UM [unimal] (2018)

► UM [unimal] – 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.


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. 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, such as a gladiator in an arena, the marathoner in competition or the lone climber in its escalade.

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. The question then emerges: how can a march become a movement?

In this piece, we work on the binomial dances of resistance/ resistance in dance. The choreographer is present, by giving live instructions and commands to the performer during the whole piece, through an in-ear system, concepts such as authorship, authority, freedom and leadership are being questioned. – Cristina Planas Leitão



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Concept, Choreography and Artistic Direction Cristina Planas Leitão | Performance Daniela Cruz | Light design & Technical Direction Cárin Geada | Soundscape Flávio Rodrigues | Sound Technician Pedro Lima | Scenographic Objects Emanuel Santos Dramaturgical Support Catarina Miranda, Victor Hugo Pontes | Costume Micaela Larisch, Cristina P. Leitão | 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 Graphic Design Eduardo Ferreira| Photography Susana Neves | Video registration Sofia Arriscado 

Thanks to: Filipa Lowndes Vicente, Joana Gorjão Henriques, Gil Mendo, Ivan-Vincent Massey, Pedro Neves, Ana Renata Polónia, Mariana Jacob, Musibéria, Jesper de Neergaard, Lotte Kodod Ludvigsen, Lars Kjær Dideriksen, Paulo Meunier, Ana Isabel Castro.

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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