HIP. A PUSSY POINT OF VIEW

/ Piny

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( SYNOPSIS )

Manifest. Raw, rude, about doubt and power. I put the pelvic space in the arena as a taboo, as a producer of movement, as a physical space that contains reproductive and sexual organs, holes and erogenous zones. Trauma and pleasure.

It is a combat, entertainment, a club, a sacred space, a cabaret, a room. It is an explosion cry but very contained about the private and the public, the rituals of before and today; everything without a defined geography, except the body. I bring the Hottentot Venus and assume the power that was taken from her as much as the deep pain of the exposure to which she was subjected. I grab and transform. I travel through time, through the feminine and masculine of being a woman in a social and political space of power and vulnerability, in the demand for freedom, fun, pleasure and trauma. It is the claim of the space of the body (ies), the liberation from fear, leaving the body ahead in the fight.

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( BIO & CREDITS )

Human being.
Born in Lisbon, daughter of Angolan parents. Started Middle Eastern Dance classes in 1999 and in 2003 the focus is shared with Hip Hop culture. Finished a BA in Architecture and after in Dance and started the company Orchidaceae, where she seeks a common space for Urban Dances, Clubbing, Contemporary Dance and Fusion Belly Dance. As a performer she worked with Filipa Francisco, Tiago Guedes, Victor Hugo Pontes, Ricardo Ambrózio, Tânia Carvalho, Cristina Planas Leitão and Marco da Silva Ferreira. Her first creation “(i)logical body”, premiered at Emerging Creators – 2011. She choreographs for her company and also highlights “Periférico” by Vhils. In 2019 “HIP. A pussy point of view” debuts. Currently she’s preparing her new creation “.G Rito”. Since 2014 she teaches internationally.

Concept, choreography, performance and HIPzine Piny
Sound design Pedro Coquenão
Lighting design Carolina Caramelo
Video edition Maria Antunes
Costumes Veronique Divine and Piny
Dance research with Blaya, Louise L’Amour, Catarina Branco, Stella Capapelo, Carina Russo, Ariane Magri
Co-production of Teatro Municipal do Porto / DDD – Festival Dias da Dança
Artistic residencies Teatro Municipal do Porto – Teatro do Campo Alegre / O Espaço do Tempo / Estúdio Victor Córdon – artistic residencies

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( OPINION
  FROM A JURY MEMBER )

Bold and feverish, this solo piece by Anaísa Lopes (a.k.a. Piny) is a trance-inducing examination of the woman’s body focusing on its most sacred and violated core: the pelvic space, as the author puts it. Drilling on historical archetypes of female objectification and sexuality such as Saartjie Baartman (infamously known as the Hottentot Venus) and belly dance icons, HiP. A Pussy Point of View brings us forward towards its YouTube-era reincarnations (the hypersexual female bodies of the hip-hop and other urban music scenes, and most especially Brazilian funk, a very widespread genre in some Portuguese contexts), inviting all sorts of physical, ethological, aesthetic, social and political digressions.

Overall, it is a fascinating, feisty journey into the inner workings of a dancing female body, taken as both an erogenous and a war zone. Either you experience it as an in-yer-face statement on the power of the pelvis, despite all the traumas and aggressions inflicted upon it from time immemorial, or as a contagious, joyful celebration of its infinite possibilities, HiP. A Pussy Point of View is an absolute must-see.

Inês Nadais

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