© Inês Samba e Sara Anjo

Our second residency took place online through virtual space, with Mickaella Dantas and Sara Anjo.

There was an intensive, intricate and symbiotic exploration of the body in relation to the surrounding environment.

Trace had the first artistic residency in Espaço do Tempo, during the 1st week of January, with Flora Detraz, Nádia Yaracema and also with Mickaella Dantas.

Trace is a project that puts the body in direct relationship with the territory and from this first experience we highlight the visit to the Freixo do Meio homestead. We observed the agroforestry plantations, an Utopia in progress that proves that the soil and landscape of the Alentejo is not monotonous, much less a desert. We danced next to Zambujeiro do Tempo, an ancient tree that makes us travel for a long time and we also climbed to Pedra Alta, where our megalithic ancestors met for rituals.

© Mickaella Dantas e Sara Anjo

To prepare the sound pieces for Traça we went to the Salinas do Samouco Foundation, in the last week of February. These salt pans are located in the nature reserve of the Tagus estuary. And are the largest wetland in Portugal as well as a sanctuary for fish, molluscs, crustaceans and, above all, birds.

At this time of the year, the Samouco Salt Flats are a refuge at high tide for the Black-Tale Godwit, a great migratory bird and in danger of extinction. In addition to this species, we can hear and see several others, for instance the exuberant Flamants.

© Artur Pispalhas e Sara Anjo
© Sara Anjo 2021