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Almanac 2016: Thaise Nardim (Palmas, Brazil)

Almanac 2016: Thaise Nardim (Palmas, Brazil)

Storm or She will not get bothered at all she’s just watching the water at fall
Manipulating a translucent glass plate that has my height, my weight and the width of my open arms, I start the action dripping a small drop of water at the upper end of an standing glass, sustained only by my body. I follow the path of the drop with my eyes and movement, very slowly, while I equilibrate the glass with my body, until the drop touches the ground – which lasts about 40 minutes. Next, I put a new drop near to the first, and again I watch it way, following it and balancing the glass, until the ground. This sequence of actions is repeated for 8 times, totaling around 320 minutes. In the debut event of this work, I performed four sessions in four subsequent afternoonss, totaling 1280 minutes of drops putted and followed – 1280 minutes of delicate attention.

Production History:
Performance em Encontro – Encontro de Arte da Performance do SESC Campinas (Campinas, São Paulo, Brasil) – 2015


Artistic Statement:
I am working with performance since 2008, when I found in this media the possibilities that the theater did not satisfy through the acting work and training. My main research today is about changing states of attention, especially through the use of extended time frames, repeated actions, very slow movements and the use of small objects and simple details. I like to think my work like a visual poetry – a minimalist one. The pieces tend to be delicate, long and repetitive, and require much physical effort of my body to do the slow movements as well requires availability of the viewer to follow the small events that occur. Through this work I hope to discuss the modes of perception, appreciation and visual delight in contemporary times, suggesting to the viewer the need for other rhythms to live than those imposed by the our live system and the medias.






Photo by: Antonio Juarez

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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