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João Bento was the author of the soundtrack, in the most traditional sense of the term, for O Limpo eo Sujo, by Vera Mantero, but his music was also, and above all, a present and participatory body in the construction of the choreography of the three performers, as an additive element in the creation of the piece itself, dialoguing and initiator of gestures and movements. With the premises of inner cleanliness and the ecology of the self – physical and spiritual – João Bento sought and captured sounds that reflected a kind of individual and collective ritual, including his own essays and group work. The design of the choreography naturally led to the production of a vast collection of sound material that, for the most part, was archived, unused. Taking advantage of the last presentation of the replacement of the clean and dirty in Culturgest, we wanted to propose to João Bento a kind of sound recycling, creating an electroacoustic composition with only this new material, making a possible bridge with the concept of sustainability, so important for the genesis of Vera Mantero’s work.
Sound and visual artist, graduated in Plastic Arts / Sculpture by ESAD, in Caldas da Rainha, João Bento composes sound for dance, performance, installations, theater, cinema and live acts, where he articulates analog / electronic instruments, sound and processes that question memory and the territory. Solo and in collaboration, he presented works throughout Europe, as well as in Mexico, India and Bangladesh.