2011 The miserable thing

The miserable thing got an award as best direction at ACT Festival in Bilbao in 2012 and it was selected to ITS Festival Choreography Award in Amsterdam. It was performed at MELKWEG THEATER  (NL) | PUNCH FESTIVAL BELLEVUE THEATER (NL) | ITS FESTIVAL CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD AMSTERDAM (NL) | FORUM OF LIVE ARTS AMSTERDAM (NL) | WITTE THEATER (NL) | UFERHALLEN STUDIONS BERLIN (GE) | NEU/NOW FESTIVAL TALLINN (EE) | ACT FESTIVAL BILBAO (SP) | FESTIVAL QUINZENA DE ALMADA (PT) | PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL COPENHAGEN (DK)

 FLAM (Forum of Live Art Amsterdam) is a week of international live performance art presentations, happening in Arti et Amicitiae.

The miserable thing is a choreography that researches intensities, alienations and submissions present in our body.

The miserable thing proposes unfinished events, which intends to trigger the audience mind/imagination and (dis)place the audience in other possible forms of engagement. Composed with shifts and strong cuts the piece researches how the body can allow itself to change abruptly the whole space by shifting the state of the mind through movement quality and time. Deconstructing linearity and giving possibility to access different ways to deal with perception and meaning, space and time.

This piece comes to expose a practice of living bodies in relation with living bodies; giving importance and bringing  attention to the notion of performativity of those bodies.

Concept by Fernando Belfiore

Created and embodied by Antonio Maia and Fernando Belfiore

Dramaturgical advice by Katarina Bakatsaki

‘We consume in order to render our lives pleasurable and meaningful’  Slavoj ZiZek  2011-03-19_0606_D3S22652011-03-19_06622011-03-19_0657

The piece is composed with layers, which sometimes contrasts and/or strengthens the  body/physicality of the performance. At one important layer, the sound of the piece dialogues with physicality of the bodies creating suggestions and exposing materiality for the audience to enter in the universe created by the piece. The way it relates to the audience, proposing a breakthrough a logic of senses and not it intentions to simply entertain or reproducing conventional relation for the body/mind, is what gives the political side of this piece. A critical collage is being used with songs as material in the piece. The song from the grandiloquent opera Carmina Burana ‘O fortune’, meditation instructions for achieving richness or even becoming a millionaire, a disco song  ‘What a wonderful world’ asking for hope and togetherness, pop and mass multicultural songs made for the radio.

The collage relates and refers with the physicality of the piece. The two bodies does not touch. When the encounter happens it is dry, mechanical, full of tension and force. The physicality breaks with the naturalist action. Movement is taken in extremes. Or its very minimal or strongly big and intense. Middle tones are out and transitions are not necessary. In this mode, paradox and contractions can bring the complexity for the piece. The movement is explored giving artificiality and plays with time where the imagination towards these bodies can be accessed. The waving movement used in the choreography brings the machinic notion to the body, and opens up space and possibilities for the audience. The movement plays with paranoid alertness, alienation, violence and power. The dance considers the social body, how our body is explored and fetishised. And yet considers and want to celebrate sexual energy.

Investigating, the notion of hallucination the piece brings many elements, which intends to encounter different access to the mind. For example, the piece counts with light, which gives colored shadows to the performer. Emphasizing the suggestion and invitation to another logic of perception to exposed manipulation of reality. Ritualistic, this colors will lately materialize in liquids coming out of the body. The black shadow comes in the end. It is a huge amount of, not by chance, black oil.

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What a wonderful, wonderful world

Imagine a world

With no color

everyone will respect one another

Imagine a life with no ending

Everyday will be a new beginning

A life that is happy and strong

Full of things that’ll never go wrong

So come on let’s hold, get together

And let’s sing this song forever

What a wonderful world

Ohh yes

This will be

This will be

What a wonderful world

What a wonderful world

This will be

This will be

This will be

What a wonderful world

This will be

What a wonderful world

This will be

What a wonderful world

Oh yes

This will be

This will be

What a wonderful world

This will be, be, be, be

| ||So come on let’s hold, get together||And let’s sing this song forever|| |

| ||So come on let’s hold, get together||And let’s sing this song forever|| |

| ||So come on let’s hold, get together||And let’s sing this song forever|| |

| ||So come on let’s hold, get together||And let’s sing this song forever|| |

FLAM (Forum of Live Art Amsterdam) is a week of international live performance art presentations, happening in Arti et Amicitiae.

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