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A creation of Luís Malaquias
Premiered on 2019 April 27th at Auditório Municipal Fernando Lopes-Graça, Almada


We will never know the truth of events we don’t witness.
Everything we’ve accepted as historical truth in regard to the private lives of public figures of political importance are in reality just political truths with historical effects - what today we accept as lies spread about Marie Antoinette by her political opponents were, at the time, received by the general public as scandalous and revolting truths.
In this piece we portray the public’s frivolous relationship with the truth. Everything here is false.
We can, however, establish some parallels between the historical characters we are representing and those who work in today's political / social field:
#girlpower #influencer #realness #boujie #followers #haters #siliconvalley


About the author

Luís Malaquias began studying dance in Leiria. In 2012 he graduated from Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon, where the highlights were working with Cristina Graça, Barbara Griggi, Amélia Bentes, José Grave, Teresa Ranieri, Gonçalo Amorim, among others. He’s worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Benvindo Fonseca, Daniel Cardoso, Ricardo Ambrózio, Bruno Duarte, Nuno Gomes, Margarida Belo Costa and Elson Ferreira, São Castro and António Cabrita, Luís Marrafa, among others and with teachers / Répétiteurs Maria João Lopes, Caia Sampaio and Rui Reis, for the Quorum Ballet - Companhia de Dança Contemporânea, Companhia de Dança de Almada (Ca.DA) and as a freelancer. He choreographed professionally for the first time in 2018 for Ca.DA, working together with Bruno Duarte on the piece "A Invenção da Resposta". He was a co-producer and performer in the videodance "P48" (2012), shown at the 20th Quinzena de Dança de Almada, and "5" (2013) shown at the Caldas Late Night (Portugal), L'art difficile de filmer la danse, (Belgium) and InShadow (Portugal) festivals in which he won the award for best video in competition - audience choice. In 2018 he developed the videodance project "The Art of Losing", about the homonymous piece of São Castro, which was the first film produced by CaDA in collaboration with producer Mares do Sul, directed by Cristina Ferreira Gomes. Between 2010 and 2018 he taught contemporary dance at institutions such as Annarella - Academia de Ballet e Dança, Arabesque - Academia de Dança and Quórum Academy. On and off, during the same period, he taught, conducted workshops and was a guest choreographer in several schools in the Lisbon area, including Escola Superior de Dança, Centro de Artes de Marvila and Almadança school. He is currently a dancer in the regular cast of the Companhia de Dança de Almada and a graduate student in Osteopathy at Escola Superior de Saúde Ribeiro Sanches.

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A choreography by Julia Ehrstrand
Premiered on 2019 April 27th, in Auditório Municipal Fernando Lopes-Graça, Almada

Artistic residence in Almada.


"It’s an interesting phenomenon that we should step away from something when we move towards something else. Our lives are in constant motion as we leave behind memories, past experiences and old relationships. Often we reach milestones where we think we’ve achieved our goals and yet still we strive for more.

We continue moving forward, strengthening ties with the people around us, continuing this pursuit of satisfaction. Only then to break our boundaries and start the process over again. Often we find ourselves in an inner struggle, entangled in our own thoughts, in which we feel we must run to escape the prison we have created for ourselves.
This constant state of agitation exists between us. We try, and we find a deeper connection to people who are on the same path, albeit in a little reflection of time. We must learn to find energy within ourselves to continue along the path that is ours. Take advantage of everything that life has to offer: the struggles, the joys, the disruption, the laughter. Everything that makes us who we are and allow us to relate to those around us as we enter the future, leaving our past lives behind us." Julia Ehrstrand


About the author

Julia Ehrstrand has a degree in Dance / Teaching from DOCH/University of Circus and Dance (Stockholm). She studied at the Institut del Teatro (Barcelona) and in 2009 trained at DNA through the ISVP (International Student Visa Program) program. She danced for TNSP - The Next Stage Project, Jana Hicks / Marijke Eliasberg, Max Stone, SexyBeastNYC, Carrasco Dance Company, Lane Co Arts and Collective Noir, among others. Her choreographies have already been performed on several stages in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She’s taught at the Julliard School in New York and has given dance classes at different institutions such as The Jose Limon Dance Company, The Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, DOCH University of Dance and Circus (Stockholm), Balettakademien (Stockholm), gave daily professional classes for Danscentrum (Stockholm), Amsterdam School of the Arts (Amsterdam), UiS/University in Stavanger and PRODA (Norway), for the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive, Ballet Hispanico, Peridance Capezio Center, Gina Gibney Dance, DNA, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and SUNY Purchase. Júlia has danced, choreographed and taught in China, Taiwan, Mexico, Japan, Uganda and Ethiopia. Recently, along with Max Stone, she co-choreographed a piece for the Rainforest Foundation Fund, performed at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York. This organisation is managed by the musician Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, and has as its main objective the protection of tropical rainforests and their indigenous peoples. Her work has already been selected for festivals such as the Bryant Park Contemporary Dance Festival in New York, 2018, and FIDCDMX, in Mexico City. She is currently teaching at Steps on Broadway, Peridance and Gibney Dance Studios.


Choreography by Carla Jordão
Premiered on 2019 July 5th, at TanzFaktur, in Cologne (Germany)

Artistic residence in Almada/Portugal, from June 3 to 21, and in Cologne/Germany, from June 25.


Inspired by the crowds of laughing faces of Yue Minjun's painting, in "A Universal Weakness" Carla Jordão lets two dancers perform for 40 minutes with the same expression stamped upon their faces.

How do these emotional, presumably painful moments of stress and pressure affect how they maintain their physical facial expression? What mood will emerge when smiling on stage becomes the norm? When our involuntary smile finds an arbitrary and culturally imposed smile?

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Choreography by Bruno Duarte
2019 Season programme, premieres on the 28th November, at Teatro Municipal de Bragança


"These are rituals of youth, full of life and the future, and the activities of the people that were interconnected with them (…) rituals that annually renew their confidence in the continuity of life, symbolized in fire and by other pagan gods.
We will never sufficiently emphasize the role that rituals have played in the evolution of our societies and have given them a character of ethical sanity that manages to maintain dignity in the midst of greater poverty and endless difficulties. "
Amadeu Ferreira, in “O Diabo e as Cinzas” (2013)

Artistic residence in Bragança from 18th to 30th November 2019, in co-production with Teatro Municipal de Bragança.


About the author

Bruno Duarte is currently studying for his Master's Degree in Dance teaching and a has degree in Dance from Escola Superior de Dança (ESD) in Lisbon. In 2011 he was an ERASMUS student at ArtEz-Institute for the Arts in the Netherlands completing the "Minor Dancer" plan. He was a dancer and performer in the Grupo Experimental de Dança and Quórum Ballet companies, (2011/2 and 2013 respectively). He’s been a member of Companhia de Dança de Almada since 2013. He was co-producer and performer in the "P48" videodance (2012), presented at the 20th Quinzena de Dança de Almada, and "5" (2013), presented at the Caldas Late Night (Portugal), L'art difficile de filmer la dans (Belgium) and InShadow (Portugal) festivals, the latter winning the award for best videodance in competition - audience choice. As a creator, he presented "Metamorphosis" (2011/2), for Culturgest in partnership with ESD, "someone else ago" (2013), for Centro Cultural de Belém’s BOXNOVA programme, "Overflow" (2014), for the EPC Dance Company, "L'Veltro" (2016), in co-production with Elson Marlon Ferreira, "Riot" (2014), "Dentro do Abraço" (2016), "Gaveston" (2016), "Phobos" (2017) and "SubRosa" (2018) for the Companhia de Dança de Almada. He’s participated in workshops and seminars by Mikael Fau and Pauline Journé (France), João da Silva (Brazil), Siri Dybwik (Norway), Jack Gallagher (USA) and David Zambrano (Venezuela) amongst others. He’s taught workshops at venues such as the Beijing Dance Theater (China), Giro8 Companhia de Dança (Brazil), FreeDance (Croatia), DNA (Portugal), amongst others. He’s been a guest teacher at Escola Superior de Dança (2016 and 2019), a teacher at Ca.DA Escola, and a guest choreographer in the Projecto Quórum.

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