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PACAP 4 Showings Cycle

Espaço da Penha and Espaço Alkantara

Curated by João dos Santos Martins
20 and 21 / 26 and 27 of June – Espaço da Penha
1 and 2 of July – Espaço Alkantara


All sessions complete, we are not accepting further reservations.

Nothing to teach, everything to learn*


Imagining a study program is always a conflict between the ideal and the possible, between a certain imposition of a way of seeing and being in the world, and the creation of conditions to originate other worlds. I was invited to plan a study program for artists whose practice relates to dance and performance. This program was not as experimental as it could have been. Above all, we have tried to reject the secular division between technical disciplines in order to emphasize the exchange of practices between artists.

Stricken by a virus that we could not imagine would get any closeby, we have experimented with new formats and models of sharing, addressing, and witnessing, in which we have put to the test the ability and relevance of making art at the least conducive moment for its development. Perhaps, because of that, this was also the most urgent moment to raise questions about what it means to be an artist today.

The program of performances that we are now sharing publicly is not necessarily the result of the last six months of collective work but a showcase of heterogeneous processes initiated by a group of artists from the European and American continents that individually or collectively have tuned in, integrated, participated, activated or diverged from this study program. Their concerns range from distinct contemporary issues and practices that unavoidably also related to the diverse geopolitical contexts from which they derive. As much as they might resemble each other, they arise from very distinct affects: the recurring questioning of the social efficiency of art, the resonance between the organic and inorganic world, human and non-human bodies, the being and the other, the exact measure of poison to administer to heal, the interaction between rural and urban modes of life, the remains of a long-lasting night or celebration, the spaces in between, and the in-between spaces mingling nudism with nothingism.


“There are still those who say they miss everything when they cannot go out; that they have nothing to do — as if there would be a difference between doing and not doing.”
(*Lourdes de Castro, Letters to Lourdes: from 4 to 5, ed. Ricardo Nicolau, 2020.)


João dos Santos Martins


Special thanks to all the guests who participated in this programme

Ana Jotta (PT), Ana Pi (BR), Ana Rita Teodoro (PT), Bojana Cvejić (RS), Christine de Smedt (BE), Christophe Wavelet (FR), Chrysa Parkinson (US/SE), Eszter Salamon (HU), Joana Sá (PT), João Fiadeiro (PT), Jürgen Bock (DE), Miguel Wandschneider (PT), Moriah Evans (US), Paula Caspão (PT), Pedro Barateiro (PT), Rita Natálio (PT), Ricardo Valentim (PT), Scarlet Yu (HK), Vera Mantero (PT), Xavier le Roy (FR).

Information and Booking
All sessions are already sold out.

  • Due to the current situation and following the directives from DGS, the capacity for these showings is reduced and limited to 1/3 of the usual capacity of our spaces;
  • You can book separately for each presentation, or book the entire program on each day;
  • The reservation request is made to the email forumdanca@forumdanca.pt;
  • You will have to indicate in that email which days and shows you want to attend;
  • Make your reservation up to 72 hours before the start of each showing;
  • The reservation may consider two people only if they are cohabiting;
  • On the day of the showings, you must bring your own mask and / or visor;
  • You must comply with the rules of social distance, as well as the respiratory etiquette;
  • We appreciate that you attend because, given the reduced capacity of the spaces, when you do not appear you will be taking the place of someone else who would like to be equally present.

Thank you for understanding!

Complete Programme

CYCLE #01 | Espaço da Penha | 20 and 21 June


18h00 – The title was all I had, now I have nothing, Suiá Burger Ferlauto (BR), 30 min.
18h40 – Loose loop, Leire Aranberri (ES), 30 min.
19h20 – How to water fake plants, Maria Abrantes (PT), Ca. 40 min.
19h50 – Would you hire me?, Aline Combe (FR), 20 min.
20h15 – Apocalypse among friends or simply the day, Julián Pacomio (ES), 60 min.
From 18h00 – Masa (loo video), Laura Ríos (CU), 27 min.
You can consult the complete program of this cycle, in digital format, HERE


CYCLE #02 | Espaço da Penha | 26 and 27 June


19h00 – Letter to an emerging quantity, Marina Dubia (BR), 50 min.
19h50 – Pink noise, Alina Ruiz Folini (AR), 30 min.
20h45 – Looking Through a Sacred Flame, Isadora Alves (PT), 40 min.
21h30 – Chorume, Natália Mendonça (BR), 40 min
From 19h00 – Heat is life (loop video), Bianca Zueneli (IT), 25 min.

You can consult the complete program of this cycle, in digital format, HERE


CYCLE #03 | Espaço Alkantara | 1 and 2 July


19h00 – Aurora, Sara Vieira Marques (PT), 40 min.
19h50 – Heat is life, Bianca Zueneli (IT), 20 min.
20h20 – Porte, Laure Fleitz (FR), 20 min.
21h00 – Green Abyss or I never dreamt of it again, Isis Andreatta (BR), 35 min.
From 19h00 – How do we continue together (loop video), Emily Barasch (US), 30 min.
* – Vulture Realness Invocation or I just can’t be like this with you anymore, (vídeo), randy reyes (US/GT), 7 min.

*to define


You can consult the complete program of this cycle, in digital format, HERE

PACAP 4 Showings


PACAP — Performing Arts Advanced Programme is a training/creation program for professionals and students in artistic areas who intend to invest in a period of advanced experimentation, combining it with a theoretical investigation and the exercise of body and movement practices.

About PACAP 4

Performing Arts Advanced Programme

Curated by João dos Santos Martins
Financial support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
Support: O Rumo Do Fumo, Alkantara, O Espaço Do Tempo e Estúdios Victor Córdon
Partnership: Maumaus
Direction: Dora Carvalho
Production: Carolina Martins
Monitoring and Technical Direction: Zeca Iglésias
Production Assistant: Catarina Sobral
Communication and Image: Eduardo Quinhones Hall