Vis Motrix by CocoonDance / Atlas da Boca by Gaya de MedeirosDance
Tipperary Dance presents VIS MOTRIX & ATLAS da BOCA
VIS MOTRIX creates some strange as well as fascinating beings. The dancers seem to come from another world, they move through space and merge into an organism, a mixture of human being and machine, creating a hypnotic power that one cannot escape.
What is the driving force, the soul [Vis Motrix] behind the movements of these hybrid beings? With this production, Cocoon Dance continues its research into the “unthought” body: transhumanism as a traumatic round dance that does not leave our unconsciousness untouched.
The collective project CocoonDance, led by choreographer Rafaële Giovanola, winner of the FAUST Award in 2022, has firmly established itself within the international dance scene. Founded in 2000, the company has been active on five continents ever since. Almost limitless body research and collective decision-making processes form the basis for the intensity and consistency of their works, which fascinatingly and disturbingly challenge conceptions of movement and the body time and again.
ATLAS da BOCA explores two trans bodies through the mouth. As a symbol, the mouth becomes the interface between the public and the private, between the erotic and the political, between silence and the lasting word. Questioning the ‘word-gestures’, this piece delves into the moments in which the mouth hardens, letting the words come out roaring.
Content Warning: Nudity / 18+
About Gaya de Medeiros
Gaya is a choreographer and producer from Brazil, currently based in Lisbon, Portugal. She studied Animation Film and worked for nine years as a dancer and co-creator at a Brazilian Dance Company. In Portugal, she has worked with several artists such as (ASK ARTIST)
In 2021, she created her first piece, ATLAS da BOCA and in December 2022, she premiered BAQUE. Gaya founded BRABA Plataforma which aims to support, enable and finance initiatives led by or focused on the trans community. Her artistic research ponders upon dance, words and affection.
Image: CocoonDance VIS MOTRIX photo by Klaus Fröhlich
By and with: Fa-Hsuan Chen, Martina De Dominicis, Tanja Marín
Friðjónsdóttir, Susanne Schneider
Choreography: Rafaële Giovanola
Composition, Sound: Franco Mento
Light, Space: Gregor Glogowski
Technical realization: Jasper Diekamp
Pictures: Klaus Fröhlich
Video trailer: Michael Maurissens
Choreographic assistance: Leonardo Rodrigues
Dramaturgy, Concept: Rainald Endraß
Management: Godlive Lawani, Aurelie Martin
In collaboration with: Théâtre du Crochetan Monthey, Malévoz
Quartier Culturel, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Mülheim, Theater im Ballsaal
Funded by: Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North
Rhine-Westphalia, Bundesstadt Bonn and within the frame of the residency
programme: Théâtre-ProVS, Le Conseil de la Culture Etat du Valais, La Loterie
"Vis Motrix", by Rafaële Giovanola, is a hypnotic specimen. A cybernetic atmosphere makes the show all the more exciting – the gestures and movements of each woman are choreographed, who maintain a certain freedom of movement within a given structure that is constantly being renewed. … It's one thing to worry about the future, but it's another to establish its dystopian fragility. Without a doubt, "Vis Motrix” manages to do both (Victor Inisan, I/O Gazette, Paris, n°108)
Direction and production: Gaya de Medeiros
Co-creation and Performance: Ary Zara, Gaya de Medeiros
Provocation, conception and design of ‘Brief Atlas of the Mouth’: João Emediato
Video: Ary Zara
Lighting design: André de Campos
Sound operation: Milton Estevam
Translation and subtitles: Joana Frazão
Coproduction: Alkantara and Companhia Olga Roriz
Institutional Support: República Portuguesa - Cultura I DGARTES – Direção-Geral das Artes
“I spent my adolescence very quietly. I lived countless days reading people, mainly, their ‘non-words’: a ‘gesture word’, a ‘gaze word’, a ‘breath word’. I spend my life trying to read the ways our thinking carves the body. I think the piece settles here.” – Gaya de Medeiros.