Francisco Camacho & 2nd year Dance Students
Direction: Francico Camacho
Performance: 2nd year Dance Students
A choreographic writing in two symmetrical movements, proposing two alternatives for the same route, which take place in succession. There are bodies that give in and those that resist, those that bend and those that stretch. The descent is opposed to the ascent, the curvature is reformulated as the tenacity to rise.
Francisco Camacho is a choreographer, dancer, founding member and artistic director of EIRA. He is recognized as one of the protagonists of Portuguese contemporary dance, creating reference shows presented in Europe, America, Africa and Asia. He was awarded the Casa da Imprensa Bordalo Prize in the area of Dance (1995 and 1997) and the ACARTE/Maria Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão Prize from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (1994/95), along with a Special Mention from the same Prize (1992/93). He also presented co-choreographed shows with Mónica Lapa, Vera Mantero, Carlota Lagido, Vera Mota and Sílvia Real, as well as co-creations with directors Fernanda Lapa and Miguel Abreu. He performed choreographic interventions for a work by Pedro Cabrita Reis at the Bonn Museum of Contemporary Art and for the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Serralves Museum, alongside with projects for non-conventional spaces ‘Performers Anónimos’ and ‘Danças Privadas’. After working at Ballet Gulbenkian as a trainee (1984/86), he danced with Paula Massano, a pioneer choreographer of national contemporary dance, and later with Creach/Koester, Meg Stuart, Alain Platel, Carlota Lagido, Miguel Moreira and Filipa Francisco, among other choreographers. Highlights the regular collaboration with Meg Stuart, in particular as the protagonist of “BLESSED”, with more than one hundred performances. Additionally, he participated as an actor in theater shows by Lúcia Sigalho and Tonan Quito. He studied dance and theater in Portugal (Companhia Nacional de Ballet 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, screenwriting and creative writing. He teaches regularly in Portugal and abroad.