Luísa Saraiva

Small Stage
04.04.2018 – 06.04.2018
Zwei Darstellerinnen im Gerangel auf einer schwarzen Bühne.

Any crowd action bears a potential for panic if reactions overflow between one’s own deeds and mass movement. Which dynamics lie within flocking together, the movement, and the eventual dissolution of groups?  Individual decision-making processes get carried away by external conditions, potential risk, and the simultaneous needs to act or to intervene collide. It is exactly this junction at which Luísa Saraiva creates a sphere of activity by tenderly approaching sociological concepts such as questions for collective yet also self-referred action, asking for the need to protect oneself as well as others, as the prime mover in behaviour.  The starting point for Luísa Saraiva’s first feature-length choreography are the dynamics of the high tide, as a translation for the Portuguese word “Enchente” that describes overflowing situations: How do individuals and crowds react under exceptional circumstances, when emotion and intention overflow the situation? Growing from the observation of lapse, Luísa Saraiva develops patterns in movement and choreographic situations that blur the lines between protest, party, catastrophe and agitation as well as excitement. Together with seven performers, she explores hidden decision types and schematics of reaction hidden therein, those that carry potential risk. The space for a game of possibilities veering between autonomy and confinement, mindfulness and vulnerability was designed by Jan Ehlen, known for his work with collective Raumzeitpiraten.

Luísa Marinho Saraiva studied psychology at Porto University, was a stipendiary of the Cultural Ministry of Portugal and graduated in dance at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen in 2015. She danced, among others, at Porto Alegre Cia. de Dança in Brazil, with the Mark Sieczkarek Company in Wuppertal as well as for Ben J. Riepe and Alexandra Pirici, Catarina Miranda and Susanne Linke. In 2017, Luísa Saraiva was a stipendiary for the Individuelle Künstler*innenförderung (IKF) (Individual Artist’s Support) within the pioneering area Ruhr.

Duration: 60 min.

Accompanying Programme
Fri 23.03.

18:00 open rehearsal »Hochwasser«

Thu 05.04. discussion afterwards
Fri 06.04. 19:00 physical introduction


Concept, Choreography: Luísa Saraiva; by and with Céline Bellut, Ángela Diaz Quintela, Johann Geidies, Ching-Mei Huang, Francisco Pinho, Alejandro Russo, Max Wallmeier. Stage, Light: Jan Ehlen; Composition: Julius Gabriel; Costumes: Inês Mariana Carvalho Moitas; Dramaturgy: Alejandro Russo, Melchior Hoffmann; Management: Melchior Hoffmann.
A production by Luísa Saraiva, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw and the Festival DDD – Dias Da Dança, funded by the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, Kunststiftung NRW, Fundação GDA Portugal, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and the Goethe-Institut.