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The Art of Losing videodanca CaDA 2018 232x637

Choreography by São Castro and Direction by Cristina Ferreira Gomes



This project from Companhia de Dança de Almada, (Ca.DA), stems from an original idea by Luís Malachias and is based upon a creation by São Castro. Director Cristina Ferreira Gomes was invited following her exemplary work on contemporary dance and the affinity felt between creators and dancers.

Through the interdisciplinarity and complementarity of languages and methods, we’ve looked to create a new work focusing upon a topic of great depth, with the idea of raising awareness about environmental, social and cultural issues. Completely filmed in the forests of Pinhal de Leiria, it reflects on the importance of knowing how to deal with loss.


About the authors

São Castro began studying dance in Balleteatro Escola Profissional de Dança e Teatro, (Professional dance and theater school) in Porto and has a degree from Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon. She was part of Balleteatro Companhia, Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo and Ballet Gulbenkian. As a freelance dancer worked with Companhia Paulo Ribeiro, Companhia Olga Roriz, Companhia Clara Andermatt, Rui Lopes Graça, Sofia Silva, Benvindo Fonseca, Vasco Wellenkamp, Quorum Ballet / Daniel Cardoso, Tok'Art / André Mesquita, Ka Fai Choy, Tânia Carvalho, Luis Marrafa and Hofesh Shechter / Companhia Instável. She has created choreographies for Companhia de Dança do Algarve, Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional and recently for Projecto Quorum. Since 2011, in partnership with António Cabrita, she’s been developing the | ACSC | project, of which 'Play False' premiered in 2014, receiving the Prémio Autores 2015 in the Dança – Melhor Coreografia, (Dance – best choreography), category, awarded by Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores. In a co-production between Companhia Nacional de Bailado and Vo’Arte, she is the co-creater and performer of ‘Tábua Rasa’, along with António Cabrita, Henriett Ventura and Xavier Carmo. São Castro frequently gives lessons and leads workshops in contemporary dance. São Castro and António Cabrita are currently artistic directors at Companhia Paulo Ribeiro, for which they created "Um Solo para a Sociedade", which made its debut in June 2017. Also in 2017, at the invitation of Luísa Taveira, António Cabrita and São Castro created Dido e Eneias for Companhia Nacional de Bailado.


Cristina Ferreira Gomes is the founder and director of the Mares do Sul production company. She is directing the documentary "Rio de Onor, Outro Tempo", with the financial support of Instituto de Cinema e Audiovisual. Her debut as director was with the documentary entitled "Mulheres ao Mar", financed by ICAM, for which she received the best newcomer award at the Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival in 2002. Her following documentary, "Carta de Chamada", financed by ICAM, received an honourable mention for the best documentary and also the public’s choice award for best documentary at the Caminhos do Cinema Português Festival, 2006. The film was also included in the Panorama and Cinema Português Showcases in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro the following year. It was also screened in the Cinema cycle about emigration, organized by the Presidência da República in 2008 and in the Festival Filmes do Homem, 2016. Highlights from her director’s career include the documentary series "Portugal que Dança" - 17 episodes about creators in the area of ​​dance in Portugal; "Domingo à Tarde" - a film following the day to day life of a group of young Pakistani people who meet every Sunday afternoon to play cricket in one of the most emblematic places in Lisbon, Alameda D. Afonso Henriques; "Menina Limpa Menina Suja”,- about the plastic artist Ana Vidigal; and, "À Procura de António Botto" – a documentary about the life and work of writer António Botto. She was a member of the jury of the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Awards from 2013 to 2016, from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


Artistic overview
Direction: Cristina Ferreira Gomes
Choreography and original music score: São Castro
Performance: Beatriz Rousseau, Bruno Duarte, Francisco Ferreira, Joana Puntel, Luís Malaquias, Mariana Romão
Wardrobe: Nuno Nogueira
Image: Luís Graciano, Cristina Ferreira Gomes, André Barreto
Sound: Joana Girão
Production: Luiz Antunes
Installation: Sara Esteves
Colourist: Gonçalo Ferreira
Audio post production: João M. Santos

General direction - Mares do Sul: Cristina Ferreira Gomes

Artistic direction and general co-ordination - Ca.DA: Maria Franco
Rehearsal direction - Ca.DA: Maria João Lopes


With thanks to Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas


Sponsored by

BRASAO CMMG 2015 sem descricao red



Raiz Club, Ponta Delgada - Portugal, September 27, 2019
Fnac Almada, Almada - Portugal, October 10, 2019
Casa da Cerca – Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Almada - Portugal, October 6, 2019
Mini-Auditório Salgado Zenha, Coimbra - Portugal, November 26, 2018
Livraria Arquivo, Leiria - Portugal, November 17, 2018




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