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© Rui Palma


There are seven of them, like the days of the Creation.  Seven dancers or physical incarnations of controlled oneirism.  They rise up, moving between a sour limbo of waking and sleep, trance-like and conditioned.  That of their demiurge is also on stage, Tania Carvalho, at the piano.

Light is ‘day’ and shadow is ‘night’.

This piece is called ‘Oneironaut’, the name used by travelers able to control their dreams and change the outcomes, devising a world of images that makes sense to them alone.

Tânia Carvalho is one of them.  A creator who invites us to witness her lucid journey.  A clairvoyant. Spectators of dream fragments at times dark as those of a choreographer who has long sought to evict the outcomes of her nightmares.  Strangling them out of the darkness. Letting loose the tricks that play on her mind.

Tânia Carvalho creates moving, chilling paintings, which jolt you like disturbing dreams, from which you wake up groggy and trembling.  But always inspired.  Awakened.

(original by Quentin Dusser, translated by Rebecca Vicenzi)

Artistic and Technical Information


choreography and direction: Tânia Carvalho
rehearsal assistant: Luís Guerra
musicians: André Santos, Tânia Carvalho
dancers: Bruno Senune, Catarina Carvalho, Cláudio Vieira, Filipe Baracho, Luís Guerra, Marta Cerqueira, Nina Botkay
music: Frédéric Chopin, Tânia Carvalho
light design: Anatol Waschke, Tânia Carvalho
costumes: Cláudio Vieira, Tânia Carvalho
shoes: Só Dança Vegan Line
technical direction: Anatol Waschke
sound technician: Juan Mesquita
production: agência 25
executive production: João Guimarães (até 2020), Vítor Alves Brotas
administration: Janine Lages
communication: Maria João Bilro
artistic residencies: Centro Criação de Candoso – Centro Cultural Vila Flor, CSC Garage Nardini – Bassano del Grappa, KLAP Maison Pour la Danse, O Espaço do Tempo
coproduction: Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Culturgest, KLAP Maison Pour la danse, Teatro Municipal do Porto Rivoli – Campo Alegre, Théâtre de la Ville – Paris
finantial support: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
support: Com Calma – Espaço Cultural, Vítor Pires – Transportes de Pianos, Loja das Maquetas
sponsorship: Só Dança
acknowledgments: Academia de Bailado de Guimarães