c a r c a s s

Marco da Silva Ferreira. C A R C A S S
© José Caldeira/TMP
Marco da Silva Ferreira. C A R C A S S
© José Caldeira/TMP
© José Caldeira/TMP
Marco da Silva Ferreira. C A R C A S S
© José Caldeira/TMP

Marco da Siva Ferreira is a brilliant choreographer with an exciting and innovative movement language and a key figure in the new generation of Portuguese contemporary dance. C A R C A S S is a strong piece that uses dance as a tool to research community, the construction of collective identity, memory and cultural crystallization.


In C A R C A S S, Marco da Silva Ferreira uses dance as a tool to research about community, construction of collective identity, memory and cultural crystallization. The choreography, which initially starts with jumping footwork as an agitator and accelerator, progressively draws a vibrant, rebellious and carnivalesque body.

A cast of 10 performers form a collective that researches their identity in a physical, intuitive and unpretentious flow of the body, dance and cultural construction. They start from familiar footwork, coming from clubbing, ball’s, cypher battles and the studio to approach standardized and immutable folk dances related to their memory/heritage.

The steps, complex but made with simple sneakers, will bring not only the sound to the stage, but also the exchanges between kinetic, thermal and light energy. The physical sounds are accompanied by drums played by João Pais Filipe and electronic music by Luis Pestana. These elements, performed live, constitute an accelerated soundtrack that interconnects references from traditional music (for example, fanfares and marches), postmodern music and clubbing music (techno trance/dub).


MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA was born in 1986. His path in the performing arts was self-taught through dance styles that flowed in an urban context with afro-descendant influences. Between 2002 and 2010 the focus and lexicons of dance became increasingly diverse and closer to contemporary improvisation tools and composition.

Professional performer since 2008, Marco has been dancing to André Mesquita, Hofesh Shechter, Sylvia Rijmer, Tiago Guedes, Victor Hugo Pontes, Paulo Ribeiro among others. The highlight in Marco’s career is HU(R)MANO (2013) which was in the Aerowaves Priority Companies (2015) and performed in national and international circuits until 2018.

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
Artistic Assistance: Catarina Miranda
Performers: André Garcia, Fábio Krayze, Leo Ramos, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Max Makowski, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis, Nala Revlon
Light Design: Cárin Geada
Sound and Technical Direction: João Monteiro
Music: João Pais Filipe (percussionist), Luís Pestana (eletronic musician)
Costumes: Aleksandra Protic
Scenography: Emanuel Santos
Anthropological Studies: Teresa Fradique
Folklore Dances: Joana Lopes
Production direction: Mafalda Bastos
Production: Joana Costa Santos, Mafalda Bastos
Production Structure: Pensamento Avulso
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS
Co-production: Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Big Pulse Dance Alliance, co- produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), Julidans (The Netherlands), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland) and ONE Dance Week (Bulgaria), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, La briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de Marne, Maison des arts de Créteil, KLAP- Maison pour la danse, CCN-Ballet National de Marseille, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, December Dance (Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge), La rose des vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq, TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai
Support: República Portuguesa – Cultura, DGARTES – Direção Geral das Artes
Artistic residencies: A Oficina, Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança, O Espaço do Tempo, Teatro Municipal do Porto