Marco da Silva Ferreira

Big Stage
01.09.2023 – 02.09.2023
Ein*e Tänzer*in in einer weiten Hose tanzt energetisch auf einer Bühne. Der linke Arm ist nach oben ausgestreckt und hält ein Tuch.
Eine Gruppe von Tänzer*innen in bunten Lycra-Oberteilen interagiert in verschiedenen Posen auf der Bühne.
Eine Gruppe von Tänzer*innen in schwarzer Kleidung tanzt dicht beieinander in verschiedenen, dynamischen Posen auf der Bühne.

The energy in Marco da Silva Ferreira’s new piece Carcaça is stunning, contagious, and it makes your heart rate rise. The choreography’s immense power circulates between the dancers right away, quickly spreading, encompassing the audience, transforming the hall into one seething, vibrating collective. We encounter dance as a cultural practice in Carcaça, moulding communities and forming collective identities. Humans have been dancing as long as they have existed. How does the idea of a community emerge between past events and the will to confidently shape the future? What shall be forgotten, what shall be rebuild? The precisely crafted choreography is characterised by the dancers’ legwork. They hop from one leg to the other in a rapid pace, gyrate, traversing the stage space. They come close to one another, smiling at each other, diverging again at the next moment, all the while citing and reworking multitudes of different movement cultures, from traditional folk dances to elements from urban dance cultures such as waacking and kuduro. Carcaça is constantly evolving and takes many unexpected and astonishing turns. Carcaça, meaning skeleton, simultaneously denotes the end and a new beginning, unleashing a determined movement towards the future of community and freedom.

Marco da Silva Ferreira lives and works in Portugal. He danced for Hofesh Shechter and, since his first play Brother, produced in 2016, he has been fostering a high-intensity style that challenges the dancers’ physical strength and stamina. He elevates this highly physical style onto a new level in Carcaça, exploring dance’s political and community-building capacities in a remarkable way.

Duration: 75 min.

Accompanying programme
Fr 01.09. 19:30 Season opening
Fr 01.09. 22:00 Concert
Sa 02.09. 19:00 With  tactile tour for blind and visually impaired persons. Registration at



Artistic direction, choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira; artistic assistance: Catarina Miranda; dance: André Garcia, Cácá Otto Reuss, Chloé Robidoux, Fábio Krayze, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Max Makowski, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis; original cast: Leo Ramos, Nala Revlon lighting design: Cárin Geada, lighting technician: Teresa Antunes, sound & technical direction: João Monteiro, music: João Pais Filipe (percussion), Luís Pestana (electronics); costumes: Aleksandar Protic; scenography: Emanuel Santos; anthropological studies: Teresa Fradique; custom dances: Joana Lopes; production management Mafalda Bastos; production management: Mafalda Bastos, Joana Costa Santos; production structure: Pensamento Avulso; distribution: ART HAPPENS.

Produced by Pensamento Avulso. Co-produced by Big Pulse Dance Alliance, Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer, New Baltic Dance, Julidans, Dublin Dance Festival and ONE Dance Week, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, La briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de Marne, Maison des arts de Créteil, KLAP - Maison pour la danse, CCN-Ballet National de Marseille, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles, December Dance (Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge), La rose des vents - scène nationale Lille Métropole - Villeneuve d'Ascq, TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai. Co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union. With the support of República Portuguesa - Cultura, DGARTES - Direção Geral das Artes. Artistic residencies A Oficina, Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança, O Espaço do Tempo, Teatro Municipal do Porto.
Sponsored by Alliance of International Production Houses, supported by Beauftrage des Bundesministerium für Kultur und Medien.

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