Gnration, in partnership with Arte Total, presents Guelra, a laboratory with artistic residency and dance performance, which will feature choreographer Francisco Camacho.
Guelra – Choreographic Transcreation Laboratory, is a transdisciplinary laboratory developed by Arte Total since 2012. This laboratory works as an artistic residency that will culminate with the organization of the material produced, in a final presentation.
Francisco Camacho is a choreographer, dancer, founding member and artistic director of EIRA. He studied dance and theater in Portugal (Companhia Nacional de Bailado e Ballet Gulbenkian) and in New York (Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, Movement Research, Susan Klein School and Lee Strasberg Theater Institute), and had additional training in voice, scriptwriting and creative writing. He is internationally recognized as one of the protagonists of the strong contemporary dance movement that began in the late 1980s in Portugal, performing in Europe, America, Africa and Asia, ever since.
Several of his solos, such as “O Rei no Exílio” and “Nossa Senhora das Flores”, and his group pieces, such as “Dom São Sebastião” and “Gust”, are today reference works in the history of Portuguese Dance.
He was awarded the Bordalo Prize of the Casa da Imprensa in the area of Dance (1995 and 1997) and the ACARTE / Maria Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão Award from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (1994/95), in addition to a Special Mention of the same Prize ( 1992/93).
For this Guelra, the artist presents “Viagem Sentimental”, a work that he will develop in an artistic residency over a week. At the end of the residency, he will make a public presentation.
“Viagem Sentimental” is a project where Francisco Camacho focuses on researching a specific geographical area for the construction of a show that reflects his observation of points of interest and the perspectives on the history, culture and local customs that he collects in conversations with diverse inhabitants. The reworking of the materials gathered is the basis for the development of an always different show in each land where it travels. In Braga, the choreographer will let us know about his encounter with the city, on a journey in which he explores the choreographic potentialities in the landscape and movements of the Braga territory, together with the revisiting of his personal biography.
[eng] Contemporary dance piece created by the Portuguese choreographer and performer Francisco Camacho under Guelra, an artist-in-residence program.