Marco da Silva Ferreira


Portrait of Marco da Silva Ferreira

Big Pulse Scaling Up Artist

Marco da Silva Ferreira

Born in Santa Maria da Feira, Marco began his dance career in 2004. Since then he has worked with Companhia de Dança do Norte, Companhia Tok’art (Made in time, 2011 and You never know how things are going to come together, 2012), and Companhia Instável (Fuga sem fim, 2011).

In 2012, Marco performed in Hofesh Shechter’s project Shelters; Elisabeth Lambeck’s EXIT 211-A; Sylvia Rijmer’s Anatomization at CCB boxnova, and Victor Hugo Pontes’ projects Rendez-vous and A strange land. He won Eurobattle 2009 in the “New Style” category and also won the TV show So You Think You Can Dance – Portugal.

As a choreographer, he premiered his first solo, Nevoeiro 21, in Palcos Instáveis at Campo Alegre theatre in 2012. It has also been presented in the Solos Festival (Lisboa, Évora and Torres Vedras), as well as in maisImaginarius 2012.

In May 2013, Marco premiered the award-winning piece of maisImaginarius 2013 Réplica…éplica…éplica, a site-specific solo dance work. In June, Marco created Ailha with Victor Hugo Pontes, during a dance residency provided by 37.25-Núcleo de artes performativas and Walk&talk Azores festival. Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault, a co-creation with Mara Andrade, was presented in Palcos Instáveis in October 2013 and in GUIdance 2014.

In 2014, Land(e)scape, a multi-disciplinary collaboration with a visual artist and sound installation was presented in Imaginarius and he premiered Hu(r)mano, which has been selected to represent Portuguese Young Artists 2015 and selected as an Aerowaves Twenty15 performance. He was the choreographic assistant for the play Hamlet (2014) by Mala Voadora and in Veraneantes (2017) by Nuno Cardoso; he was also artistic assistant of Victor Hugo Bridges in the creations Se alguma vez precisares da minha vida, vem e toma-a and Carnaval (both in 2016).


Carcass (Working Title)


Scaling Up Co-Production


The choreography starts with energetic footwork as a stirring engine progressively creating a vibrant, rebellious and carnival-like body. It uses connection with the ground as a force for a new take-off, requiring the core to remain compact and elastic. It is not a dry body that shows the impact, but a body in motion and challenge. It does so in a joint and integrated way in a group that is both support and structure, in what appears to be a young community.


A cast of 10 to 12 dancers use a physical vocabulary from a contemporary urban social context to form an identity and lexicon (house, kuduro, Top Rock, hardStyle, etc.). Through a slow and structured process, they connect with dances from memory / heritage that share a focus on footwork (European folk dances), and form a temporary community which uses dance as a para-historic magnifying glass.


They create a physical, intuitive and unpretentious flow over the body, dance and identity – the body in movement is conductor, taking the present moment as opportunity for constant redefinition. They manipulate the bars, rhythms, marks and rules to which they dedicate themselves, delay or gradually break. Starting with familiar movement taken from clubbing / battles from cyphers and the studio, they propose to leap into footwork that is eventually ‘deadened’ (if any dance dies). They slip into a transtemporal discourse, as true as the adjustments that their bodies make, whenever they challenge the universe while they dance.


Carcass is a Big Pulse Dance Alliance co-production, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), Julidans (Netherlands), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland), ONE DANCE WEEK (Bulgaria) and presented by Zodiak - Side Step Festival (Finland), International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA (Czech Republic), Torinodanza Festival (Italy), Dance Umbrella (UK), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Co-produced by Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, 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


República Portuguesa – Cultura, DGARTES – Direção Geral das Artes

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