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GAME STRUCTURES AND SITUATIONS . Blue medicine and poison.


Blue medicine and poison.


Director: Cristina Mendanha & Filipe Lopes

Choreographer: Cristina Mendanha

Performers: Grabriela Barros&David Ramalho

Composer: Rui Dias

Music and sound design: Rui Dias

Other crerw :Ricardo Pistola [I2ADS - Faculdade de Belas Artes Universidade do Porto] Viarco graphite paste material.

Production: Arte Total company

The project aims to investigate the drawing as part of the creative thinking of the dance, in site specific contexts and it was developed to experiencing the dificulty of the translation of the act of choreographic creation into another language, allowing to read on the layers of a 'phármakonised' body the duplicity of meaning, the ambiguity and the possibility of generating a body drawn in itself, or in other words: "(...) . instead of something distinguished from something else, imagine something which distinguishes itself – and yet ... though it were distinguishing itself from that which does not distinguish itself from it"(Deleuze .1968) – the medicine and the poison.


Cristina Mendanha

From 1981 to 1983 she received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture in Professional Training School of Companhia Nacional de Bailado. She holds a Degree in Fine Arts-Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Oporto (1989). In 1995, she received a Teaching Certificate from the Royal Academy of Dance, London and Master in Art, Craft and Design Education from the University of Surrey Roehampton, with the thesis, 'Fine arts as art education', based on the assumption that a teacher's realities are constructed on the basis of relationships, in 2001. In 1992 she founded Arte Total- specialized structure in the areas of Education and Artistic Production and she holds the position of Art Director and Teacher. Since 1999 she has produced the program Salvo Conduto and the program Guelra maintaining a regular activity focused on contemporary artistic production who privileges the work of experimental character and outside the commercial circuits. Bringing performance to the visual arts, dance to music or digital technologies to the creation of work processes and research into art, with artists Romulus Neagu, Maria Ines Villasmil, Vicente Trindade, Paulo Henrique, Joana Providência, Aldara Bizarro, Peter Michael Dietz, Teresa Prima, Gabriela Barros, David Ramalho, Carlota Lagido, Armando Pinho, Madalena Victorino, Maria Reis Lima, Alessandro Libertini, Valentina Parravicin and Jody Oberfelder. From 2009-2012 was a Invited Assistant at Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo-ESE. Advisory Board Member of Theatro Circo de Braga, 2006 – 2014. Team Member of the Artistic Capital of Culture Guimarães - Community Area, 2010- 2012. Arte Director of Braga International Video Dance Festival. From 2015 to 2017 she was an active member, as media artist consultant and contributor, for the application of the city of Braga to theUNESCO Creative Cities Network– Braga Media Arts. The title of ‘UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts’ was attributed to the city of Braga on the 31st of October 2017 In 2017 was in artistic residence at the INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory), to prepare an artistic performance (Nano Abstractions) that was presented at the MNE 2017 – 43rd International Conference on Micro and Nano-Engineering, and INL Summit 2017. PhD in Arts Education from Faculty of Fine Arts / Porto University with the thesis "Self-site specific e variações de movimento na formação de interpretes"-an art research for performers training, focused on the processes of artistic creation connecting dance and writing, supervised by Prof.John Baldacchino of University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Filipe Lopes (Play Bleu)

Born in Braga, Portugal, on October 28, 1972, Filipe Lopes is an Portuguese video director, photographer and graphic designer. Filipe Lopes attended multimedia course at Escola Profissional de Braga in 1996, and later he attended the photography course at the Art School in Vila Nova de Cerveira in 1999. His training was also complemented by the multimedia course at the Escola o Art and Professional School of Porto in 2005. He opened his own business - blog Play Bleu - to share, publicize and meet people and institutions with which he identified and thus create partnerships of work, projects and ideas and became established as one of the most original designers in video performace art. Among other things produces advertising works as well as individual projects. In 2012 established a partnership with the Arte Total dance company and had the opportunity to work with several choreographers in Guelra Project such as Maria Ines Villasmil, Valentina Parravicini, Peter Micahel Dietz, Romulus Neagu, Paulo Henrique, Carlota Lagido , among many others. In performative work as a photographer and video maker stands out the work done with the dancer Paulo Henrique in Paris at Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Camões Institute and Casa de Portugal in Paris in 2014. He received the Creativity / Shair prize at the Fast Forward festival in 2014. In 2015 a new project, in partnership with the performer Gabriela Barros was presented during the week of Bdance, and performed several works with other choreographers, within the scope of the project "Guelra" produced by Arte Total. In 2016 he has won the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with the project Rui (n) do, in partnership with choreographer and interpreter Valentina Parravicini and the musician Fernando Ramalho, a project presented in Lisbon-Karnart space, and in São Paulo (Brazil) in September. Participated in the Castle of ARTES - Encontros de Castelo Branco, an artistic residence with Peter Dietz, which resulted in an exhibition and performance. He also participated in the artistic creation of the video Escadas Zero/ Arte Total at Theatro Circo, in Braga.