Stay in SimpleOctober 11, 2015
Stay in Simple
In a dance show, music is a mandatory component and in this case it is traditional Portuguese music that serves as a motive and inspiration. The choreography approaches its movements and rhythms in a contemporary way, and an Algarvean Corridinho, a turn or an Alentejo manda waltz serve as a pretext to evoke in an original way some rituals and conventions of traditional dances.
The wheels, the pairs, the exchanges of pairs, the breaks and movements are the places, the people and the expression of popular culture through the body and sound soul. From apathy to ecstasy, dancers and players offer the public the artistic feeling of their interpretation, which we identify as the interior and individual relationship of each one, the final show being the result of the interaction and exteriorization of these same relationships. The constant relationship between the musical adornment and the choreography takes us back to a time when there was no dance without instruments and players present and when dance played a much more important role in the personal relationships between individuals. In addition to the choreography, voices, traditional percussions, accordion, braguesa, mandolin and concertina, or whatever the dancers and players can offer, there is also a programmed sound base and a light design whose role is fundamental in the collage and embodiment of the show's time. During the show, we found such disparate things as the oral tradition in the interpretation of the Azorean song the life of the snail, an interpretation avant-garde from the Algarvian Corridinho, a comic moment based on mumbo jumbo and tongue twisters and another unexpected one with Clara Andermatt herself sitting on a chair playing the bagpipes with sudden and cadenced body movements ending visibly tired to say:
- "This? It's a harmonica!"
At the end of the show we are invited to participate in a ball where we can rehearse some of the steps used in the show.
“The name of this show “Fica no Singelo” is inspired by one of the steps of traditional sent waltzes from the Alentejo coast called “Singelo”, it is the base step that starts the waltz and where it always returns after performing any other step that the sender orders . "
André Cabral, Bruno Alves, Francisca Pinto, Joana Lopes, Linora Dinga, Sergio Cobos, Catarina Moura, Luís Peixoto and Quiné Teles
Direction and choreography: Clara Andermatt
Musical direction: Luís Pedro Madeira and Clara Andermatt
Composition: Luís Pedro Madeira
Light design: José Álvaro Correia
Costumes: José António Lieutenant
Electronic soundscape: Jonas Rune
Production: Clara Andermatt Company
Partnership: . Xumbo Foot
Anthropological consultancy and research: Sophie Coquelin
Traditional dance repertoire: Mercedes Prieto and Ana Silvestre
Co-production: Culturgest, São João National Theater, Viriato Theater and Vila Flôr Cultural Center
at the ball
Sender: Ana Silvestre or Mercedes Prieto
Musicians: Sergio Cobos, Luís Peixoto and Quiné Teles