concepts such as continuity, permanence, preservation, subsistence and resistance are key in the development of the piece, activating the question how does dance contribute to the emancipation of people, territories, and artists? Therefore, the binomial movements of resistance/ resistant movements or resistant dances/ resistance in dance arises. UM [unimal] intends to investigate a continuous physicality in the virtuosity of its limits over a body that fights to remain on stage and whose perseverance and exhaustion contaminate and attract the audience, such as a gladiator in an arena or a marathoner in competition. The explored physicality is MARCHing. To march, as a way to unravel walking, representing the movement of today and carrying out in its meaning the repetition of an organized body, that moves forward in a regular and deliberate course. Historically, marching emerges both in contexts of oppression and liberation, on both sides of the resistance, where there is the need to change and move forward together. – Cristina Planas Leitão


UM [unimal] is a coproduction of Culturgest, Lisbon (PT), Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT) and Teatro Aveirense (PT) and receives the Financial Support from Direção Geral das Artes / Portuguese Ministry of Culture and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.


 Premiere: 27 April 2018 at Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Coimbra (PT)

► Performance dates 2018



► Residency Calendar 2017

  • 27 March – 1 April 2017 | MD Kollektiv, Koln (DE)
  • 22-26 May 2017 | Dance Ireland, Dublin (IR) within the context of International Associate Artist 2017
  • 26-30 June 2017 | Dramaturgical residency at Mosteiro S. Bento da Vitória /TNSJ, Porto
  • 6-13 September | Dramaturgical residency at Centro Danza Canal, Madrid (ES) with a shared process talk on the 13th September at 18:00.
  • 8 September | Masterclass tools of the process UM [unimal] at Centro Danza Canal, Madrid (ES), 10:00-13:00
  • 14 & 15 September | Festival Materiais Diversos – Open classes to the community about the creation of UM [unimal]
  • 25-30 September | Dramaturgical residency with Catarina Miranda at Grand Studio, Brussels (BE) in partnership with Materiais Diversos (PT) with a shared moment on the 30th September at 16:00
  • 3 October | Talk Resistência e Resiliência no feminino, Casa de Allen, 17:30
  • 24 Nov – 3 Dec O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo (PT) with an open rehearsal on the 2nd December at 18:00
  • 4-15 Dec | Bora Bora, Aarhus (DK) with an open rehearsal on the 14th December and a talk with the local artistic community


Calendar 2018 to be updated soon.

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Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction Cristina Planas Leitão | Performance Daniela Cruz | Understudy Ana Isabel Castro | Light design & Technical Direction Cárin Geada | Soundscape Flávio Rodrigues | Sound Technician and Sound space Pedro Lima |  Dramaturgical Support Catarina Miranda, Victor Hugo Pontes | Urban and Social Dance Consultants Anaísa Lopes, Vítor Fontes | Marching Consultants Rui Collaço, Luís Jorge | Talk Speakers Resistance in the feminine Sónia Baptista, Joana Machado, Ana Cristina Vicente, Maíra Zenun | Executive Production Célia Machado, Cristina P. Leitão | Advice and Support to communication Joana Ferreira | Distribution Teresa Camarinha | Graphic Design Eduardo Ferreira| Photography Susana Neves | Video registration Sofia Arriscado 

Thanks to: Filipa Lowndes Vicente, Joana Gorjão Henriques, Ivan-Vincent Massey, Pedro Neves, Ana Renata Polónia, Jesper de Neergaard, Lotte Kofod Ludvigsen (to be continued…)

Culturgest, Lisboa (PT);Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT); Teatro Aveirense (PT)
Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (PT) – Prèmiere; Casa das Artes de Famalicão (PT); Teatro Municipal de Faro (PT)

Residencies & Support to the Creation 2017/2018:
MD Kollektiv, Koln (DE); Dance Ireland, Dublin (IR); Teatro Nacional S. João (PT)
Centro Danza Canal, Madrid (ES); Materiais Diversos/ Grand Studio Brussels (PT/BE); O Espaço do Tempo (PT); Bora Bora, Aarhus (DK); Companhia Instável, Porto (PT); NAVE, Santiago (CL); 23Milhas/ CM Ílhavo (PT)

Financial Support:
Direção Geral das Artes/ Ministério da Cultura (PT)
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (PT)

Institutional Support: MC / Direção Regional de Cultural do Norte / Casa das Artes

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© Daniela Cruz by Cristina P. Leitão