In residency in January from 12 to 28, 2013
The title of Tânia Carvalho’s new creation is The Recoil of Words. It is a programatic title in which the choreographer affirms her belief that dance is a true language, capable of expressing the ineffable, the undefinable: “In my work, over the years I have become accustomed to think without using words. Instead, I think through the prism of movement, body intensities, rhythms, pauses, silhouettes and atmospheres. I try to let the images just come to me, accumulating them until they create a definite shape. I like the idea that movement is its own language. And it is for precisely this reason I choose to get rid of words.”
So there are no words in this new piece, instead there is music by Julia Wolfe, her piece LAD, originally composed for nine bagpipes and performed here live by Jean Blanchard. It is the point of departure from which the choreographer continues to explore the fertile links between music and dance, assisted by two colleagues with whom she has worked for years, Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Luís Guerra.
— Tânia Carvalho is a Portuguese choreographer who trained during the 90’s in Lisbon before dancing with, among others, Francisco Camacho, Carlota Lagido, David Miguel, Filipe Viegas, Vera Mantero and Luis Guerra de Laocoi. She also created many pieces before joining the collective Bomba Suicida, along with Marlene Monteiro Freitas and Luís Guerra.
In her latest creation, 27 bones (2012), she explored the strangeness of the relationship between music and dance, creating onstage a fantastical ambience, channeling German expressionist film.