I found we need this creative collective force today as a public spirit. Adaptive, Imaginative, Collaborative. With this “fountain’ I want to liberate our patterns and ideas on social perspective side. We see too much ourselves as social human beings from a very anthropocentric perspective. By embodying the fountain, I want to explore and shift to other aspects of empowerment that as perhaps forgotten from modern life such as intuition, creative power, environmental relation, the relation to the other, essence, commonality. Intrigued by social sculpture I want to bring movement to the level of liberation.



The FOUNTAIN  has been a nomadic and collaborative project with choreographers such as Dani Lima (BR), Christine Bouvier (FR), Valentina Parlato (IT) and has taken as a starting point in public spaces with local groups as performance installation. Now residing in Espaco do Tempo, Portugal, Belfiore experiments and collaborates with the choreographer Rita Vilhena (PT) thinking about a format for an intimate and theatrical as public space.

A fountain brings its meaning from the Latin “fons”, it is a spring, origin. And it takes as its starting point the work of Bruce Nauman “Self Portrait as a Fountain”
When Nauman’s work, Self Portrait as a Fountain, was made, Naumann was at the beginning of his research on his role as an artist. The meaning and functions of a source changed over time, and also its role in public space.2783691640 copy

The Role of Public

Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide drinking water and water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns, and villages. Until the late 19th century most fountains operated by gravity. Ancient civilizations built stone basins to capture and hold precious drinking water. Roman fountains were decorated with bronze or stone masks of animals or heroes. In the Middle Ages, Moorish and Muslim garden designers used fountains to create miniature versions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France used fountains in the Gardens of Versailles to illustrate his power over nature.The meaning and the functions of a fountain has changed over time as it is the role in public space. The project will take a research exploring other formats in the relation of audience-performers. Some of the research as in Rio during the HOBRA residence will be done in public space. I want to learn with that more about the borders of space, what is common, shared and proximity. And to bring ideas of the role of the public into the theater, as well, new modes of spectating inspired by installation to create an experience.




The Garden of Earthly Delights, by Hieronymus Bosch, and the works of contemporary visual artist Aernout Mik, both Dutch, served as the inspiration to the choreographers Fernando Belfiore and Dani Lima that collaborated during the residence HOBRA. The performance comes from the allegory of the fountain to walk through the affections of current relations. They also had collaborated with other 21 artists from Rio that had participated thought out 5 days of experimentation.

Centro Casa Laurinda de Cultura – Rio De Janeiro – Brasil – Blog HOBRA 

Photo: Elisa Mendes

Participants ❤ Babi Fontana Carolina Repetto Clara Kutner Clara da Costa Dally Schwarz Fenanda Libman Francisca Pinto Joana Silleman João Rafael Schüler João Victor Cavalcante Julia Fernandez Karine Medeiros Barros Laís Castro Luar Maria Luisa Coser Luísa Pitta Maria Carolina Werneck Miguel Teixeira Pillar Rocha Toni Everton ❤



The Festival in Marseille Préavis de Désordre Urbain 2017 offered the space of residence and experimentation of for the French version of the fountain. The experiments took place at the Friche La Belle de Mai and two urban squares in the center of Marseille for the open audience.

Participants ❤ Lin Lin, Sanae Dannoune, Sébastien Mariat, Vale Vietro, Jeroen Maiastrart, Julien Gourdin, Jean Marei Delbart, Alejandro Gonzales da Rocha, Graziella Bouchet, Amaya Lachaize Muller. 


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Pictures from Rio made by Elisa Mendes bellow \/