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TRACE | 12 scores for breathing, walking and being still

TRACE is a project of artistic creation

about the gesture of tracing and notating movement

about tracing a path in the territory with the body

and also about eroding and opening gaps

TRACE reflects on the path that human beings have been tracing in a symbiotic relationship with the surrounding environment, through 3 actions: breathing, walking and being still. These actions were developed as choreopolitical agents, which operate through movement for a consciousness of the body and the territory.  It was published online throughout 2021 via 12 scores, 3 sound pieces and 3 videos. The scores were published monthly and the rest of the materials at the Spring Equinox in March, the Summer Solstice in June and the Autumn Equinox in September. There was also be 3 workshops.

The writer Clarice Lispector mentioned in her book "The hour of the Star": “everything in the world started with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born”. In addition to one molecule saying yes to another molecule, according to science, one bacterium ate another, had indigestion and a cosmic cannibalism occurred. In addition to a cosmic cannibalism, catastrophic eruptions and chemical battles were also necessary for our planet to be as it is. Only after these tremendous battles did oxygen become king of the atmosphere and life began to emerge, as we know it today. However, before the oxygen victory, much more happened. There was a prehistory of prehistory of prehistory. The universe never started! Therefore we know that the universe does not really begin and that regardless of our idiosyncrasy, we belong to one another, we live in cooperation. Life operates through relationship and affection, through contagion and infection and not just through reproduction.

ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Flora Détraz, Mickaella Dantas & Nádia Yracema
VIDEO & DESIGN Joana Linda
SOUND DESIGN Artur Pispalhas
PROOFREADING Ana Luísa Valdeira
TRANSLATION Miguel Cardoso





SUPPORT Dançando com a Diferença; Fundação Salinas do Samouco & Instituto das Florestas e Conservação da Natureza (Madeira Island)
RESIDENCY Alkantara; Campus Paulo Cunha e Silva; O Espaço do Tempo; Estúdios Víctor Córdon;

Neighbourhood Dance Works

CO-PRODUCTION Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias

PROJECT SUPPORTED BY República Portuguesa - Cultura | DGARTES – Direcção Geral das Artes

PROJECT CO-FUNDED by COMPETE 2020, Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund

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