Levanta os Braços como Antenas para o Céu (Lift your Arms Like Antennas to Heaven)

“Levanta os Braços como Antenas para o Céu” is the first choreography that Clara Andermatt created for a cast that brought together disabled and non-disabled performers. Andermatt departs from the perception of the difficulties, the limitations, and the differences between the performers, to obtain the best artistic results.

The name of the piece is drawn from a music by the Canadian band Godspeed Black Emperor, “Lift your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven”. It stands as a metaphor for praying; the arms raised to Heaven which, like antennas, transmit the prayers and the gratitude.


“To stand aside from the usual pattern of being functional between your twenties and your fifties. Work with bodies without hiding their differences and difficulties. Explore them. Face the fear and the confrontation with the limitations, theirs, and mine. It is like solving an equation by changing its premises. It is to find the points of convergence that exist between everything and everybody. It is to better understand the full spectacle of the world.”

Clara Andermatt (2005)


Choreography: Clara Andermatt | Original music: Vítor Rua | Lighting designer: Clara Andermatt in collaboration with Maurício Freitas | Costumes: Clara Andermatt in collaboration with Maurício Freitas | Dressmakers: Florinda Basílio, Clarinda Martins, Ivone Berimbau and Fernanda Nunes | Performers: António José Freitas, Bárbara Matos, Cláudia Filipa Freitas, Elsa Freitas, José Manuel Figueira, Juliana Andrade, Ricardo Mendes, Sofia Marote, Sónia Gouveia, Tânia Nunes, Telmo Ferreira, Vítor Viola and Viviana Rodrigues | Techcnical director (ACCCA): Carlos Ramos | Tecnhical supervisor (GDCD): Maurício Freitas | Sound operator: Rui Branco | Executive production: ACCCA Clara Andermatt Company | Co-production: ACCCA Clara Andermatt Company, Regional Delegation for Special Education and Rehabilitation (Madeira island)

Photos by José Frade, Estúdio4

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