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Almanac 2016: DEMO (Dispositivo Experimental, Multidisciplinar e Orgânico) (Guimarães, Portugal)

Almanac 2016: DEMO (Dispositivo Experimental, Multidisciplinar e Orgânico) (Guimarães, Portugal)

“PRESENÇA” is a show that crosses theater, dance, sound art and interactive technology. The show is based on the concepts of “presence” and “absence”, held as the substance for both experimentation and sound interaction. Stillness, silence, the natural sound of the moving body, sound processing and amplification, the handling of materials and objects, as well as the mapping of both space and body, come together in the creation of new states, of multiple dimensions. In this sense, the creative process found in real-time sound interaction the dramatic link between the different media in a single plastic whole. “PRESENÇA” is, therefore, a show in which music composition and technological interactivity bring to the spotlight a presence that cannot be felt and an absence that is actually very present.

Production History:
Teatro Estúdio do CITAC, Coimbra; Centro Cultural de Amarante.


Artistic Statement:
DEMO (Dispositivo Experimental, Multidisciplinar e Orgânico), founded in 2010, it’s a collective of artists that focuses on artistic research, creation and production grounded in the performative and visual arts, while its practical purpose is to put together performances both in Theatre and Performance Art, and Music, to organize workshops, exhibitions and publications. It aims at supporting the growth of a critical approach through the dynamism of art by sharing and exchanging knowledge and thoughts, and by merging different disciplines. DEMO’s artistic agenda is therefore set on the education of new audiences and in the decentralization and internationalization of portuguese art. It is composed by Cheila Pereira, Cláudio Vidal, Gil MAC, Margarida Cabral and Paula Rita Lourenço who assume a joint artistic direction. All the members did training in theater and have graduation and master’s degrees respectively in international relations/theater, communication design/butoh dance, graphic design, sculpture, education/theatre. They share the same artistic and aesthetic positions enabling them, through DEMO’s creation-research projects, to develop an artistic identity while experimenting the interflow of various artistic languages, where visual plasticity is one of its features. Their work seeks a balance between the experimental component of the creations and the educational and / or community activities where the public sometimes takes a creative and participatory role.






Photo by: demo

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.

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