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I'm sitting in a room different from the one you are now

I'm sitting in a room different from the one you are now

I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now

Even when venturing into the realm of the plastic arts, João Fiadeiro still feels the presence of the body in the performing space. The lights intensify shadow and silhouette, the photocopier duplicates the dancer's face with a grimace worthy of Bacon. The body is ill-treated, the face distorted, the skin pulled with clothes pegs. The image is blurred, like the voice, which is distorted, stretched out and which soon melts into a haunting acoustic vibration…An irrevocable confrontation of the body with its own image.

“My solo work has become a special area in which I can undertake a painstaking investigation of my reasons for continuing to dance, of my rapport with objects – always straightforward and easy to read – and my relationship with the audience, that abstract entity with which one maintains the illusion of a dialogue. I say simultaneously what I already know – the reaction (the opposite of action) is always more important – and what I don't know via a personal, almost private, exhibition of all my imperfections.”

João Fiadeiro

Updating: April 2010

Fiadeiro, João

João Fiadeiro (1965) belongs to the generation of choreographers that emerged towards the end of the 1980s and who gave rise, in the sequence of the American post-modern movement as well as the movements of the French and Belgian Nouvelle Danse, to the Nova Dança Portuguesa [New Portuguese Dance]. A large part of his formation was carried out between Lisbon, New York and Berlin, after which he joined the Dance Company of Lisbon (86-88) and the Gulbenkian Ballet (89-90). In 1990 he founded RE.AL, a centre for research and artistic residencies, which not only constitutes the basis for the creation and diffusion of his work but also hosts transdisciplinary events and supports emergent artists by organizing laboratories and artistic residencies. He regularly teaches and present is works across Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and South America. His research and know-how, accumulated both as a dancer and as a choreographer – namely through composition and improvisation techniques –, is taking him closer to the kind of research pursued within science (specially some of the research carried out in cognitive and complex systems science), as well as to the kind of work we can find in fields like economics or design. In the past years, he has been invited to give talks, master classes, and act as a coach in various institutions connected with those fields.


Source : João Fiadeiro's blog


Further information : re-al.org

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).

I'm sitting in a room different from the one you are now

Choreography : João Fiadeiro

Interpretation : João Fiadeiro

Original music : Alvin Lucier

Lights : Pedro Machado, à partir d'une idée de João Garcia Miguel

Other collaborations : Photographie Jorge Gonçalves, avec la collaboration de Marta Wengorovius, João Simões, Narcisa Costa et Sofia Gonçalves

Duration : 52 minutes

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