2029 - 2020
2019 - 2010

Parece que o Mundo (It Seems the World)

“Parece que o Mundo” brings together Clara Andermatt and the composer João Lucas, who has been a long-time collaborator of the choreographer. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s "Palomar", the piece encourages the act of observing, while examining the subjective relation that is established between the observer and the one being observed. On stage, a diverse group of dancers and musicians share an expressivity which interweaves the gestures of the bodies with the sounds of musical instruments in motion.

Dawn at Galamanta

“Dawn at Galamanta” is an inclusive contemporary opera written by the composer Christian Lindberg for a specific and heterogenous group of participants. The "LaB inDança" project started when Santa Maria da Feira's City Council invited Clara Andermatt to develop an area of social intervention, with the aim of giving the opportunity to people with disabilities to experience dance. This piece is performed by the project's participants and by the Youth's Orchestra and Symphonic Band of Santa Maria da Feira.

Suspensão (Suspension)

“Suspensão” is an enigmatic performance of an experimental nature that brings together Clara Andermatt and two composers, Jonas Runa and António Sá-Dantas, for a co-creation and a joint interpretation in different artistic fields. Light-sensitive sensors distributed throughout the stage are activated by the interference of the body, creating sound that is modulated by the movement of the interpreters, in a game of shadows and light that proposes new interactions between sound and movement.


Fica no Singelo (Keep It Simple)

In “Fica no Singelo”, Clara Andermatt explores and works with the universe of traditional Portuguese music and dances. Departing from a research into the multiple forms of popular dance (“baile”, in Portuguese, is a word that differs from dance, as it specifically means folk dance) and its social functions as well as their cultural meaning and the sort of dialogue they establish between the group and the community. In “Fica no Singelo”, Andermatt brings to the stage fragments of (still existing) manifestations of our traditional legacy, interpreting them in new ways and establishing a new type of relation between the traditional and the contemporary, and with agelessness.

Dance Bailarina Dance (Dance Ballerina Dance)

In “Dance Bailarina Dance”, a commission by Companhia Nacional de Bailado (National Ballet of Portugal), Clara Andermatt turns to the great American musicals from the 1940s and 1950s, jointly signing this new creation with composer João Lucas. Images from the screen are recreated onstage, in an approach that is simultaneously risky, experimental, and conducive to reflection. The music is interpreted by the Circular Orquestra Ensemble, conducted by Pedro Moreira.

Paris and Helen (Parid ed Elena)

Premièred in the second half of the eighteenth century, the opera “Paride ed Elena”, by Christoph Gluck, tells the story of the events that start with the judgment of Paris and end with the flight of Paris and Helen to Troy. A story of love and seduction, one of the most fascinating and enduring Ancient Greek myths. Clara Andermatt was invited by the Opera Studio of Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (ESML) to develop this project with the school’s students. For the mise-en-scène, Clara Andermatt’s opted for a contemporary aesthetic to depict this lyric opera, bringing new dynamics and equilibriums to the piece, by resorting to unusual systems for choreographing bodies and movement.

Vira como a Vida (Turning Around Like Life)

Clara Andermatt created “Vira como a Vida” with a Folklore group from the collectivity Casa do Povo of Serzedelo, and the rock band Macadame. Serzedelo is a village with around 4000 inhabitants in the North of Portugal. This piece was made for a programme in the ambit of Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture. “Vira como a Vida”, a show for the public space, was part of a parade led by the Catalan troupe La Fura dels Baus. The title derives from a traditional folk dance called “Vira”, which means spinning or turning round and round. In this piece, tradition and contemporaneity meet and intersect through sound and movement.

Deriva (Drifting)

A book by Alexandre O’Neill, called “Uma Coisa em Forma de Assim”, gave the name to a programme devised by Companhia Nacional de Bailado, the National Ballet of Portugal, to commemorate the 2011 International Dance Day. The National Ballet invited nine of the most well-known Portuguese choreographers – Clara Andermatt, Francisco Camacho, Benvindo Fonseca, Rui Lopes Graça, Rui Horta, Paulo Riberiro, Olga Roriz, Madalena Vitorino e Vasco Wellenkam – to create short pieces for the company’s dancers, to music composed and interpreted by the pianist Bernardo Sassetti. Clara Andermatt’s piece, within this programme, is called “Deriva”.


Durações de um Minuto (The Duration of a Minute)

Invited by Jorge Salavisa, at the time director of one of the most important venues for the performing arts in Lisbon, the São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Clara Andermatt and the film director Marco Martins speculate over how each minute is spent along our lives, and the way people relate to time and memory. “Durações de Um Minuto” is a piece based on texts by Gonçalo M. Tavares. The dancers, actors and musicians were asked to contribute biographical details for the construction of the performance.

2009 - 2000


Ten years after “Dan Dau”, the work that crowns an intense period of creativity inspired on Clara Andermatt’s relationship with Cape Verdean culture, the choreographer resumes, in 2009, that relationship, creating “VOID”, a collaboration with two interpreters from past works. A year later, Andermatt brings to the performance yet another element of that shared past - the percussionist Kabum - and names it “VOID Elétrico”, a piece to be played outdoors, with a renewed organic structure.

Meu Céu (My Heaven)

“Meu Céu” is a street show created by Clara Andermatt for a town in the North of Portugal called Santa Maria da Feira. “Meu Céu” brings together a remarkably diverse team of dancers, actors, composers, traceurs, a group of performers aged 60 years or over, a rock band and a lyric singer. Appropriating the architectonic characteristics of the site and constructing a dramaturgy from the musical composition of João Lucas and Vítor Rua, “Meu Céu” is a large format production that brings together experimentation, risk and engagement, and that invites the audience to embark in a kind of community ritual.

E Dançaram para Sempre (And They Danced Forever)

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the National Opera House, asked Clara Andermatt to accept the challenge of developing a piece based on André Hellé’s "La Boîte à Joujoux", a ballet for children. Andermatt rose to the challenge and created “E Dançaram para Sempre”, a choreography for an adult audience, that questions the ambiguous intimacy with the toy box, and the innocence or perversity that it summons in each of us. The plot of the piece and Debussy’s music gave Andermatt ample possibilities to expand the narrative, exploring the imaginary and the real within the narrative context of this classical piece. Andermatt invited to work with her the visual artist Joana Vasconcelos, the pianist António Rosado, and the interpreter Marcelino Sambé.

Silêncio (Silence)

Invited by the Festival Temps d’Images, Clara Andermatt creates “Silêncio”, a work where she looks for new understandings of what goes beyond the field of dance, in order to relate it to image and sound. For this creation, Andermatt invites the composer Vítor Rua, the Danish choreographer and dancer Peter Michael Dietz, with whom she shares the stage, and the French filmmaker F.J. Ossang, drawn by the singularity of his work and the confluence of thoughts and concerns.


“Polaroid” is a “double solo” by Clara Andermatt, a new work made after the trilogy dedicated to Cape Verde. In “Polaroid”, movement, sound, and image are articulated in order to form one single idiom, based on the choreographic discourse. An omnipresent giant screen establishes the connexion and interacts with the stage, both on the aesthetic and the narrative levels. Parallel timelines run in the same body: acceleration and slowness, the virtual body, the body under stress, the body that absorbs every event.

1999 - 1990

Uma História da Dúvida (A Story of Doubt)

“Uma História da Dúvida”, created in Cape Verde, is an outstanding work, both in Clara Andermatt’s career and in the history of Contemporary Dance in Portugal. The result is a large-scale production, passionate and strikingly visual, where music, movement and image combine. Fifteen male interpreters bring to the piece an intense physicality, and the powerful sonorities embody aspects of Cape Verdean culture. The piece was premièred at the 1998 World Exposition’s “Dive into the Future” Festival, in Lisbon. Clara Andermatt also received, in 1999, the Prémio Almada, the highest award from the Portuguese Ministry of Culture for this piece.

Anomalias Magnéticas (Magnetic Anomalies)

“Anomalias Magnéticas” was created in the aftermath of a pedagogic process developed in Cape Verde by Clara Andermatt, called “CV Sabe”. In “Anomalias Magnéticas”, the choreographer continues her artistic quest into the nature of power and knowledge and examines the opposing forces that inhabit each and every human being. The music is signed by the Cape Verdean composer and musician Vasco Martins, and the piece is interpreted by Amélia Bentes, Mónica Lapa, Félix Lozano, José Silva and the choreographer herself.

Dançar Cabo Verde (Dancing Cape Verde)

In 1993, Jorge Salavisa, who was responsible for the Dance programme for “Lisbon'94 - European Cultural Capital”, invited Clara Andermatt and Paulo Ribeiro to travel to Cape Verde to work together on a new piece, based on the encounter with the dances and the music from that country. “Dançar Cabo Verde” signals the start of a new relation between Portuguese contemporary dance and traditional African expressions, and a long and remarkable collaboration of Clara Andermatt with that country.

Cio Azul (Blue Heat)

“Cio Azul”, created in 1993, was a commission from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Serviço ACARTE. Clara Andermatt returns to the theme of love, exploring its multiple forms through carnal, sexualized bodies. A piece for four dancers, including the choreographer, and a singer-accordionist of popular music, Soraya Cristina, who performs live onstage. “Cio Azul” is the first of the many collaborations of the choreographer with composer João Lucas, and it is also her first piece to be the object of a wide international tour.