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Vânia Doutel Vaz (residency)

April 4 - April 10

Nova Criação

It surprises me that people notice I am a dancer in my everyday life. My training and professional experience is an obvious and immediate reason why that happens. On the other hand, a body’s movement can also be explained by social exchanges and media observation. I carry habits and memories of my own experience as a world citizen.
If I were to interview this Body, could it tell me what it wants? How does it prefer to move? Who does it think it is? Does it know its duties or how to behave? Can I let this body… be? And where does the Self go?
This flawed research project — Self and the Body are not separate, as I would make them out to be — will be about the impact of observation. In considering the conditions and environment necessary for observation to take place, the question arises: do I need to be here at all?
Another focus is on investigating the privilege and exclusivity of an experience in its construction, as well as the access to that experience.
What makes what parts of that experience unique? Is it the thing that is observed or the red carpet that announces it?
— Vânia Doutel Vaz

Vânia Doutel Vaz is a Portuguese-born Angolan. Vaz studied dance with the Royal Dance Academy, Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional, and Fórum Dança. Was a member of Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, Nederlands Dans Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (CLCB), and PUNCHDRUNK. As a freelance artist, Vaz collaborated with Trajal Harrell, Eszter Salamon, Uri Aran, Tânia Carvalho (among others). In 2015 THEIR was created at and for CLCB; in 2018 Bureauc’Art was spontaneously performed during 3 days/3h at CunstLink gallery; ad aeternum is a vídeo-performance commissioned by Teatro do Bairro Alto part of Recolhimento Obrigatório, December ’20.

Conceito, Criação e Performance Vânia Doutel Vaz Vídeo Daniela Stubbs Levi e Vânia Doutel Vaz
Apoio à criação Josefa Pereira
Colaboração em residência Luara Learth, Piny, Josefa Pereira e Nina Botkay
Figurino Nina Botkay e Vânia Doutel Vaz
Cenografia, Luz e Direcção Técnica a designar
Música a designar
Produção Alkantara
Co-Produção Teatro do Bairro Alto
Apoio à Residência Téàtre Chaillot, O Espaço do Tempo, Estúdios Vítor Córdon | OPART, Casa da Dança | Almada
Agradecimentos Rui Horta, Josseline Black, Ana Trincão, Gio Lourenço

Alkantara é uma estrutura financiada pela República Portuguesa | Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes.


April 4
April 10
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