I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT (2019)
Luísa Saraiva & Carlos Azeredo Mesquita
Between February and April 2019, Luísa Saraiva, Carlos Mesquita and Frances Chiaverini asked 45 dancers in several European cities to describe, in detail, real or fictional performances based on their experiences as dance professionals. Departing from these descriptions, they developed a performance that explores the collective memories generated by the interviewing process and the relation between movement and language as simultaneous meaning-making processes. The basis for the dialogue, movements, and attitudes of "I know it when I see it" comes from the imaginations of the 45 interviewed dancers. Their imaginary dances are reenacted, reinterpreted and bastardized.
Concept, Artistic Direction: Luísa Saraiva e Carlos Azeredo Mesquita
Artistic Collaboration: Frances Chiaverini
Performance: Frances Chiaverini, Carlos Mesquita, Luísa Saraiva
Text Analysis: João Francisco Barreto
Music: Julius Gabriel
Light Design: Rui Barbosa
Sound: Ricardo Cabral
Costumes: João Rôla
Participants/Choreographic material gathered in collaboration with: Aaron Davis, Alejandro Russo, Alexandre Archour, Ana Renata Polónia, Ana Rita Teodoro, Angela Diaz Quintela, Beniamin Boar, Blanca Noguerol Ramirez, Bryan Campbell, Catarina Miranda, Charlotte Virgile, Claire Vivienne Sobottke, Cristina Planas Leitão, Cyril Baldy, David Marques, Filipe Pereira, Francisco Pinho, Frank Willens, Ine Claes, Inês Campos, Jacob Storer, João dos Santos Martins, Johann Geidies, Jorge Puerta Armenta, Leyla Postalcioglu, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Marcus Baldemar, Margaux Marielle-Trehoüart, Maria Ferreira Silva, Meri Pajunpää, Michael Helland, Montserrat Gardó Castillo, Pedro Prazeres, Petr Hastik, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Rósa Ómarsdóttir, Sheena McGrandles, Simon Hartmann, Theo Livesey, Tiago Coelho, Tilman O’Donnell, Tyshea Suggs, Vincenzo Carta
A production from Luísa Saraiva & Carlos Azeredo Mesquita, coproduced by Circular Festival de Artes Performativas, with the support of Maschinenhaus Essen. Funded by Kunststiftung NRW, Fundação Gulbenkian, Stadt Essen, SHUTTLE (Câmara Municipal do Porto), Goethe Institut and with the support of Espaço do Tempo, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Circolando, Armazém 22 and Companhia Instável.
Premiere: September 20th 2019, Circular Festival de Artes Performativas, Vila do Conde