Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods dance workshop with Renan Martins de Oliveira on the Day of Dance 2018: NO CATEGORY PRACTICE
The No Category Practice is a mix of various movement practices. Rather than exploring their individual potential, we place the emphasis on how they interrelate. We consider their complementary and conflicting natures and how they might broaden our spectrum of possibilities as movers, performers, dancers and people.
Our starting proposition is that such practices are the basic tools by which we know ourselves and make sense of the world around us. We then confront the categories by bringing them to forefront of our consciousness. In so doing, we can observe that their creation is linked to identity formation and, as such, they limit our possibilities for connection (to both ourselves and others).
We open our minds to the power of images, analogies, comparisons and symbols. The dance unfolds through the creation of metaphors that serve as mechanisms for escaping the rigidities of categorization.
Through improvisation we pay special attention to some of the task-based principles applied in Meg Stuart’s works 'VIOLET' (2011) and' Projecting [Space[' (2017). We will also work on individual material and group related actions, through collective imagery and physical touch.
Interested? Email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and send us your motivation and CV. This workshop is free of charge and only for professionals (actors, dancers, circus artists). Application is possible until April 20.
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Renan Martins de Oliveira is a Porto-based Brazilian performer and choreographer. He started his education in Rio de Janeiro at Deborah Colker Movement Center at the age of 16, and one year later won a full scholarship to study at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria. In 2010 he joined P.A.R.T.S. to be part of the Research Cycle where he focused more intensively on choreography and started developing his own work. His pieces have been performed in Brazil, Austria, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Russia and Belgium amongst others. In 2016 his work 'Let Me Die In My Footsteps' joined the Aerowaves network Top 20 works of the year.
Along with his choreographic practice he has also been a performer for Iztok Kovac, Marysia Stoklosa, Ceren Oran, Alexandra Waierstall, and Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Since season 2013/2014 he joined Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods for 'VIOLET' (2011). He also collaborated with Meg Stuart on the site-specific projects 'Atelier III' (2017) and 'Projecting [Space[' (2017).
This year he became a member of Daniel Linehan/Hiatus for the project Third Space. In October he premieres his solo SATURNO, A FESTA, in collaboration with Dj Dovecake (Zen Jefferson), DanceWatch and Studio ALTA (Prague, CZ), and Rivoli/Campo Alegre Theater (Porto, PT).