/ Hugo Calhim Cristóvão & Joana von Mayer Trindade





The ongoing creation interrogates in the act and result of dance Bruno Latour´s concept of irreduction. The function of jouissance and voluptuousness in revolt and transgression, destroyer of strict borders and of abstract / elitist classifications, that it can imply. From such questioning we research the present insurrectional aspect of a thus called artistic creation, capable of fertilizing becomings, novelty, and the relieving from consensual alienations. We confront the theme with the experimentalism (formal, political, poetic) of the Ana Hatherly´s multidisciplinary work (Eros Frenético, O Mestre and Tisanas) where the playful, the formal, the baroque and the sensual, transgress and attack reductionisms of play and work, affection and concept, deviation and rule, pathology and sanity, debauchery and asceticism. A transgression-aggression that distorts , remakes, recombines, implodes, recontextualizes, exiles. In torture and ecstasy.

© João Peixoto


Joana von Mayer Trindade Choreographer, Performer and Dance Teacher. Holds a Master degree in Dance, MA SODA (Solo/Dance/ Authorship) at the University for the Arts in Berlin-UDK / HZT. Graduated in Psychology by University of Porto. Accomplished the course “Essais” at the “Centre National de la Danse Contemporaine d’Angers direction d’Emmanuelle Huynh / France and Course of Contemporary Dance for Performers run by Forum Dança/Lisbon.

Hugo Calhim Cristóvão Director, Teacher and Researcher. Currently is following a PHD in Philosophy (FLUP) and accomplished the Master in Contemporary Philosophy, with the thesis “The Dionysian, Zos vel Thanatos, and the Zoetic Art – Sorcery of Austin Osman Spare”. Holds a degree in Philosophy and Theater – Field of Interpretation and Direction for Actors (ESMAE-IPP).

Together they are co-founders of the research group NuIsIs ZoBoP (2004) and creators of the following pieces: “Abbadon”, “She Will Not Live”, “VELEDA”, “ZOS (She Will Not Live)”, “M E N I N A S”, “Nameless Natures”, “Heaven is just a blue disguise of Hell”, “Mysterium Coniunctionis”,  “Insatiability in the Case or at the Same Time a Miracle” and “Suicided – The Vice of Humiliating Immortality”

Direction, Choreography, Dramaturgy and Formation Hugo Calhim Cristovão & Joana von Mayer Trindade 
Dancers Sara Gil Agostinho e Bruno Senune 
Music and Sound Design Paulo Costa & NuIsIs ZoBoP
Light Design Pedro Nabais
Costumes UN T
Set design Jérémy Pajeanc & NuIsIs ZoBoP
Technical follow-up Miguel Ângelo
Theory and Philosophy Hugo Calhim Cristóvão, Celeste Natário, Carlos Pimenta, Cláudia Galhós, Cláudia Marisa, Ezequiel Santos, Hugo Monteiro, Rui Bertrand Romão, Rui Lopo, Mário Correia, Mariana Pinto dos Santos, Verónica Metello, Ana Stela Cunha, João Sousa Cardoso e Sofia Vilar
Graphic Design Hugo Santos
Video Andrea Azevedo 
Photography João Peixoto
Executive Production Paula Cepeda & NuIsIs ZoBoP
Coproduction Centro Cultural Vila Flor – Festival GUIdance, Theatro Circo, Centro Cultural de Belém e Asta-Festival ContraDança. 
Artistic Residencies Centro de Criação de Candoso e Fábrica Asa, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Circolando, Companhia Instável e Kale/Armazém 22
Coproduction  Residence:  O Espaço do Tempo 
Partners Instituto de Filosofia da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Instituto de Sociologia da Universidade do Porto, Escola do Superior de Educação do Porto, ESMAE-Escola Superior Música e Artes do Espetáculo do Porto, Universidade Lusófona do Porto, CITCEM-Centro de Investigação da Universidade do Minho, e Forum Dança /Biblioteca Camões

Project financed by República Portuguesa – Cultura / DGARTES – Direcção Geral das Artes

© João Peixoto


With Joana von Mayer Trindade & Hugo Calhim Cristóvão we enter the magical-performative dimension of the living arts. With each new piece, they explore to the exhaustion the symbolic and muscular power of the body. Everything participates in everything, as an extension of being in the world while being in art: excess, eloquence, the commotion of delivery, the reconstruction and reorganization of iconographies, the wound opened in blood in a body that is more than desiring, sexual, even happily orgic, coexist with the ethereal of the mystical, spiritual and even religious. These intersections and contaminations and disturbances create a unique identity trait to the work of the pair that, with each new creation, triggers two simultaneous paths: of philosophical research and choreographic research. This path that opens in parallel, overflows from one to the other without being translated into each other. This time, they started from the experimentalism (formal, political, poetic) of the multidisciplinary work of the Portuguese writer Ana Hatherly (‘Eros Frenético’, ‘o Mestre’, and ‘Tisanas’) and the obscene poet Bocage, with references also to Bruno Latour. Towards the end of the year, another book will be published that brings together the interventions of the many participants in the meetings and debates raised by the same thematic challenge that inspires dance. However, the two bodies of the dancers will tell (most likely without recourse to the word) of the mystery of life that pulsates in the veins with codes of movement fertilized by the paradoxes that coexist and assert themselves insurrected in the foundation of an intermediate being, which may give rise to trance rituals or voodoo, somewhere between the brutal awareness of the presence in the moment and its dissolution in the presence of a memory, which we may or may not have lived. They will always be bodies in revolution, claiming formal, political, sexual and poetic freedom, always radical.

Cláudia Galhós


Joana von Mayer Trindade + 351 966859193

Paula Cepeda +351 965843240

Hugo Calhim Cristóvão +351 966149405