O Toque (The Touch)

“O Toque”, created in 2010 for the Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (CPBC), is a piece constructed over Vítor Rua’s musical composition. Along the experimental sessions of music composition, Andermatt and Rua improvise within a given set of guidelines, creating rhythms, soundscapes, textures, and density, that are the base for the choreography. To create the choreography Andermatt adopts the same experimental processes used for the creation of the sonorities, and, together with the CPBC’s ten dancers, discovers the emotions and the movements that give body to the piece.


“(…) We journeyed together, and we still do, always conscious of what we are doing, and not on how we are doing it. Being an abstract piece because of the methodology used for its creation, it is nonetheless spontaneously inhabited by characters, objects and emotions that play and make sound. A touch blowing from the other end of the world, like a strong wind. We never know when it is going to touch us, and, often, why and how it touches us.

Sound is eternal and space is infinite.

Where they come from, I don’t know, but they are perfect indeed!”

Clara Andermatt (2010)


Concept and choreography: Clara Andermatt | Original music: Vítor Rua | Music performance: Clara Andermatt (percussion and voice) and Vítor Rua (eletronics) | Recorded in: Red Tape Studio by António Duarte | Costume designer: Aleksandar Protic | Lighting designer: Rui Simão | Choreography assistant: José Román | Rehearsal assistant: Cláudia Sampaio | Dancers: Emílio Cervelló, Ricardo Freire, Henrique Lima, Susana Lima, Liliana Mendonça, Ana Rocha Néné, Gustavo Oliveira, Fábio Pinheiro, Rita Reis, Isadora Ribeiro

Photos by Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo

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