ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR
apap artist Claudia Dias
Nov, 4, 2017
Like many others of my generation, as I child I was fascinated by Vasco Granja’s TV show, enchanted by the worlds he created with plasticine, cardboard, or a single line. Thirty-some years later, I evoke that world, namely the work of Osvaldo Cavandoli, for this second installment of the Seven Years Seven Pieces project.
Knowing that a line is the shortest distance between two points, Luca Bellezze and I have chosen this as the starting point for our live cartoon, made with a piece of string. Frame by frame, we build a visual and aural narrative that portrays, in a synthetic fashion, particular aspects of contemporary reality.
At a time when dividing lines, borders, barriers, front lines of conflict, queues and the drama of refugees standing in line to be identified, lines demarcating national waters, and the hard lines of the radical factions of political and religious organizations are the order of the day, we intend to work on a unifying line, able to hold together things that are separate.
Concept and directed by: Cláudia Dias
Guest artist: Luca Bellezze
Text: Cláudia Dias
Performers: Cláudia Dias and Luca Bellezze
Critical Eye – Seven Years Seven Pieces: Jorge Louraço Figueira
Set and Lights: Thomas Walgrave
Animation: Bruno Canas
Technical Director : Nuno Borda De Água
Coproduction: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal; Teatro Municipal do Porto
Artistic Residencies: Teatro Municipal do Porto/Teatro do Campo Alegre; O Espaço do Tempo, Centro Cultural Juvenil de Santo Amaro – Casa Amarela
Acknowledgments: Ângelo Alves, Anselmo Dias, Ilda Figueiredo, José Goulão, Jorge Cadima, Paulo Costa
about the artist
Cláudia Dias was born in Lisbon in 1972. Began her Dance training at the Academia Almadense, proceeding with a scholarship from the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa (The Lisbon Dance Company). Further on, took a Contemporary Dance Performer course at Forum Dança and a Cultural Organizations and Project Management course at Cultideias. Cláudia is presently attending an MA in Arts of the Stage at New University of Lisbon. As a performer, Cláudia began at the Almada Dance Group, then on to the Ninho de Víboras collective. As a Re.Al. associate artist she became a central performer in João Fiadeiro’s creative work strategy and at the development, systematization and outreach of the Composition in Real Time Technique. Cláudia Dias created the pieces One Woman Show, Visita Guiada (A Guided Tour), Das coisas nascem coisas (Out of Things Things Are Born) and the performance/ installation 23+1. Along with Márcia Lança, Cláudia maintained a choreography composition workshop that later gave birth to the piece To sell: Sunny Nation with Ocean View. She was also a performer on John Romão’s play As a Country I’m Dying. Cláudia’s recent solo Vontade de ter Vontade was considered the 3rd best show by the newspaper Expresso, and the 4th best show by newspaper PUBLICO, of the year 2012. This solo has also been nominated do SPA - Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores awards. Her work as a choreographer, performer and teacher has been nurtured by several production structures, theatres and festivals, in Portugal as well as internationally.