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The other side of the dance

May 29 and 30
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    A conversation with Diana Niepce (director and performer of the piece), Àngels Margarit (Mercat de les Flors director) and Joâo Lima (choreographer, performer and educator)

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  • Duration

    40 minutes

  • Rate

    12 €



  • Schedule

    18 h

  • Room

In previous work, dancer, choreographer and acrobat Diana Niepce depicted the process surrounding her self-recovery after a fall from the trapeze in which she suffered a spinal cord injury. As a performer, she has since then been searching for new ways of expression, a language that introduces the disabled body into the ‘dance establishment’. In the process, the spectator is challenged to cast aside norms related to the aesthetics of the body. In her solo The Other Side Of Dance, Niepce analyses the history of dance and the hierarchical principles that spur the body on to movement. She does not spare her own body anywhere quite the opposite, she puts it to a severe test. With minimal staging and sometimes biting sarcasm, Niepce shows the non-normative body not as a victim but as a revolutionary entity.

Diana Niepce, considered one of the most appealing new faces of Portuguese dance, describes her dance piece as “a survey of the invisible in dance history”. In a fascinating journey, she turns the laws of physics around movement upside down, drawing inspiration from artists who have elevated their non-normativity to artistic identity for example, Bill Shannon, Claire Cunningham, David Toole and Neil Marcus.

Artistic Direction and Performer Diana Niepce / Creation & Movement Support, Performer assistance Ana Sofia Leite / Investigation Support Carlos Oliveira / Sound Design Diogo Melo / Light Design Carlos Ramos / Light Operation Pedro Sousa / Costume Design Silvana Ivaldi / Cenography Bruno Capucho – Ohcupa / Rigging Telma Pinto and Ricardo Paz / Head of Production and Managing Filipe Metelo and Patrícia Soares / Production Joana Costa Santos
House of Production Produção d’Fusão / Artistic Residence PACT Zollverein (DE), Estúdios Victor Córdon, Biblioteca de Marvila – CML, O Espaço do Tempo, Oliva Creative Factory – CMSJM, Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo / Coproduction Festival Citemor Support Direção Geral das Artes | Ministério da Cultura, Fundação GDA

This show is programmed within the framework of Europe Beyond Access II, a European project co-financed by the Creative Europe program of the European Union of which the Mercat de les Flors is a partner. With the support of the Creative Europe Platforms Program of the European Union: