Clarice Lima, Catarina Saraiva, Aline Bonamin and Nina Fajdiga

Brazil / Portugal / Slovenia

Portrait of Clarice Lima, Catarina Saraiva, Aline Bonamin and Nina Fajdiga

Big Pulse Open Artists

Clarice Lima, Catarina Saraiva, Aline Bonamin, Nina Fajdiga

Clarice Lima (Brazil) is a dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. Her trajectory is marked by an intense artistic production, with national and international visibility. She graduated at Amsterdam School of Arts - MTD Netherlands 2006 and worked with Cristian Duarte / LOTE, Nina Fajdiga, and Jan Fabre / Troubleyn, among others. With her dance platform, FUTURA, she develops partnerships and creative strategies, moving between the languages of dance, performance and visual arts. She has presented her works at the most important Brazilian dance festivals and abroad in Portugal, Greece, Spain, Slovenia, Belgium, Chile and Uruguay.


Catarina Saraiva (Portugal) works between the European and South American continents. At the moment she is the curator of Linha de Fuga and Festival Verão Azul (Portugal), and continues her connection with the South American continent with several projects, institutions and artists. She was the curator of Movimiento Sur (Chile) and of Panorama Festival (Brazil). Saraiva is interested in the development of critical discourses and the production of knowledge through art and in the synergies that can be developed between the two continents.


Aline Bonamin (Brazil) graduated in dance at Anhembi Morumbi University (Brazil). Since 2013, she has worked in collaboration with Clarice Lima at FUTURA as a performer and choreographer assistant in a number of works, including Árvores / Trees, Dance Hurts, Supernada EP01 and Bichos Soltos. She works as a performer with Cristian Duarte and Uxa Xavier.


Nina Fajdiga (Slovenia) is a choreographer, performer and teacher, and graduated from the Amsterdam School of Arts - SNDO Netherlands 2007. In 2006 she received an award for the most promising young choreographer by Amsterdam’s ITS festival. Her works have been supported by the European Cultural Foundation, Slovenian Ministry of Culture, and produced and co-produced by DWA Amsterdam, Huis aan de Werf Utrecht, La Caldera Barcelona, Tanzhaus Zurich and shown in various international dance festivals. As a performer, she has collaborated with David Zambrano, Pere Faura, Clarice Lima, Georg Hobmaier, Katie Duck, Matej Kejžar, Simone Truong, Matjaž Pograjc, Sinja Ožbolt, Mateja Bučar, Gyula Cserepes, Vita Osojnik, among others.



Bosque / Woods


Open Air Co-Production


Bosque / Woods is a desire to create roots in the city. The performance pursues the idea of impermanence and instability of the body, nature, climate and collective practices. With the collaboration of local participants, who will stand together upside down, the body inverts space and questions time. For how long will the body stand? For how long will the forest stand?


The research goes beyond the idea of creating a landscape in the city, potentiating collective practices. We need more than to plant trees in the corner of the cities, on the side of streets or where it's convenient for human beings. The performance explores other possible ways for a body to resist, to persist, to carry through potentialities against the concrete city, the lack of nature, the climate changes, the missing trees and the forgotten woods.


The duration of this collaborative performance will vary according to the ability of each person to endure the head standing. The bodies’ struggle to remain upside down calls attention to the struggle that nature itself faces. Eventually, and at different times, each body-tree falls to the ground, one by one, where they remain until the last performer falls. The concepts of empathy and solidarity lead the dramaturgy: no one leaves until the last one resists; we don't leave anyone behind; we support each other. Thus, we call attention to the importance and strength of the collective and the possibility of diversity within it, in the same way that nature could resist in its biodiversity. Bosque / Woods is a piece for contemplation, where the public can be called to a place, but also wants to take the audience by surprise – people who pass by and who risk stopping for a moment and looking at the forest.


This work is a proposal to look at these issues in a poetic, powerful, ambitious and collective way. As the Brazilian indigenous movement leader Airton Krenak says "....human beings have forgotten that nature is not separated from us, nature is something that we are". Within these woods, we – nature – want to resist as long as we can, together, as one.


Bosque / Woods is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (The Czech Republic), Sismògraf Dance Festival (Catalonia - Spain) and Julidans (The Netherlands) and presented by Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


This presentation is happening with the support of Perform Europe as part of the Woods project.


Comments from audience members:


“I’m breathless. The physical performance is incredible. I’m amazed.”


“I was attracted by the colours, it’s so beautiful. I had to stop and have a look what it is about.”


“You can feel it positively or negatively. It’s just up to you. It’s about pausing for a second, being open and letting it talk to you.”

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