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    01.09.2015 - 27.10.2015

    With her ongoing desire to instigate new territories and commitment to collaboration practices, Meg Stuart has designed the program for the Porto Sessions along with Ana Rocha. The Rivoli Municipal Theatre hosts the Porto Sessions during a two month residency where Meg Stuart will launch a long-term research looking at alternative formats for encounters between artists and their environment, with the intention to ultimately transform collective artistic spaces. The sessions are an extension of the practices of other artists with whom she finds a common ground and shares artistic interests. 

    The September session - Collective Dreaming - will be an ongoing exchange and experimentation between choreographers and performers including Anna Nowicka, Benoît Lachambre, Christian Breuer, Cristina Planas Leitão, Joana Von Mayer Trindade, João Costa Espinho, Mark Tompkins, Mariana Tengner Barros and Rodrigo Malvar. The dream space of utopic futures will meet somatic-based work with a focus on irrational scores and improvisation.

    In October, Meg Stuart will work with the dramaturge Jeroen Peeters and scenographer/architect Jozef Wouters in collaboration with Gaëtan Rusquet, Giulia Paolucci, Hamish MacPherson, Mariana Tengner Barros, Michiel VandeVelde, Noha Ramadan, Varinia Canto Villa and Rodrigo Malvar, on Phantasmal Archeology to investigate possible relations on cultural archetypes proposed by art centres and theatres. Looking at the city as a body of contradictory temporalities, we will extend the studio into the urban landscape. What collective artistic dreams do we share?  How can we imagine new places of artistic practices and rethink cultural spaces? How can we project other possibilities for ways of ephemeral inscriptions, and transcend the archaeology of these territories to imagine other places? How can we dream together?

    The Porto Sessions, as a curatorial program, is a process of rendering and transforming the theatre space to experience and embody live matters in process. Open studio sessions, spontaneous actions, seminars, and improbable events are the different modules shared with and open to the audience.



    01.09.2015 – 25.09.2015 

    > Dynamics of weight, energy and empathy | Workshop by Benoît Lachambre

    01 – 04 September, 17h - 20h | Rehearsal Space of Municipal Theater of Porto


    > Lab Collective Dreaming directed by Meg Stuart

    07 – 11 September, 10h-13h & 14h-16h
 | Rehearsal Space of Municipal Theater of Porto

    With the collaboration of the invited artistsJoana Von Mayer Trindade, Cristina Planas Leitão, João Costa Espinho, Rodrigo Malvar, Mariana Tengner Barros, Mark Tompkins, Jorge Queijo, Nuno Cardoso, Anna Nowicka, Benoît Lachambre and Christian Beuer


    > A given space of time | Workshop dby Mark Tompkins

    14 – 18 September, 10h -13h | Rehearsal Space of Municipal Theater of Porto


    > Dreamstates | Workshop by Anna Nowicka

    14 – 18 September, 16h - 20h | Rehearsal Space of Municipal Theater of Porto


    Travelling inside | Workshop by Meg Stuart

     21 – 25 September, 10h - 14h | Rehearsal Space of Municipal Theater of Porto



    05.10.2015 – 25.10.2015


    > Lab Phantasmal Archaeology directed by Meg Stuart

    05 - 27 October | Rehearsal Space of Municipal Theater of Porto

    With the collaboration of the invited artists, Jozef Wouters, Jereon Peeters, Giulia Paolucci, Michiel Vandevelde, Mariana Tengner Barros, Rodrigo Malvar, Noha Ramadan, Varinia Canto Villa, Jorge Gonçalves, Gaëtan Rusquet and Hamish MacPherson



    A program designed by Meg Stuart in collaboration with Ana Rocha

    Invited artists Anna Nowicka, Benoît Lachambre, Christian Breuer, Cristina Planas Leitão, Gaëtan Rusquet, Giulia Paolucci, Hamish MacPherson, Jeroen Peeters, Joana Von Mayer Trindade, João Costa Espinho, Jorge Queijo, Jorge Gonçalves, Jozef Wouters, Mark Tompkins, Mariana Tengner Barros, Mor Demer, Michiel VandeVelde, Noha Ramadan, Varinia Canto Villa and Rodrigo Malvar.

    Organization and Production MEZZANINE
    Production Management Ana Rocha and Jorge Gonçalves
    Co-production Teatro Municipal do Porto
    In collaboration with Damaged Goods

    With the support Goethe-Institut Portugal, Maus Hábitos, STCP and Metro do Porto


    MEZZANINE is a non profit cultural association financed by Governo de Portugal / Secretário de Estado da Cultura / Direcção-Geral das Artes 

    Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods is financed by the Flemish Authorities and Flemish Community Commission



    01.09 - 04.09, 17h - 20h _workshop fee: 80€ 

    Benoît Lachambre :: Dynamics of weight, energy and empathy

    In the workshop we will be addressing multiple body layers through releasing. We will sense how sensations of transparency enhance the experience of pleasure induced by the awareness of free circulation of energy through the body and it’s constant relation with the outside. In this we will be using images and alignment work to amplify the senses and offer one self more strength and malleability in its ever-transforming world constructs.

    What is the play of energy through the fabric of space and how is this a necessary connective element to all communicative activity? We will attempt to answer this question through constant mobility approaches, offering one self a free view at transformative realms. 

    This workshop is for dancers/movers/body thinkers of multiple skills and interests, professionals and non-professionals, individuals who are interested by the exploration of micro movement as an open source to multiple world perceptions. This does necessitate an intense ongoing concentration process while letting go of expectations to step into the present dynamics of constant self-redefinition.


    14.09 - 18.09, 10h - 14h _workshop fee: 90€ 

    Mark Tompkins :: A given space of time

    When improvising, each performer is working simultaneously on many different levels of perception: listening, watching, sensing, acting, reacting to one's self and one's partners. The art of Real time composition resides in each performer’s ability to remain open to the wealth of internal and external impulses, and to receive, process and propose material in an uninterrupted flow of feedback. How to avoid overload, how to stay actively attentive, how to do nothing and still act? These questions are addressed through a series of improvisational games and scores that explore and develop the sensations and perceptions – touch, vision, hearing, weight. To sharpen our inner and outer concentration, we explore the notions of shift, letting go, simultaneous time, active/passive, center/support and the roles of performer, witness and spectator.


    14.09 - 18.09, 16h - 20h _workshop fee: 90€ 

    Anna Nowicka :: Dreamstates

    The work will focus on the practice of dreaming aware, and on becoming awake to the ongoing dreaming process that is accompanying our conscious existence, allowing this continuous flow of images to in-form the body, influence its’ presence and become the source of actions. We will work on participants’ night dreams, opening a dialogue with them and using their structure as a kaleidoscopic map for creativity. Employing the procedure of dream opening and the tool of shifting perspectives, we will discover ways of unfolding the body, expanding it into a multiple, ever flowing entity that playfully shifts between real and imagined, between being and doing, distance and proximity, aware of the continuous flow of impulses, able to choose which one to follow and embody. The aim of the workshop is to combine intuitive ways of creating with conscious choreographic decisions, in order to empower performers to connect with their dreams as legible sources of knowledge and foundations for creativity.


    21.09 - 25.09, 10h - 14h _workshop fee: 120€ :: Registrations for this Workshop are closed.

    Meg Stuart :: Travelling inside

    In this workshop, improvisation will be used as a strategy to explore body memory and physical and emotional states. We will investigate the borders between knowing and not knowing, abstraction and intention, image and action. Extending our understanding of movement vocabulary and possibilities, we will travel through energetic worlds, memory spaces and emotional landscapes. We will explore charged single actions to create collective kinetic sculptures. Moving fictions combined with physical work will be shaped into scenarios in and out of the studio that transform and shift as we interact with others. In the various improvised scores, we will search for moments of intimacy, transgression and risk.

    Note: Please send us a short motivation letter to apply for this workshop.


    All the workshops will be held at the Rivoli Municipal Theater of Porto. 

    A discount will be applied in case of registration of more than one workshop:

in the registration of 2 workshops

    20% in the registration of 3 or 4 workshops

    For registration and more details: office@mezzanine.pt

    Please send a short biographical note along with the inscription.