Anomalias Magnéticas (Magnetic Anomalies)

“Anomalias Magnéticas” was created in 1995, when Clara Andermatt and her company were carrying out an artistic residency at Mindelo, in S.Vicente island (Cape Verde), the pedagogic project “CV Sabe", composed by a number of workshops directed by Andermatt, in collaboration with several artists from different areas. The initiative had the purpose of responding to the interest of Cape Verdean choreographers and dancers, following the creation and presentation of “Dançar Cabo Verde” the previous year.

Developed in a harsh and poor environment, “Anomalias Magnéticas” reflects these conditions in a simple and austere performance, constructed upon intense, emotional and mysterious movements which carry us to uncharted territories and unleash a cathartic response to the power of dance.

The dancers Amélia Bentes, Mónica Lapa, Felix Lozano, José Silva and Clara Andermatt follow a rigorous choreographic score that nevertheless preserves the distinctive nature of each one of them.

 

“Deep inside us, we harbour the secret ambition of conquering the world. The quest for power and knowledge led us to great deeds as well as great catastrophes, both on an individual level and on a planetary scale. While we are growing up, immersed in ignorance and confusion, the search for our own individual path becomes increasingly challenging. And in this search, driven by opposing energies, we are invaded by powerful feelings, the only true thing that we are able to apprehend from a reality that we are still unable to understand.”

Clara Andermatt (1995)

 

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In 1997, for the 2nd edition of “Dancem!” (“Dance!”) Festival, programmed by Teatro Nacional de São João, in Oporto, the choreographer Paulo Ribeiro dares three dance companies (Portugal – ACCCA; England – DV8 Physical Theatre; France – Compagnie Fattoumi-Lamoureux) to choose and restage some of their first works. Clara Andermatt brings to the stage “Só um Bocadinho” (1990) and “Anomalias Magnéticas” (1995).

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(1995)

Artistic direction and choreography: Clara Andermatt | Performers: Amélia Bentes, Mónica Lapa, Félix Lozano, José Silva and Clara Andermatt | Original music by: Vasco Martins | Costume designer: Vasco Eloy | Texts: excerpts from “A Arca” by João Pedro Grabato Dias and from “Tudo é Bonito” by Tchalé Figueira | Lighting designer: Orlando Worm | Lighting operator: Rui Marcelino | Stage director: David Mendes | Production director: Mónica Lapa | Production assistants: Nuno Goucha and Ana Camoesas | Co-production: ACARTE Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal State Department of Culture, CCB Centro Cultural de Belém, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Latina Europa | Support: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation - Serviço Cooperação com os Novos Estados Africanos, Cape Verde Ministry of Culture and Communications, São Vicente City Hall, Mindelo and Praia Cultural Centres of the Embassy of Portugal (São Vicente and Santiago islands), Cape Verde National Institute of Culture | Patronage: CTT, Correios e Telecomunicações de Cabo Verde | Special thanks to: Maria de Assis, Rui Tavares, Ana Paula Mendes, João Lucas and everyone that collaborated in “CV Sabe” project

(1997)

Artistic direction and choreography: Clara Andermatt | Performers: Amélia Bentes, Mónica Lapa, Félix Lozano, José Silva and Clara Andermatt | Original music by: Vasco Martins | Costume designer: Vasco Eloy | Texts: excerpts from “A Arca” by João Pedro Grabato Dias and from “The Secret of Life” by Uzume Taike | Lighting designer: Orlando Worm | Co-production: ACARTE Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Portugal State Department of Culture, CCB Centro Cultural de Belém, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Latina Europa

Photos by Jorge Gonçalves, José Fabião

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