ΛƬSUMOЯI 

spectrum in repetition — visibility mechanisms — interstitial topography — apotropaic dance

ΛƬSUMOЯI is a dance piece for a quintet and a luminous stage.
This creation is based on the Japanese Noh Theater piece Atsumori, written by Zeami Motokiyo in the 15th century, in which the ghost of a child warrior returns to the battlefield to avenge its own death.
Having studied this play in Kyoto (2018), Catarina Miranda was inspired to develop her own narrative, addressing the double affect for loss and the beginning of cycles, as well as the attraction for the unknown.

The transgressed body wants to establish contact and assert itself at its maximum potential.
The quintet of dancers uses claps, whistles, sparks, whispers and vocal calls, while occupying an interstitial space through an apotropaic and rhythmic choreography, in a game of specters, shadows and metamorphoses, revealed by different levels of visibility.There are echoes and traces of the gestures of ancestral and contemporary social dances, here twisted and reconfigured, as if bodies and time were unfoldable, dismemberable, transitional.

The scenic light, developed by Letícia Sckrycky and Joana Mário, plays an active role in this game of shadows, amplified by Lechuga Zaphiro's musical composition, revealing the bodies that dissolve, that transform, that seek to emerge and coexist.

The highly codified system of Noh and the archetypal dimension of its dramaturgical structure are operated here with a formal outline that turns the abstract and inhuman narrative into a maximum aestheticization of the real. This conquest of time by designing the body for maximum otherness is a fundamental point of this creation.

Catarina Miranda has been developing and presenting creative projects mainly for the stage, which are characterized by the construction of topographies and bodies, simultaneously archetypal and trans-human.
In 2018, the artist took part in the Traditional Theater Training course at the Kyoto Art Center in Japan, on the gestural and musical tradition of the Noh Theater.

 

CIRCULATION
27th April 2024 — Abril Dança Festival — TAGV/ Coimbra PT
30th April & 1st May 2024 — DDD Festival — TMP/Porto PT
17th & 18th May 2024 — Centre Pompidou/ Spectacles Vivants — Paris FR
31st May 2024 — Festival One Dance Week — Plovdiv BLG
8th June 2024 — Teatro Aveirense — Aveiro PT
10th & 11th January 2025 — TM São Luiz — Lisboa PT

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TEAM
Artistic Direction, Choreography, Costumes— Catarina Miranda
Choreographic co-creation & Performance — Cacá Otto Reuss, Joãozinho da Costa, Lewis Seivright, Maria Antunes and Melanie Ferreira
Performer replacement ­— Hugo Marmelada
Light Design — Joana Mário, Leticia Skrycky,
Music Composition — Lechuga Zafiro
Sound Design — José Arantes
Scenography Conception — Catarina Miranda, Joana Mário, João Brojo, João Ferreira, Letícia Skrycky,
Dramaturgical Research Support — Carlos Azeredo Mesquita, Ece Canli, Fernando Oliveira, Jonathan Saldanha
Executive Production — João Brojo
Construction and Transport — Tudo Faço


PARTNERS
Production — Diagonal Animal /PT
Production & Diffusion — Materiais Diversos /PT
Co-production — Centre Pompidou/ Spectacles Vivant (Paris/FR), Charleroi Danse - Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie-Bruxelles (Bruxelas/BE), One Dance Week Festival (Plovdiv/BG), Teatro Aveirense (Aveiro/PT), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto/PT), São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisboa/PT), OOPSA (Porto/PT).
Residency Support — CRL - Central Elétrica (Porto/PT), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie (Caen/FR), Centro Cultural da Malaposta/Minutos Redondos/Câmara Municipal de Odivelas (Odivelas/PT), Montpellier Danse/Agora (Montpellier/ FR), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo/ PT), Teatro Académico Gil Vicente (Coimbra/PT), Teatro Viriato (Viseu/PT) and Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto/ PT).

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