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Play False
António Cabrita e São Castro
Contemporary Dance Performance
Authors Award Winner 2015 > Dance | Best Choreography

Only Humans are known for questioning about a purpose of life beyond the simple and basic need for survival. Or the nature of existence itself. What we are, and what conditions us.

 

A journey through the human condition confronts us with our historical and social existence. The quest for a meaning leads us to the urgent need for an articulation between man and his limits, taking him to the authentic but to the false as well.

 

Who better than Shakespeare to talk about mental conflicts, emotion vs reason or even what’s beyond words?

 

Resorting to the psychology and human behavior of characters like Lady Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and Richard III to question their own issues, using their words and actions as subject for our gestures and movements.

 

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ARTISTIC CAST

 

Concept, Choreography & Interpretation

António Cabrita and São Castro

 

Music

António Cabrita and São Castro

 

Costumes

Catarina Morla

 

Costumes Design

Nuno Nogueira

 

Technical Direction

João Frango

 

Production & Diffusion

Vo'Arte

 

Co-Production

Centro Cultural de Belém

 

Acknowledgements

Catarina Câmara, Claudio Hochman and Maria de Assis 

 


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About the Creation

In this new creation, we intend to work the theme of human condition. What we are, what conditions us, in what way we control that definition of ourselves before the world and the others. To what extent we play false in an attempt of representing the self, perceiving that game as something authentic...or the opposite. 

 

After a first artist residency, we wanted to resort to something concrete from the point of view of the creative stimulus. Something that would blend in the abstract world of dance. Something completely opposite to our last creation, Wasteland.

 

When we thought about human condition, a name automatically came up. No one has ever explored and known the theme of human condition as well as Shakespeare did. However,  we knew from the very beginning that it wasn’t our aim to use his plays as a base for the piece’s creation, but only to use some of the characters created by him.

 

Play False leads us not only to the creation of a character, but also to the deconstruction of the character’s personality itself. Many emotions are distorted, but they also mingle with reality. We don't want to fully dive in the world of theater, but only to use characters that stimulate us to research, think, experiment and build something  on the body that can only usually be found in the «layer» of philosophical thought - our human condition.

 

By a happy coincidence, we’ve recently discovered that 2014 is the year in which the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth will be celebrated!


 

António Cabrita and São Castro, July 2013

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BIOGRAPHIES

 

António Cabrita has a degree in dance by the Escola Superior de Dança in Lisbon, was formed in the the National Conservatoire Dance School, he also studied dance at the Joffrey Ballet School in NY, cinema at the New York Film Academy, and studied advertising at the Restart - School of Creativity and New Technologies in Lisbon.

He works as a dancer, choreographer, film-director, photographer and musician. In the last years he worked in pieces from several choreographers, like RuiHorta, Né Barros, Silke Z, António Tavares, TâniaCarvalho, between others. He founded and worked as a artistic director of Espaço M in Lisbon between 2003 and 2004. Since 2009, he collaborates with CiM Company, integrating interpreters with cerebral palsy. 

 

São Castro started her dance studies in Balleteatro Professional Dance and Theatre School in Oporto and finished a degree in Escola Superior de Dança (Superior School of Dance), Lisbon.  Worked in Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, artistic director Vasco Wellenkamp and was a dancer of Ballet Gulbenkian until its extinction. Started as a freelancer working with Benvindo Fonseca, Sofia Silva, Rui Lopes Graça and danced both Feminine and Maiorca projects of Companhia Paulo Ribeiro.  Hightlight the participations in The Rite of Spring of Companhia Olga Roriz, Suggestions for Walking Alone, piece of André Mesquita, Durações de um minuto of Clara Andermatt and Marco Martins and  Icosahedron of Tânia Carvalho. She was awarded with the Silver Medal of Value and Distinction by the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon and since January of 2017, together with António Cabrita, has assumed the artistic direction of the Company Paulo Ribeiro.

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