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© Mickaella Dantas


TRACE is a project of artistic creation
about the gesture of tracing and annotating movement
about tracing a path in the territory with the body
and also about eroding and opening holes

TRACE is a project that reflects on the path of human beings in a their symbiotic relationship with the surrounding environment, through 3 actions: breathing, walking and being still. These actions will be developed as choreopolitical agents, which operate through movement for a consciousness of the body and the territory. It will be online throughout 2021 via 12 scores, 3 sound pieces and 3 videos. The scores will be published monthly and the rest of the materials at the Spring equinox in March, the summer solstice in June and the Autumn equinox in September. There will also be 3 workshops (date and place to be announced).

The 3 actions that are the at basis of this project, are also 3 primordial gestures of humanity. This triad belongs to the matrix movements of the human being, breathing the action that gives life and in its absence removes it. Walking the act that makes us move forward and search. Being still the fundamental gesture that intersperses each and every movement. They are also gestures that create a space for deep reflection and awareness of the body, ourselves and the world, when explored beyond their function as involuntary mechanisms. These actions are still matrix to all beings that live either in movement or in quietness, and happen in a continuous and symbiotic relationship with the environment.

The writer Clarice Lispector mentioned in her book “The hour of the Star”: “everything in the world started with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born”. In addition to one molecule saying yes to another molecule, according to science, one bacterium ate another, had indigestion and a cosmic cannibalism occurred. In addition to a cosmic cannibalism, catastrophic eruptions and chemical battles were also necessary for our planet to be as it is. Only after these tremendous battles did oxygen become king of the atmosphere and life began to emerge, as we know it today. However, before the oxygen victory, much more happened. There was a prehistory of prehistory of prehistory. The universe never started! Therefore we know that the universe does not really begin and that regardless of our idiosyncrasy, we belong to one another, we live in cooperation. Life operates through relationship and affection, through contagion and infection and not just through reproduction.

Artistic and Technical Information


concept and direction: Sara Anjo
artistic collaboration: Flora Détraz, Mickaella Dantas and Nádia Yaracema
video & graphic design: Joana Linda
sound design: Artur Pispalhas and Duarte Ferreira (Hidden Track)
proofreading: Ana Luísa Valdeira
translation: Miguel Cardoso
executive production: Cláudia Teixeira
communication: Inês Lampreia
financial management and administration: Vítor Alves Brotas
production: agência 25
support: Dançando com a Diferença; Fundação Salinas do Samouco e Instituto das Florestas e Conservação da Natureza (Ilha da Madeira)
residencies: Alkantara; O Espaço do Tempo; Estúdios Victor Córdon; Neighbourhood Dance Works
co-production: Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias
project supported by: República Portuguesa – Cultura | DGARTES – Direcção Geral das Artes
project co-financed by COMPETE 2020, Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

the scores, videos and sonics are objects co-funded by COMPETE 2020, Portugal 2020 and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.

  • © Joana Linda
  • © Joana Linda
  • © Joana Linda
  • © Joana Linda
  • © Joana Linda