Treasured in the Dark, Thiago Granato (BR/DE)

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3.10.2014 / 20:00 / WASP

(work in progress / performance / 20’)

Concept, direction and performance: Thiago Granato
Assistant director: Sandro Amaral
Sound designer: Tian Rotteveel
Light designer: Jan Fedinger
Photography: Fedinger Machado Marques
Dramaturgy: Lou Forster
Producer: M.i.C.A. (Movement in Contemporary Art)

Treasured in the Dark is the newest creation of choreographer Thiago Granato which consists of a solo piece based on an imaginary choreographic conversation between the late choreographers Lennie Dale* (1934 – 1994) and Tatsumi Hijikata** (1928 – 1986). To initiate this meeting, Granato proposes a discussion, articulated by his own body, about what arises as a common characteristic among their works: the metamorphosis of the body.

This process has the potential to create a ritual of appropriation of two different choreographic ideals of the past and challenges their ideological traits, putting them together in the same area of conflict.

Granato is a Brazillian choreographer and performer based in Berlin. His work has been presented in countries as Brazil, Israel, Spain, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Holland, France, Italy and Norway. He also was mentor in the Bachelor of Arts Dance, Context, Choreography programme at HZT/UDK (Berlin, Germany, 2013). During 2013 and 2014 he was selected to be fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (Germany) where he is researching his new choreographic project, Choreoversations.

The final presentation of the Life Long Burning residency offered by 4Culture Association in partnership with CCN de Montpellier L-R to Brazilian choreographer Thiago Granato. A project hosted by WASP – Working Art Space and Production, as part of the 2014 residencies & productions programme. A cultural project financed by: Life Long Burning, with the support of the European Union’s Culture 2007-2013 Programme, the Ministry of Culture, AFCN – The National Cultural Fund Administration, The Bucharest City Council Centre for Cultural Projects and ARCUB — București 555 Program.

*Choreographer founder of the provocative avant-garde group of drag queens “Dzi Croquettes” under the dictatorship period in Brazil during the 70′s.
**Choreographer founder of “Butoh Dance” during the tumultuous period of the student protests in Japan in the early 60’s.