João dos Santos Martins & Cyriaque Villemaux

photo: José Carlos Duarte
Autointitulado was made in order to forget a number of improvisations we danced in a studio designed for this purpose. These recorded dances, deleted since then, carried residues that we identified as influences, as many striking images. Each known or anonymous model, whose weight stiffens our limbs, has inspired the composition of dances according to our memory. The time gaps between the models we reproduced suppose a kind of narration. We did not exaggerate its effects. It is not about another staged dance history but a studio practice brought out of the aquarium to be asphyxiated once for all. If only.
The making of this piece would have been impossible without the help of technical devices which today could appear as basic: a cheap video camera, a cheap sound recorder, a so-called smartphone, two computers connected to Internet. These utensils were used in the simplest manner, most often far from our hands.
The recorded materials come from the following cities: Barcelona, Bruges, Brussels, Lisbon, Ostend, Porto, Santarém, Vienna. The dates coincide with the European summer holidays during the months of June, July and August. These materials were hence gathered in the manner of vacations' documents, ours and those of the people present at that same time.
                                        João dos Santos Martins e Cyriaque Villemaux, October 2015.
A project by and with Cyriaque Villemaux and João dos Santos Martins Light Rui Monteiro Adaptation and operation Pedro Correia Coproduction Circular Performing Arts Festival; Alkantara Festival Executive production and diffusion Circular Cultural Association Residencies Alkantara, O Espaço do Tempo, danceWeb in the frame of Life Long Burning Funded by European Union Culture Program, A22, Graner, Circular Performing Arts Festival Support Calouste Gulbenkian Fountation, Teatro Sá da Bandeira - Santarém Aknowledgements Fórum Dança, O Rumo do Fumo, Nome Próprio, O Espaço do Tempo, Aristide Bianchi, André e. Teodósio, Diana dos Santos Martins, Manuel João Martins, Polina Akhmetzyanova
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