Land. Occupation. Inside and outside. Return and remake. These are keywords that could be used to characterise this work of choreography, which was initially created for the Lithuanian dance company Aura and is now recreated with Portuguese dancers. "4 million" was the piece's original title and it was presented in the context of the Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE 11, with set design by the plastic artist Patricija Gilyte. In a reference to the problem of the Lithuanian population rate, the piece worked as a poem of intensification of the land and as movements that might evoke millions of sensations. To this end I explored the sensual and volumetric plasticity of the foam suggested by Patricija. During the performance that special land is an extension of the dancers, it becomes part of their bodies, it is an extension of them. The dancers are craftsmen of that land or simply those who walk on it, sometimes they are fragility on that surface, at others they are motors of the movement of that surface (here I evoked the neo-concrete ballets of Lygia Pape, which I have had the opportunity to recreate).
Né Barros is a choreographer and dancer. Throughout her career she has pursued her artistic and scientific work in tandem. As well as Balleteatro, an organisation she founded and directs, she has worked with Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Portugal's National Ballet Company) and Ballet Gulbenkian. She teaches at Esap and by invitation at various institutions.
Choreography: Né Barros
Set design: Patricija Gilyte
Music: Antanas Dombrovskij
Performers: Bruno Senune, Elisabete Magalhães, Joana Castro, Jorge Gonçalves, Pedro Rosa, Sónia Cunha
Lightning design: Alexandre Vieira
Costumes: Jordann Santos
Support: Aura Dance Company, Ideias Emergentes
Approximate duration: 35 mins
24 ABR — 12 mAI 2019