Black cats can see in the dark but are not seen

A project directed by Dinis Machado with David Cabecinha and Jorge Jacome. Costume collaboration with Ian McInnes supported by Nottingham Trent University.

16th Jan 2014, 7.30pm
Tickets: £12/£10
Suitable: 16+
Contains flashing lights, nudity and sexual references.

Black Cats comes from Dinis’ fascination with provisory or temporary structures and nomadic ways of life.

More than a work ‘about’ nomadism he works to construct a nomadic performance in itself, with a running narrative of a life over time.

The work develops around an evolving set that brings a sense of being in operation or construction. This scenography is built and destroyed in each performance, generating a choreography of labour that underlines the fleeting condition of the performative gesture in comparison with the ‘eternity’ or fixed sense of the building that hosts it.

The performance unfolds as ‘the suspended time’ between the rise and destruction of this temporary place. The operators physically assemble various materials to create a dramaturgical density.

On stage, three operators work on this architectural process that also becomes a fiction in itself. In the end of the performance, over the scenic remains, there will be nothing left to see, to keep or to buy…



Produced by Corp and Dance4. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Co-produced by Cullberg Ballet in the framework of ‘Life Long Burning’ supported by the Culture 2013-2018 Programme of the European Union. Supported by the internationalization grant of Fundação Caloust Gulbenkian and Nottingham Trent Univeristy. Administration by Interim Kultur.

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