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Navalha — Jonas & Lander

November 29 - December 7

Jonas & Lander, Navalha

Navalha — Jonas & Lander

In 2021, Jonas releases his Fado album as a singer-songwriter entitled SÃO JORGE (published by Valentim de Carvalho and produced by Jorge Fernando) and Jonas&Lander premiere the piece BATE FADO.
After the premiere of these two projects, Valentim de Carvalho invites Jonas to make official the connection between music and dance. As a result of this invitation and as a consequence of the path taken by this multidisciplinary artist, the project NAVALHA was born.
NAVALHA is the title of Jonas’ second album, a project that keeps in line with Sinistra’s mission to bring back dance to Fado, together with BATE FADO and RESGATE. A record that underlines the Latin American, Iberian and African sounds already present in Fado and that is composed almost entirely of Jonas’ originals that invite us to dance.
During NAVALHA’s studio recording process, choreographic experiments are performed with the dancers that attend RESGATE, thus creating choreographic material for the new themes that come out of the album’s creation.
Parallel to the RESGATE training activity, which ends in March 2023, the creation process that materializes scenically the NAVALHA project begins, a spectacle designed for one fado singer, two dancers (selected through the RESGATE project) and three musicians, which proposes the expansion of Fado Batido to an environment more connected to music. As support for the residency, the project relies on Estúdios Victor Córdon and O Espaço do Tempo, and in the research with the support of Museu do Fado.
The show explores a movement vocabulary based on Jonas & Lander, two choreographers of contemporary dance, proposing the recovery of an ancient dance for our days, a dance designed for urban musical expression with more than two centuries that does not cease to be contemporary by its forging in the present time. The musicians themselves beat the Fado and displace themselves on stage, a proposal that contrasts the static performance of Fado musicians.


About Jonas & Lander

Jonas&Lander, a duo of Portuguese choreographers, have contributed to each other’s imaginary since 2011 when they began their collaboration. They stood out with Cascas d’OvO, a work that took them to several national and international stages. Since then, and until 2017, they have also created and presented Matilda Carlota, Arrastão and Adorabilis. They were distinguished as “Aerowaves Priority Company” in 2014 and 2017. In 2019, they premiere Lento e Largo, a show coproduced by Rede 5 Sentidos, Teatro do Bairro Alto and Teatro Freiburg (Germany), nominated by SPA for Best Choreography of 2019, and Coin Operated, in coproduction with BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts. In 2021, Jonas&Lander propose to rescue the lost dances of Fado, in a hybrid show between music and dance, Bate Fado, which premiered at the DDD Festival, and has been a national and international success, having been nominated by the newspapers Expresso and Público as the best dance show of the year.


November 29
December 7
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