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Michelle Moura:
Lessons for cadavers

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Michelle Moura:
Lessons for cadavers
Dance/Performance
In English

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We live in the midst of horror and we’re used to it. Forests on fire, people freezing in their houses without heating, families running across the border while others go shopping. Lessons for Cadavers inspires in the physical language of horror – its exaggeration and hyperbole – to reflect the living dead of the present. Death here is a magical and grotesque realm inhabited by strange forms of life; a transformation zone. Three dancers move on stage through panic and wonder, violence and fragility, driven by external forces.

For the authors Luiz Antonio Simas and Luiz Ruffino, “the opposite of life is not death, but disenchantment". In recent years, Brazilian choreographer Michelle Moura has observed how an extreme right-wing government in her home country spreads fear and hate. This fear becomes a political weapon – and a ghost that accompanies people's everyday lives. The choreographer, who presented her piece Overtongue as part of the Tanzplattform, also shows herself to be a master of the grotesque and artistic – and artificial – dissociation in her latest piece. In Lessons for Cadavers, she again manages to find humor and absurdity in the terrifying human condition.

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The performance lasts 60-75 minutes and uses English spoken and written language. On stage, several light objects hang from the ceiling. LED lights, strobes, flickering lights and projections are used. Some lights hang very low above the floor, others create shadows on the stage.

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CONCEPTION, CHOREOGRAPHY AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION Michelle Moura CREATION AND PERFORMANCE Clarissa Rêgo, Jorge De Hoyos, Michelle Moura DRAMATURGY AND CHOREOGRAPHIC ASSISTANCE Maikon K MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN Kaj Duncan David LIGHT DESIGN AND STAGE Annegret Schalke COSTUME DESIGN AND MAKE-UP Thelma Bonavita ARTISTIC COLLABORATION Nina Krainer SEAMSTRESS Luciana Imperiano PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION Something Great

A production by Michelle Moura in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, deSingel and Something Great. Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR. With the support of ÉTAPE DANSE, a network of the fabrik Potsdam, Institut Français Deutschland/Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse, La Maison CDCN Uzès Gard Occitanie, Théâtre de Nîmes and Mosaico Danza - Interplay Festival Turin. With the kind support of the French Ministry of Culture/DGCA, Landeshauptstadt Potsdam, Fondazione Piemonte dal Vivo, Lavanderia a Vapore Turin and KODA Kultur (DK). Residencies at PACT Zollverein (DE), fabrik Potsdam (DE) and Théâtre de Nîmes (FR). Media partner: taz, die tageszeitung.

Michelle Moura is Brazilian by birth, currently living in Berlin. For several years she had explored strategies to generate psychological and physical changes in minimal pieces. Nowadays, she adds new layers to her work, interested in artificiality and dissociation of elements, she manipulates movement, expression, sound and speech. Her creations have been presented in international dance and performing arts festivals including Impulstanz (AU), Panorama (BR), HAU – Hebbel am Ufer (DE) and La Biennale di Venezia (IT). As dancer, she has worked with Lea Moro (CH/DE), Wilhelm Groener (DE), Vincent Dupont (FR) among others. She was a co-founder and member of Caulifower Miniglobal Artistic Community (2005 – 2012) together with 7 other Brazilian artists. Her performance Overtongue, which was created as part of Tanztage Berlin 2021, was invited as one of 13 productions to the Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022. 

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