How can bodies develop capacities for self-defence? During their residency at tanzhaus nrw, Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira work on the final instalment of the Repertory trilogy that examines dance as self-defence and as resistant practice. Both artists, living and working in Rio de Janeiro, have been occupied with the search for such a choreographic dance practice for several years now. The movement they propose in Repertory No. 3 takes its starting point in a stance for acceptance towards the fact that Black bodies are subject to numerous forms of violence. On that basis, the artists explore the idea of dance as a training for self-defence to confront physical, imaginary, and systemic forms of violence.
works in between visual arts, choreography, and research. Pontes studied art at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro as well as at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo in Porto. Pontes has been presenting his works on national and international levels in art galleries as well as at international dance and theatre festivals since 2016. Together with Wallace Ferreira, he won the Young Choreographers’ Award of the new talent platform [8:tensions] at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna in 2022. In theory and in his artistic practice, Pontes deals with systemic and globally operating structures of violence. Pontes searches for ways to analyse and criticise those.
works in choreography, performance, and visual arts. Ferreira studied at the Escola Livre de Artes da Maré (ELÃ) as well as at the Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. Together with Davi Pontes, Ferreira won the Young Choreographers’ Award of the new talent platform [8:tensions] at the ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna in 2022. Ferreira works on strategic and choreographic actions that are exempt of representation. In an interdisciplinary approach, Ferreira’s works provoke arrays in which dance, performance, and visual arts come together in friction. Ferreira’s works have been shown in galleries as well as at national and international festivals since 2018.
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