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Coreography by Bruno Duarte
Emerging Choreographers Program, premiered at May 3rd 2014, in the Auditório Fernando Lopes-Graça, Almada



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"The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world." Hermann Hesse, Demian

"Riot" is based upon a poetic vision yet at the same time is violent: it's neccessary to destroy a universe for something else to be born – destroying the egg for the bird to be born, destroying the placenta for the baby to be born.

This dynamic examination of destruction and reconstruction takes as a starting point references such as, for example, the infamous black death plague which changed the world; or Cuvier's theory which theorises that catastrophes, (or revolutions, as he called them), reached certain regions of the planet, extinguished the flora and fauna, which were then repopulated by migrant organisms from unaffected areas.


About the Coreographer

Bruno Duarte is a dance graduate from the Escola Superior de Dança, (ESD), Lisbon. In 2011 he was an ERASMUS student in ArtEZ Dance Academy, Holland completing the "Minor Dancer" program. He's performed pieces by Jorge Andrade, Amélia Bentes and Madalena Victorino in ESD and in the Grupo Experimental de Dança, (GED), (2011/2) and Quórum Ballet, (2013), companies. He was a dancer in Staccato – Companhia de Dança Contemporânea, (2004/11) and Companhia de Dança de Almada, (2013). Co-created "Metamorfose" for Culturgest, (2011/2), "P48", (video-dance), presented at the 20th Quinzena de Dança de Almada, (2012), and "5", (video-dance), presented at the Caldas Late Night Festival, (Portugal), L'art difficile de filmer la danse, (Bélgica) and InShadow, (Portugal), where he was rewarded with the public's choice prize for the best video-dance in the competition. He also choreographed "someone else ago", for the BOXNOVA program, Centro Cultural de Belém, (2013). Participated in workshops by Mikael Fau and Pauline Journé, (France), João da Silva, (Brasil), Siri Dybwik, (Norway) and Jack Gallagher, (USA), amongst others. He was a contemporary dance and urban rhythm teacher between 2004 and 2012 in Annarella – Academia de Ballet e Dança, Medimorisa – Health Academy and in Associação de Solidariedade do Académico de Leiria.


Artistic and technical data

Choreography, music selection and score: Bruno Duarte

Lighting design: Cláudia Rodrigues

Scenery and wardrobe: Bruno Duarte

Performers: 3 dancers

Choreographer's assistant and rehearsals: Maria João Lopes



Teatro Bellini, Naples - Italy, November 29, 2015

Cine Teatro Municipal de Ourém, Ourém - Portugal,  April 27, 2014 (pre-premier)



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