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FRAGILE world premiere | Edge, Plexus and Touched
Ana Rita Barata and Pedro Sena Nunes ; Ajjar Ausma ; Kjersti K. Engebrigtsen
Spectacle
29th and 30th March at Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite

FRAGILE project presents on world premiere a performance composed of three parts: Edge, by Ana Rita Barata (PT) | Plexus, by Ajjar Ausma (EE) | Touched, by Kjersti K. Engebrigtsen (NO). These combine different personalities, movement qualities, desires and perceptions, in a research process for other incentives/senses for dance beyond the ones enforced by vision. Audio-description will be offered.

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FRAGILE world premiere | Edge, Plexus and Touched

29th and 30th March at Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite

 

Under the Project co-financed by the European Union Culture Program FRAGILE - Inclusion of visually impaired in performing arts, three choreographers from Estonia, Norway and Portugal have been working for the last two years in the research of a new movement language by including both dancers and interpreters with and without visual impairment. The research process culminates in an inclusive performance divided in 3 parts, with its world premiere in Almada, in the 29th and the 30th of March at 9.30pm.

 

The performances combine different personalities, movement qualities, desires and perceptions, in a research process for other incentives/senses for dance beyond the ones enforced by vision and technical preparation.  They also aim to increase the trust/empathy of the cast members - professional dancers and visually impaired performers - in order to, ultimately, propose qualified artistic results.

 

The project is mainly focused on the construction of a new movement language, through the sharing of experiences between the visually impaired and professional dancers, creating the possibility for the visually impaired to become professionals in the performing arts and researching inclusive proposals of dance presentation  to a plural audience.

 

FRAGILE crosses the borders of art, including various artistic subjects in dialog and inquiry of the boundaries of their intervention areas, in a true commitment to trans-disciplinarity.

 

FRAGILE is co-financed by the European Union - Culture Program, and co-organized  by Bærum Kulturhus (NO), Vo'Arte (PT), Tallinn University (EE) and Salamanda Tandem (UK).

 

SINOPSIS & ARTISTIC CASTS & BIOGRAPHIC NOTES

 

EDGE

Moment or space that corresponds to the end or the beginning of something. Or the nearly.  Or the memory of a path. That has no end. It is from an unknown device that we start an abstract trail, that takes us to most concrete of life - the beginning of everything.

The beginning of each course - four - in a memory of some what's threshold. A light, a hole, a process, a life and death - the beginning of everything.

Each course depends on one another, they are pairs but different among themselves. They come together within movement, create a limit and after they split space. Change material, recombine, reduce and separate. They give way to a story that starts and finishes right there - an imaginary line remains.

Who see it, wanted to look.

 

Artistic Direction: Ana Rita Barata e Pedro Sena Nunes

Choreography Ana Rita Barata

Dancers and performers Bernardo Gama, Joana Gomes, Luís Oliveira e Sofia Soromenho

Sound Tiago Cerqueira

Light Design João Cachulo

Costume Design Marta Carreiras

 

Biography

Ana Rita Barata (born 1972) studied at Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional and in the European Dance Development Centre in Holand. As a choreographer and an artistic director, she has been working with Pedro Sena Nunes since 1994, next to various communities with special features. She is, since 1997, artistic director and programmer at Vo'Arte and also the co-creator of CiM - Integrated Multidisciplinary Company.

 

PLEXUS

Plexus is a bundle, a maze of channels, where information is continuously flowing, where different inputs and coordinates of space merge and then depart into a new form and composition. We are interested in a relationship between the internal and outer space, in chaos and regularity within it. How we relate to the different distances between them. We explore the differences and match the visually impaired and sighted dancers in spatial and movement cognition, in hearing and feeling of the sounds and music.

Plexus combines different personalities, movement languages, desires, perceptions etc. Through the process of interpretation, co-working and compromises a new existence is born and a quality of movement and being is achieved.

The aim of this process is to increase confidence and empathy in ourselves and others through dance and personal experience and sharing knowledge. It's about the ability and willingness to understand people with different perception and how to cooperate with them.

 

 

 

Choreography Ajjar Ausma

Choreographic assistant Riina Ausma

Dancers and performers Jaan Ulst, Hedy Haavalaid, Kärt Tõnisson

Composer Taavet Jansen

Light Design Oliver Kulpsoo

Costume Design Liis Plato

 

Biography

Ajjar Ausma (born 1977) studied choreography at the University of Tartu (Estonia). He is an actor, director, choreographer and dancer at Cabaret Rhyzome, in Tallinn. As a dance and physical theatre teacher, he has been participating in several projects of performing arts, both local and international.

 

TOUCHED

Can touch unite people with different abilities? Is touch conceived differently by sighted and visually impaired? Imagine touching a face you cannot see? Seeing dancers jump unto each other to say hallo, but how do they jump onto someone who is blind? How does a blind person jump onto you?

Touched is an encounter between two different worlds, the sighted and the visually impaired. The performers are trying to develop a common language and at the same time to explore their own individual voice.

 

Choreography Kjersti K. Engebrigtsen

Dancers and Performers Alexander Aarø, Nina Biong, Hege Finnset Eidseter,  Geir Hytten, Katja Henriksen Schia

Light Design Jan Erik Smedhaugen

Composer Knut Olaf Sunde

 

Biography

Kjersti K. Engebrigtsen (born1947) premiered as a ballet dancer and choreographer in 1969 and her work has been showed in theatres, concert rooms, churches, museums and was broadcast on television. A Master in Education Applied to Special Needs by the University of Oslo, she has been working in dance with the visually impaired since 1987.

 

INFORMATION

Pricing

10€ normal price / 7€ (under 25 or over 65) / 2 tickets for the price of 1 for disabled people

 

Useful information

>> In March 29th and March 30th, at 8.15pm, there will be a visit to the stage for the recognition of the venue as well as the interpreters by the visually impaired audience.

>> In March 29th, bus transportation will be provided for the audience that cannot move autonomously. It will depart from Praça de Espanha at 7.30pm (under appointment until March 25th through the e-mail: inscricoes@voarte.com or by telephone to +351 213932410 or +351 919939740.)

 

Reservations

Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite | bilheteira@ctalmada.pt | Phone: 212739360

 

FRAGILE performances ON TOUR

> 29th and 30th March 2013 - Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite, Almada (Lisbon, Portugal)
> 16th April 2013 - Bærum Kulturhus, Sandvika (Oslo, Norway)
> 19th and 20th April 2013 - KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn, Estonia)

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