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Emerging Choreographers Programme
Creations by Luís Malaquias, Maria José Bernardino and Raquel Tavares
Premiered on 22 April 2021, in Auditório Fernando Lopes-Graça, Almada


In a new programme dedicated to emerging choreographers, Companhia de Dança de Almada calls upon professionals connected to the company, residing in this city, who have demonstrated their value and artistic potential for several years. This premiere is presented as a tripartite programme.


Amebas Traidoras (Traitorous Amoebas)
There are themes that intersect Science and Art in terms of research. The search for an answer to the question of motivation for any human behavior is one of them. Why is it that, in a given situation, we take the decisions we make and how does this process unfold?
“Amoebas Traidoras” emerges based on the multidisciplinary approach to this issue by Robert Sapolsky, author awarded by the MacArthur Foundation, and Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University.
In a piece for two performers, Luís Malaquias seeks to materialize Sapolsky's words in the bodies of the dancers, in an attempt to understand the reasons behind some of the most fracturing and devastating behaviors that human beings are capable of. It focuses briefly on four themes that structure community life: Culture, Evolution, Cooperation and “We/They” Dichotomy or Demarcation.

Creation: Luís Malaquias
Co-creation and Performance: Bruno Duarte e Luís Malaquias
Text: extract from “Behavior” by Robert Sapolsky
Music: Daniel Martinho
Acknowledgments: Ana Lázaro and Mateus Gomes


We started from the question “What is being a woman?”, in an attempt to simplify something so complex. It is a perspective, a sharing. Something very personal but, in a way, general. It is an acknowledgment to all women, especially to those who are involved in this process.

Creation and concept: Raquel Tavares
Performance: Beatriz Rousseau, Joana Puntel and Mariana Romão
Music: Hildur Guðnadóttir e Bryce Dessner
Acknowledgements: To the performers and Paulo Reis


Cinza (Grey)
To die. This item at the end of the route. The unshakable certainty. Bodies age, become tired, worn, tender, pathetic, sometimes dying. The silence. Panic. Resignation. The memories.
In this duet, two bodies travel to the end of the path, regardless of dramas and misshapen relationships.
"I do not want to go. I don't want you to go, take me. Don't go again. Let's go together…".
Regardless of dramas and misshapen relationships, the path does not stop and is always on, until the end.

Choreography: Maria José Bernardino
Performance: Luís Malaquias e Raquel Tavares
Music: Pascal Comelade e Einstürzende Neubauten
Costume making: Mariana Correia


Light design: Stageplot
Assistant choreographer and répétiteur: Maria João Lopes


Luís Malaquias started his training in Leiria, at the Annarella Academia de Ballet e Dança and at the Clube Académico de Leiria. Graduated from the Escola Superior de Dança, from I.P. de Lisboa in 2012 and, since then, worked as a dancer with the choreographers Benvindo Fonseca, Daniel Cardoso, Carla Jordão, Ricardo Ambrósio, Bruno Duarte, Nuno Gomes, Margarida Belo Costa, Elson Ferreira, São Castro and António Cabrita, Luís Marrafa, Julia Ehrstrand, among others, as a freelancer, at Quorum Ballet - Companhia de Dança Contemporânea and at Companhia de Dança de Almada (Ca.DA). He choreographed the pieces "A Invenção da Resposta", with Bruno Duarte, and "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche: #publicperception" for the Companhia de Dança de Almada. In this context he had the opportunity to dance on multiple stages in continental Portugal, Madeira, Poland, Croatia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Romania, Holland, Luxembourg, Brazil and China. He regularly taught contemporary dance between 2010 and 2018 at Annarella - Academia de Ballet e Dança; Arabesque - Dance Academy and Quorum Academy. He taught, in the same period and on the same theme or as a guest choreographer, workshops in several schools in the Lisbon area, including the Escola Superior de Dança, the Centro de Artes de Marvila and the Almadança school. In 2018, he developed a video dance project at Ca.DA, that gaving rise to the films "The Art of Losing" by director Cristina Ferreira Gomes about the homonymous play by São Castro, and "Sete Dias de Inverno", by director Henrique Câmara Pina, on the play "Inverno", by Bruno Duarte. Currently he is a dancer of the fixed cast of Ca.DA and a third year student in Osteopathy at the Escola Superior de Saúde Ribeiro Sanches, I.P. da Lusofonia.

Raquel Tavares, born in Lisbon, started her career in Classical Dance when she was 7 years old, performing several levels of the Royal Academy of Dance method. Her contact with Contemporary Dance began when she joined the Escola Superior de Dança, where she graduated in Creation / Interpretation (2010/13). From 2013 to 2015 she held the Olga Roriz - Dance / Theater training, where she had contact with Olga Roriz, Sylvia Rijmer, Magalie Lanriot, Catarina Câmara, Paulo Reis, Marta Lobato, Maria Cerveira, among others. At the same time, she attended the Quorum Project, where she danced pieces by Daniel Cardoso, São Castro, Inês Godinho, Jácome Filipe, and held technical classes with Cláudia Sampaio and Margarida Belo Costa. In July 2015 she presented the solo "Campo Estreito. Minado de Sombras", at BlackBox of CCB. In October 2015 she worked with Benvindo Fonseca, making an excerpt from the play "Edzer". In 2016, she interned and taught repertoire classes at Companhia Olga Roriz, during the creation "Antes Que Matem Os Elefantes". Participated in the 18th International Platform for Choreographers, within the scope of the 24th Quinzena de Dança de Almada, with the solo "Campo Estreito. Minado de Sombras". In the same year, she joined the project Contraste, of the Associação Poveira Nós da Dança, where she danced choreographies by Benvindo da Fonseca and Gonçalo Lobato. Since 2017 she has been a dancer at the Companhia de Dança de Almada, where she danced pieces by Bruno Duarte, Luís Marrafa, Margarida Belo Costa, Luís Malaquias and Julia Ehrstrand, having participated in national and international tours.

Maria José Bernardino was born in Almada, in 1971. In 1983 she started her dance training at Academia Almadense with teachers Teresa Resende and Maria Franco. In 1985, she joined professional training courses at the dance school of the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa. At Companhia de Dança de Almada, she was a dancer from 1990 to 1999 - where she highlights her work with Clara Andermatt, Amélia Bentes, Jordi Cortés Molina and Peter Michael Dietz - and choreographed with Carla Albuquerque, the childhood shows “O Mistério da Floresta” and ”A Cidade que era cinzenta” (2008) (2010). She attended the theater initiation course in 1994 and was an interpreter and co-creator of all Maria João Garcia's plays until 1998. As an independent dancer she was part of the work of Yolanda Alves “Dança com Lorca” and the project “Empty Box”, together with Cláudia Dias and Maria João Garcia. She was a dancer at the Associação Cultural Ninho de Víboras. Since 1999 he has been teaching Creative, Classical and Contemporary Dance at the Companhia de Dança de Almada school, having created several works for performing classes and, more recently, assumed a Choreographic Project of the school.


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