Dinis Machado Double Bill: Paradigm/Cyborg Sunday

20-21 May 2016





A performance by Dinis Machado (SE/PT)


Folklore is the body of tales, music, dance, and so forth, common to a particular population. [New World Encyclopedia]
A ritual is a sequence of activities involving gestures, words, and objects, performed in a sequestered place, and performed according to set sequence. [Merriam-Webster Dictionary]
In Paradigm, we work on a DIY folklore for bodies with blurry identities, created through fictional artifacts, narratives, dances, rituals and songs.
Paradigm is a dance of an exoticism from nowhere. A ritual claim for difference and citizenship. A landscape created from a cadavre exquis of paradoxical references coming from the places where we were born, the places where we live, places we have never been, and most of all, from fictional places. All of them glued together with daily practice.
The body, as a mechanical piece of a bigger organic body – the stage itself. This body engages in a ceremony with consequences that are never direct or evident, but it is also a figure of labor coming from a time before the division between the architect and the bricklayer. A working body producing abstract symbols with concrete materials and a complex homemade engineering.
A body that through this practice enters a process of abstraction, attempting to escape its own anthropomorphism.
To be a human, as to be the theatrical building, disengaged of the pursuit of a (cultural) essence.
Cyborg Sunday
a project by Dinis Machado
Performed in Portuguese with Ágata Pinho, Isadora Monteiro, Gonçalo C. Ferreira, Gonçalo Valves and Ana Rocha.
Developed with Anna Koch, Gonçalo Ferreira, Isadora Monteiro, Nikolas Kasinos and Vicky Malin.
with the artistic collaboration of Catherine Long
and with Pedro Machado as outside eye

Dinis Machado’s ‘Cyborg sunday’ starts with four people remembering out loud a story which will still happen. The story, about a day in the life of a group of people who live together in harmony, is told through the performers’ impressions, their filtered recollections and individual sensibilities. As they strive for accuracy their memories trigger physical sensations that fleet form whilst keeping their intention. Slowly their actions get more fragmented, loosing not only meaning but physical substance. But this is no chaos, no free for all. Instead everything is ultra considerate and as their social masks fall we are guided into an imaginatively rich world, something as personal as it is ephemeral. Even when they try each other’s hairs, the more practical and mundane of their actions, this is done not for effect, not for impact, they do it simply because they can do it. They can be each other without ceasing to be themselves. After all, reality seems to be the fiction they create and share, they are in control.
As the story unfolds, it’s characters, including Dinis himself, cohabit intimately. They sleep, cook and eat, and film themselves while the movement from the performers becomes more and more tenuous so that even direct references, to a hamburger for instance, loose their literal impact, perhaps movements are also being ‘unmasked’. The only thing that seems to matter is how the diverse cast remembers and relates to the story, their personal perspective united by an external reference. If the story is the frame of the piece it is the performers who hold everything together through the possible representations that never take place.
‘Cyborg sunday’ works like a seductive labyrinth where Ariadne’s thread leads one not to the exit but deep inside a dense intangible world. [Pedro Machado]
Developed in residency at ImPulsTanz (Vienna), Dance4 (Nottingham), NEC/Câmara Municipal do Porto (Porto) and Weld (Stockholm)
Coproduced by Corp. and Dance4
With the support of ImPulsTanz in the framework of Life Long Burning supported by the Culture 2013-2018 Programme of the European Union
Developed with the grant for the arts from the Arts Council England
Dinis Machado is an associated artist from ZDB/Negócio
Costume research collaboration with Nottingham Trent University


Paradigm was created:

With original music by
Hanna Kangassalo (SE/FI), Robert Tenevall (SE), Erik Sjölin (SE)
with additional voices by Lillemor Tenevall, Kai Kangassalo, Gonçalo Ferreira, Britta Amft, Dinis Machado

Set, light and costume construction
Dinis Machado (SE/PT)

Outside eyes
Pedro Machado (BR/UK), Gonçalo Ferreira (PT), Jorge Gonçalves (DE/PT)

Produced by Corp. (PT) and Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (PT),
with the associate Producer Clair Hicks (UK)
and administration by Interim Kultur (SE)

With the co-production of
Weld (Stockholm/SE), Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto/PT), Dance4 (Nottingham / UK) and Gothenburg Dans & Teater Festival (Gothenburg/SE)

Created In residency at
Weld (Stockholm/SE), MARC (Kivik/SE), Campo Alegre Teatro Municipal (Porto/PT), Alkantara (Lisboa/PT), Gothenburg Dans & Teater Festival + Vitlycke Centre for Performing Art (Gothenburg/SE), Devir/Capa (Faro/PT), Dance4 + Lace Market Gallery (Nottingham/UK)

With the support of
Konstnärsnämnden (SE), Kulturrådet (SE), Arts Council England (UK) and DGArtes/Secretaria de Estado da Cultura (PT)

Dinis Machado is an associated artist of
Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (PT) and Weld (SE)

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