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Almanac 2016: Gustavo Monteiro (Porto, Portugal)

Almanac 2016: Gustavo Monteiro (Porto, Portugal)

Looking for the face I had before the world was made
“Looking for the face I had before the world was made” it’s a journey through the labyrinth of the mind. Who am I? This is a question that it’s common to all and that it’s part of our instinct, but for which society has created rules to suppress in order to go against chaos in our heads. Francesca Perrucci, a born performer, will in a kind of sacrifice or a kind of self-imposed life sentence (as if Zen-like passivity meets a hollowed-out capitalist madness), challenge her limitations in order to discover new answers about herself and the world around her. “Looking for the face I had before the world was made” is an emotional and touching performance. CREDITS: Created: 2015 Choreography & Direction by: Gustavo Monteiro Created with & Performed by: Francesca Perrucci Music: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Dramaturgy Support: Luis Mestre Teaser recording & edition: Francisco Moreira Artistic Residencies: Companhia Instável (Porto), Collectif Au Quai (Brussels) Special thanks to Ana Figueira for the support that she gave.

Production History:
2015: April 25th | DansCentrumJette | Brussels, Belgium ; June 30 | “desNORTE” Mosteiro de São Bento da Vitória | Porto, Portugal ; September 17 | “Palcos Instáveis Primeira Obras” Teatro Municipal do Campo Alegre | Porto, Portugal ; September 25 | “In works” SignSix | Brussels, Belgium


Artistic Statement:
Gustavo Monteiro was born in Porto, Portugal on 14th June 1992. Graduated in 2014 from the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD) in Austria under direction of Susan Quinn. In the academic year of 2012, SEAD rewards Gustavo with a “Mentors’ Award” in recognition of his outstanding work as a student and dancer. Between 2010 and 2014, he was involved in several creation with Rootlessroot, Martin Nachbar, Michicatzu Matzune, Helder Seabra, Hubert Lepka, Mia Lawrence and Michal Mualem. On the beginning of 2015, in parallel to his work as performer, he started developing his own choreographic work and since then he created and produced “Looking for the face I had before the world was made”. This piece performed in main theaters such as Teatro Municipal do Campo Alegre and Teatro Nacional Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória, both situated on the city of Porto in Portugal. In 2015, he worked as performer with Marco da Silva Ferreira, for the opening ceremony of “Loulé. European City of Sport” and he was part of a new creation by Cie LaFlux (Juha Marsalo & Caroline Savi) that was premiered in Paris. For the year 2016, Gustavo in collaboration with Francesca Perrucci, will create his new artistic production “The heart is a muscle and You know it can (h)old” (working title). Currently the activities of Gustavo Monteiro are focused around: – The creation, production, distribution and promotion of his own artistic work – The freelancing in professional projects as dancer, assistant or choreographer – The organization of events and educational activities





Photo by: José Caldeira

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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