The play "Loie Fuller: Research” explores the limits of human intervention on an object in action. Inspired by the connection between the sculptor - the performer - and the sculpture - non-human -, the Polish choreographer Ola Maciejewska explores the relationship of his body with an artefact – dance dress – in an action similar to the act of sculpting. "Loie Fuller: Research” is a performance that activates a subject to originate new forms and render visible the relationship between the performing body and the object manipulated.
Born in Poland, Ola Maciejewska is a choreographer and performer, and lives and works in Paris. The artist did her undergraduate work as the National Ballet School in Poland and at the Rotterdam Dance Academy. She was a ballet dancer and interpreted the works of Bruno Listopad (PT), Nicola Unger (DE), Philippe Quesne (FR) and Bojan Djordjev (SR). She earned her Masters in Contemporary Theatre and Dance Studies at the University of Utrecht, in 2012. "Loie Fuller: Research (2011)” was presented in France at the inauguration of the National Dance Centre (CND) of Pantin,and also in 2015, in Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Poland and The Netherlands. In the Fall of 2016, she was part of the Nuit Blanche programming (École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts) and the FIAC programming at the Louvre Museum, in Paris. The performance was also presented at the Biennial of Performing Arts in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada.
The musicians and artists Pierre Berthet and Rie Nakajima will present in the Jardim das Virtudes, from 01 to 03 June, the sound installation Dead Plants & Living Objects, activated with performances every day at 18:00. Berthet and Nakajima have created various ways of producing vibrations with objects, so that their acoustical shadows dance through the spaces and enter the most secret locations, and even within ourselves.
Pierre Berthet is a Belgian musician, composer, inventor and artisan who designs and builds sound objects and sculptures and facilities using materials such as steel, plastic or water, and forces such as magnetic fields, gravity or movement. He presents them in exhibitions and performances, alone or as a duo. He has worked with Frédéric Le Junter, Pierre Bastien, DJ Low, Rudi Trouvée and plays percussion with Arnold Dreyblatt. He has made live presentations in contexts such as the Audiograft Festivel in Oxford, and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, among others.
The installations and performances by the Japanese artist Rie Nakajima are frequently composed in direct response to unique architectural spaces, using a combination of kinetic devices and found objects. She has given performances and exhibited her works broadly both in the United Kingdom and internationally. She also frequently works with David Toop, David Cunningham, Miki Yui, Guy De Bièvree Marie Roux. She has presented her works in venues such as the Serpentine Gallery, Camden Arts Centre, White Cube Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Whitechapel Gallery or Café Oto in London, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, ShugoArts, Tokyo, Borealis Festival, Bergen.
CHOREOGRAPHY: CLAUDIO STELLATO
PERFORMERS: CLAUDIO STELLATO, VALENTIN PYTHOUD, MATHIEU DELANGLE, JULIAN BLIGHT
SET DESIGN: NATHALIE MAUTROY
The work, La Cosa is the result of research undertaken over a three-year period on two principles extensively explored by Claudio Stellato: the importance of rituals and the impact of one element of nature. Since September 2014, wood has been a key material on the stage for Stelatto, a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brussels. The exploration of this material is the choreographic goal of La Cosa: to create objects and stage equipment through an untreated material, emphasising the physical process implied in the construction and breakdown of a kinetic devise or sculpture. In La Cosa, the four performers produce an intense physical effort with great technical and choreographic precision to focus on a variety of human relationships such as cooperation, competition, courtesy, confidence and complicity. La Cosa goes beyond a narrative to invite audiences on an intense voyage of discovery of the bonds created between a performing collective and one of nature's essential materials.