Jorge Salavisa, at the time director of one of the most important venues for the performing arts in Lisbon, the São Luiz Teatro Municipal, invited two artists from different artistic backgrounds to develop a piece that would bring together the different aspects of their artistic domains. The result was “Durações de Um Minuto”, that is neither a dance piece nor a film nor a time-based media artwork, but that naturally reflects the particular approach with which a choreographer and a filmmaker address a specific theme.
Clara Andermatt and Marco Martins brought together actors, dancers, and musicians, with contrasting ages and different training and professional backgrounds.
The performers were asked to contribute with some autobiographical experiences for a common reflection on how time is perceived, experienced, lived, and spent. The stage becomes an enclosed space, like a capsule, where the temporal references are lost and, for that very reason, time expands or shortens, depending on the way each character experiences it.