Poemas de Amor (Love Poems)

In “Poemas de Amor”, poetry and movement concur in a search for the meaning of love and for the need of pleasure and intimacy.

During the creative process, Andermatt asked the performers to write poems, as a basis for research and reflection.

With its rhythmic, metric, and emotive structure, the choreographer creates animalistic forms to convey the idea of a love that is at times convulsive and sexual. The set is intentionally unrealistic, an artificial space that lies somewhere between fiction and strangeness, and that underlines the ambiguity of situations from which emerge untamed depths of feeling, without prejudices, shame, and modesty.

“Poemas de Amor” premiered at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s “Encontros ACARTE”, in a double bill programmed by Clara Andermatt, which started with a concert featuring the Cape Verdean composer Vasco Martins.


Artistic direction and choreography: Clara Andermatt | Dancers: Amélia Bentes, Mónica Lapa, Félix Lozano, José Silva and Clara Andermatt | Original music: João Lucas | Costume designer: Carlota Lagido | Lighting designer: Rui Marcelino | Production: ACARTE Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Photos by Jorge Gonçalves

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