Dan Dau

The staged concert, “Dan Dau”, is the outcome of the dynamics generated by “Uma História da Dúvida” (1998). The music   ̶ a fundamental component of Clara Andermatt’s works, where she often counts with the collaboration of composer João Lucas   ̶ attains an even bigger prominence in this piece, where the various sounds of Cape Verdean music   ̶ morna, batuque, rezas, choros   ̶ are interweaved with European and African sound textures, and where the urban sounds are present through rap, pop/rock and Jazz.

“Dan Dau” is a highly unusual concert; the music finds expression in the extreme energy and emotions conveyed by the movement of the dancers-musicians-singers: five Cape Verdeans, two Portuguese, one Spanish and the choreographer herself.

Example of multicultural relations, “Dan Dau” emerges from the knowledge and mutual enrichment of European and non-European cultural expressions, in a celebration of diversity and of common values.

 

“(...) These are popular roots that intersect with something improbable but truthful, in what they contain of curiosity, personal contribution and the compulsive desire to create. From the very beginning of the journey, two visions loomed in the horizon: a performance and an album. Opportunities to see and hear the new phase of an already long story of adventures and connections.”

Clara Andermatt (1999)

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Artistic director: Clara Andermatt | Musical direction: João Lucas and Clara Adermatt | Musical arrangements: João Lucas | Co-creator performers: Sócrates (Sócrates Napoleão Lima) – voice, bass, guitar; Felix (Felix Lozano) – voice, percussion, guitar; Boy (José Silva) – voz, percussão; Joãozinho (João Monteiro) – voz, guitarra, violino, cavaquinho; Paulo Temeroso – clarinet; Avê (Avelino Lopes) – bass, guitar, percussion; Kabum (Domingos Sá) – voice, percussion; António Pedro – drums, keyboard; Clara Andermatt – voice, keyboard | Collaborators for the conception: Pantera (Orlando Barreto), Butch (Aires Silva) and Nhelas (Daniel Rocha). | Songs: "Ciré" and "Batuko", by Pantera (Orlando Barreto), "Sodade", lyrics by Amandio Cabral and composition Luís Morais | Lighting designer: Carlos Ramos | Sound designer: Raul Ribeiro | Sound operator: Rui Dâmaso | Costume designer: Carlota Lagido | Costumes assistant: Isabel Peres | Props: Luís Amarelo | Technical director: Ana Paula Mendes | Tour Management: Ana Costa Santos | Production: ACCCA Companhia Clara Andermatt | Co-production: Teatro Nacional de São João, Tanzhaus nrw die Werksatt Dusseldorf, Pazo da Cultura de Pontevedra/ Concello de Pontevedra | Associated producer: O Acaso - Produção e Projetos de Espectáculos, Lda | Support: Instituto Camões, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/Serviço de Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento, Valentim de Carvalho Electrónica, Luminária Música, Teatro Trindade-Inatel | Special thanks to: Lúcia Sigalho/ Companhia Sensurround, João Fiadeiro, Carlos Gomes, João Paulo de Sousa, José Fortes, Nuno Rebelo, Andrew Swinnerton, Olho Associação Teatral, Nome Eira, Fórum Dança, Access All Areas, Rui Horta

Photos by Jorge Gonçalves, Augusto Brázio

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