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Ines Pedruco CaDA 2023

Created by Inês Pedruco
Premiered on September 30rd, 2023, at Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite, on the program of Quinzena de Dança de Almada - International Dance Festival

43' | ages 6 and over


Inspired by some short stories from the book “Short Movies” by Gonçalo M. Tavares, "ShortCut" is perhaps a visit to someone’s inner self. "ShortCut" tells us several stories, but focuses on just one, which inside has all the others, but is unique.


“A SOUND. One sound is enough. It’s enough to trigger a memory. It’s good to have memories. They remind us that we exist, that we were what we are today, or not. Good memories, bad memories… They make up the me that I inhabit, and only I know the me that I inhabit. I can navigate inside myself and know every bit of what I’ve experienced.

What if it was possible to see the self that everyone inhabits?
One sound was all it took for us to enter its interior without permission. The interior that only those who live there know, the story that only those who have lived it know. A story that hasn’t been told, shared or surpassed. This story was lived alone.
The sound of a tray falling from her hands, from her clumsy maid’s hands, was all it took to transport us, to remind us of the similarity between this sound and the sound of a grenade. A grenade that once exploded near the heart of someone close to us, someone we loved, someone who left without warning…
ShortCut seems to be talking about a war.
About the worst war we can fight.
The war with the self we inhabit.
The war with the fears that dwell within us.
Wars and fears, on the paths I take within my memories.”
Rafael Barreto


Concept and Choreography: Inês Pedruco
Dramaturgy Assistance: Rafael Barreto
Costumes and Scenography: Carlota Machado and Joana Veloso
Scenography Support: Catarina Marques
Music: Alonso Lobo, Tenebrae and Nigel Short; Billie Holiday; Dictaphone; Dinah Washington; Nina Simone; Otis Redding
Musical Editing: Jorge Silva
Light Design: Hugo Franco – Stageplot
Rehearsal Direction: Maria João Lopes
Performance: Bruno Duarte, Inês Barros, Lúcia Salgueiro, Luís Malaquias, Mariana Romão, Raquel Tavares and Vitor Afonso

Acknowledgments: Isabel Ribeiro, José Pacheco and Adway


Inês Pedruco is a PhD student in Human Motricity, speciality Dance, from FMH - Universidade de Lisboa and has a master degree in Dance Teaching, from Escola Superior de Dança. She began her studies in dance in Escola de Dança Ana Manjericão, obtaining all diplomas from the Royal Ballet School. She was a student at the Nacional Dance Conservatory where she obtained a Professional Dancer diploma of merit, (2002-09). In 2009 she was a semi-finalist in the international competition “Prix de Lausanne”, winning a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York.
As a performer, she joined Quorum Ballet Company (2009/14), Teatromosca Company (2014/15) and Vortice Dance Company (2016/18). She participated in the research project Movement Study and Research “A BlackBox Arts & Cognition”, with choreographer Sylvia Rijmer and the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 2019 she was invited to participate in the show “Nous – Inner Perception”, and as a rehearser, she reassembled the ballet “Swan Lake”, both by choreographer Daniel Cardoso (2016).
Between 2017/19, she was a rehearsal director and teacher for plays by Miguel Ramalho, Rui Lopes Graça and Olga Roriz, among other authors.
As a creator, she has choreographed solos and trios in a competitive context: XXVII International Ballet Competition Varna (Bulgaria), European Grand Prix (Vienna), TanzOlymp (Berlin), Northern Dance Festival, winning outstanding and merit awards; with the Companhia Júnior da Escola de Dança de Aveiro (2016); with the Small Company of the Academia de Dança Contemporânea de Setúbal / Young Choreographers the show “24”, and “Again(st) Certain . Again (st) Even”, for Companhia Jovem AnimaBallet. For Companhia de Dança de Almada she choreographed, in 2021, the children’s play “O fio da Macaquinha”.


Rafael Barreto, Lisbon, 1993. Founder of Lugar Comum. Dance teacher and dancer, he highlights the works with Jácome Filipe, Catarina Courinha, Patrícia Henriques and Rita Spider. In 2011, he completed the Professional Performing Arts Course, at Escola Secundária de Gil Vicente. The following year, he attended the 1st year of the Degree in Theater at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema.
In theater, he highlights his work with Teatroesfera, Teatro Do Elétrico, Artistas Unidos, Teatromosca, UAU and 'Dobrar-Núcleo Artístico, with the direction of Ana Lázaro. As movement director, he signs several projects, such as “Apatia”, “Efeito Berbereta”, “Sem Título” and “Não vais entrar?”.
In the work carried out with children and young people, he highlights his work at CAF - Centro de Artes e Formação do Bairro da Cruz Vermelha, at CAF at Escola de S. Vicente and at the Conservatório de Música e Artes do Dão, in Santa Comba Dão, where he directs the free course in musical theater and the MUD'ARTE project.


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