Carcass | La Raffinerie (Brussels, Belgium)
Carcass | La Raffinerie (Brussels, Belgium)
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Carcass | La Raffinerie (Brussels, Belgium)




In C A R C A S S, Marco da Silva Ferreira uses dance as a tool to research about community, construction of collective identity, memory and cultural crystallization. The choreography, which initially starts with jumping footwork as an agitator and accelerator, progressively draws a vibrant, rebellious and carnivalesque body. 


A cast of 10 performers form a collective that researches their collective identity in a physical, intuitive and unpretentious flow of the body, dance and cultural construction. They start from familiar footwork, coming from clubbing, ball’s, cypher battles and the studio to approach standardized and immutable folk dances related to their memory/ heritage. 


These dances from the past crystallized and were not able to integrate new definitions of bodies, groups and communities that were considered minor. It was necessary to break with the authoritarian, totalitarian and paternalistic past. In C A R C A S S, an exercise that integrates the past and the present is proposed. 


Thinking about: How do you decide to forget and make memory? What is the role of individual identities in building a community? What is the driving force of an identity? What world is the individual and collective body going through? Or, rather, what bodies are crossing the world? 


The steps, complex but made with simple sneakers, will bring not only the sound to the stage, but also the exchanges between kinetic, thermal and light energy. The physical sounds are accompanied by drums played by João Pais Filipe and electronic music by Luis Pestana. These elements, performed live, constitute an accelerated soundtrack that interconnects references from traditional music (for example, fanfares and marches), postmodern music and clubbing music (Techno trance/dub). 


In 2020 the creation of CORPOS DE BAILE for Companhia Nacional de Bailado was the beginning of this research on collective, identity and footwork, which inspired the creation of C A R C A S S. 


Marco da Silva Ferreira was born in 1986 from Santa Maria da Feira and graduated in physiotherapy by Instituto Piaget, Gaia (2010), career who has never exercised but who focuses his studies on Health Sciences. The body practice began in 1996 through sport, specifically high-performance swimming. In 2002, he abandoned it to give way to body practices in performing arts. His path was self-taught through dance styles that flowed in an urban context with afro-descendant influences. Between 2002 and 2010 the focus and lexicons of dance became increasingly diverse and closer to contemporary improvisation tools and composition. In 2010, he won the TV contest So You Think You Can Dance- Portugal. 

Professional performer since 2008, have been dancing to André Mesquita, hofesh Shechter, Sylvia Rijmer, Tiago Guedes, Victor Hugo Pontes, Paulo Ribeiro among other. The highlight in Marco’s career are HU(R)MANO (2013) which was in the Aerowaves Priority Companies (2015) and was performed in national and international circuit until 2018. 


BROTHER (2016) consolidated an authorial discourse in a line of reflection on dance and its meaning today, creating connections with its origins and drawing a line made from the contemporary body. It premiered at Teatro Municipal do Porto-Rivoli and has toured extensively internationally and nationally, having also participated in Aerowaves Priority Companies, 2018. Bisonte (2019) is a performative identity that floats in an artificiality between hysterism and melancholy, playing with gender masks, power and fragility. SIRI (2021) is a collaborative work with the portuguese filmaker Jorge Jácome part of the Foundation d’entreprise Hérmes - New Setting Program. A Sci-fi Dance Piece were light robots and humans are dancing together. 


In 2022 it is planed the premier of førm Inførms with the South African Company Via Katlehong in Julidans festival; a duet titled Fantasie Minor with CND de Caen, and by the end of the year C A R C A Ç A that is part of Big Pulse Dance Alliance.


Between 2018/2019 Marco was associated artist in Teatro Municipal do Porto and in 2019/ 2020/ 2021 became associated artista in Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen in Normandie. 



Artistic Direction and Choreography Marco da Silva Ferreira 

Artistic Assistance Catarina Miranda 

Performers André Garcia, Fábio Krayze, Leo Ramos, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Max Makowski, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis, Nala Revlon 

Light Design Cárin Geada 

Sound and Technical Direction João Monteiro 

Music João Pais Filipe (percussionist) Luís Pestana (eletronic musician) 

Costumes Aleksandra Protic 

Scenography Emanuel Santos 

Antropological Studies Teresa Fradique 

Folklore Dances Joana Lopes 

Production direction Mafalda Bastos 

Production Joana Costa Santos, Mafalda Bastos 

Production Structure Pensamento Avulso 

Diffusion ART HAPPENS 

Co-production Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Big Pulse Dance Alliance, co- produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), Julidans (The Netherlands), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland) and ONE Dance Week (Bulgaria), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, La briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de Marne, Maison des arts de Créteil, KLAP- Maison pour la danse, CCN-Ballet National de Marseille, Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles, December Dance (Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge), La rose des vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq, TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai 

Support República Portuguesa – Cultura, DGARTES – Direção Geral das Artes A Oficina, Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança, O Espaço 

Artistic residencies A Oficina, Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança, O Espaço do Tempo, Teatro Municipal do Porto 

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