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Bruno Duarte CaDA 2023

Conception by Bruno Duarte
Premiered on July 5th at Cistermúsica - Festival de Música de Alcobaça

In this new work, designed for unconventional spaces, Bruno Duarte proposes to cross his choreographic universe with the artistic domain of another creator, taking as a conceptual basis the work of the multidisciplinary artist Horácio Frutuoso (1991), whose production includes visual poetry, painting, installation, digital image and performance, and which has already been recognized and presented in major institutions such as the Serralves Museum, MAAT, the São Paulo International Art Festival, the National Museum of Contemporary Art – Museu do Chiado, BOCA Bienal, among others.

“Carbono” (Carbon) explores the idea of ​​translation as a process that is not only technical but creative and, in a way, transformative – the American expression “lost in translation” illustrates this well: in a translation process, whether textual or communicative, or even from thought to concrete movement, there is a danger (real and almost inevitable) of the result being contaminated by the experiences, expectations and prejudices of the translator who, here, functions as a fallible sheet of carbon paper.

By creating to an unconventional, real, palpable space, different from the uncharacterized space that is a traditional stage, he seeks to expand this concept towards spatiality - such as Frutuoso's work, which seems to explode and print itself against the walls of each space where it is presented - and to question the idea of ​​the ephemeral nature of dance, asking: can dance leave a trace?


Conception and sound design: Bruno Duarte
Choreography: Bruno Duarte in collaboration with the performers
Performance: Bruno Duarte, Inês Barros, Lúcia Salgueiro, Luís Malaquias, Mariana Romão, Raquel Tavares and Vítor Afonso
Costumes: Micaela Sapinho
Music: Bon Iver, Hugo Therkelson, Joselito, Nikhil Nagaraj and Víkingur Ólafsson
Rehearsal Direction: Maria João Lopes


Bruno Duarte has a Master Degree in Dance Teaching and a degree in Dance from Escola Superior de Dança (ESD) in Lisbon. He was a dancer and performer in Grupo Experimental de Dança (2011/2) and Quorum Ballet (2013). Since 2013, he has been a member of Companhia de Dança de Almada. He was co-producer and performer in the "P48" video dance (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 danse (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, "L'Veltro" (2016), in co-production with Elson Marlon Ferreira, “Blömma” (2021) for Estufa, and for Companhia de Dança de Almada, "Riot" (2014), "Gaveston" (2016), "Fobos" (2017), “A Invenção da Resposta” (2018), in co-creation with Luís Malaquias, “SubRosa” (2018), “Inverno” (2019), “Noir” and “A Quiet Moment” (2020). In this company, he is also the author of the Itinerant Choreographic Laboratory project, for which he created "Dentro do Abraço" (2016) and "SCENA" (2022). 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. As a choreographer/dance teacher he integrated the European projects CLASH! (2019/21) and Up2DANCE (2020/21). H ehas 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 Quorum. He was distinguished with the Almada Artes - Young Talent award, in the “Jovens Talentos 2019” contest, promoted by Almada’s Municipality.



Solar dos Zagallos, Almada - Portugal, July 1, 2023 (preview)
Barnes Crossing | Wachsfabrik Art Center, Cologne - Germany, May 21, 2023 (work in progress)


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