Black Cats Can See in The Dark But Are Not Seen

A project by Dinis Machado

With David Cabecinha and Jorge Jácome
Costume collaboration with Ian Mcinnes

"Black Cats... comes from my fascination to provisory structures and nomad ways of life. More than a work “about” nomadism I work to construct a nomad performance in itself. The performance as the suspended time in between the rising and the destruction of this provisory place. On stage, three operators work on this process that becomes also a fiction.  Around this architectonic gesture that crosses the performance, they will physically put together heterogeneous materials, creating a dramaturgical density that invites us to another space, through this continuos “doing”. In the end of the performance, over the scenic remains, there will be nothing left to see, to keep or to buy... Only this immaterial “know how” embodied on the agents of this performance through the experience of the daily reconstruct of this space that reenacts this event for the public. They have nothing (to lose). Their patrimony is a certain specific technique." Dinis Machado about his work.


Lisbon, ZDB/Negócio in the context of Festival Temps D'images 27th to 30th November 2013 at 9.30 pm

Other presentations:

Nottingham, Waverley Studio Theatre, 14th January
London, Chelsea Theatre, 16th January

Next presentation Zagreb, PRIX JDE LAB  29th April 2014 

Black Cats Can See in The Dark But Are Not Seen was developed in residency at MDT (Stockholm), Dance4 (Nottingham) and Agora Collective (Berlin).

Produced by Corp and Dance4  Co-produced by Cullberg Ballet in the framework of "Life Long Burning" supported by the Culture 2013-2018 Programme of the European Union Project developed with the grant for the arts from the Arts Council England Supported by the internationalization grant of Fundação Caloust Gulbenkian, ZDB, Nottingham Trent University and Citemor  Administration: Interim kultur Dinis Machado is an associated artist from ZDB/Negócio. 


MODUL 6 - swarming the event horizon

A project by Rasmus Ölme

In collaboration with Linda Adami, Ulrika Berg, Dan Johansson and Tilman O´Donnell, Rasmus Ölme has, during the autumn 2012, worked on MODUL 6. They called their common body The Swarm. From individual and shared interests The Swarm developed a score that treats elements that The Swarm considers constitutive of a performative choreographic situation. During 2013 The Swarm shares the work with another group entity: the Prague based group MeSa, through the participation of Karolína Hejnová, Andrea Lamešová and Martina Hajdyla Lacová.

The work springs from, and turns around, concepts like spectating, becoming-animal, pre-linguistic thought, composition as meaning production, kinaesthetic presence, time sculpture and deconstruction of representation through the three terms of mirroring, reflection and diffraction.

MODUL 6 is a study in becoming through movement, and in the relation beween thinking and doing. In this case the thinking and doing can be represented by composition and improvisation. For example, playing chess you think before you do and what´s done cannot be undone. Then, on the other hand, what would it be to start by doing and to avoid defining the action through thought? The compositional side of the work is a certain sense making and choreography can be seen as a way to structure meaning. A line in space appears, or a movement is repeated, and structure appears.

MODUL 6 is aiming for a dynamic relation to choreography in which structure appears out of doing. Thinking through doing. The next level in the work is the question of how we frame the transmission of what we are doing to the audience. As the first sentence here above claims, the work is a study and the performance is both a result of the study and a part of it.

Next presentation DOCH, Sweden on the 19 May 2014!