Francisco Camacho & Meg Stuart

Steal you for a moment

The artistic collaboration between Francisco Camacho and Meg Stuart traces back to Stuart’s early works, notably Disfigure Study (1991). Their deep personal connection has grown through various projects, such as Stuart’s acclaimed solo piece BLESSED, which Camacho has performed since 2007.

Now, for the first time in three decades, they reunite on stage for a duet, drawing inspiration from the mysterious Nuragic ruins of Sardinia.

In the twilight of this ancient civilization, stone giants guarded the island’s shores – traces of a rich culture that slowly eroded. Going beyond the museum walls, Camacho and Stuart delve into the gaps, the absences in the record. What remains?

Visual artist Gaëtan Rusquet and sound designer Vincent Malstaf create a landscape that, like the Nuragic sites, might have come from the future, or even exist outside of time. In this space, Camacho and Stuart excavate emotional artifacts.
They look for contrast in size and scale: minimal poses blaze with feeling, rage and force are compressed and restrained. With their voices they channel a lost language, weaving connections that span universes.

Meeting through rhythm and repetition, they rewind and accelerate, encode and decipher, make and break patterns. By listening to the past, they construct an archeology of the present that does not distinguish between the mystical and the mundane.

Meg Stuart is a choreographer, director and dancer who lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. With her company, Damaged Goods, founded in 1994, she has created over thirty productions.
Stuart’s work moves freely between the genres of dance, theater and visual arts, driven by an ongoing dialogue with artists from different disciplines. Through fictions and shifting narrative layers, she explores dance as a source of healing and a way to transform the social fabric. Improvisation is an important part of Stuart’s practice, as a strategy to move from physical and emotional states or the memory of them.

Francisco Camacho is a choreographer, dancer, founding member and artistic director of EIRA.
He is one of the protagonists of the contemporary dance movement born at the end of the 1980s in Portugal. He has directed 22 group pieces and 20 solos for the stage and for unconventional spaces, as well as 11 works created as co-author, apart from creations within teaching environments in the fields of dance and theatre. Apart from his choreographic activity, which has granted him the most important awards in Portugal, he works extensively as a performer, both in his own creations and in others by diverse choreographers and theatre directors.

Co-created and performed by: Francisco Camacho, Meg Stuart
Scenography: Gaëtan Rusquet
Sound design: Vincent Malstaf
Light design and technical direction: Frank Laubenheimer
Artistic assistance: Márcio Kerber Canabarro
Outside Eye: Sigal Zouk
Production: Damaged Goods, EIRA
Co-production: Fuorimargine, Perpodium

With the support of the Flemish Government, the Flemish Community Commission and the tax shelter measure of the Belgian Federal Government via Cronos Invest, Government of Portugal/Ministry of Culture, General Direction of Arts and Lisbon City Council

 

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