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A Wave from a Distance
by Rafael Alvarez

September 5-7,2019
Thursday to Saturday, at 9.30pm

Double Show 

Sept 6, 2019
Friday at 9.30pm

Tickets: 8€ / 5€ (with discount)

Ticket office opens an hour before the show.

On one side and on the other, two bodies sail in silence for a fragile dance which is a wave and tide of encounters and mismatches. Near and far, both divers discover themselves in an invisible dialogue of memories and stories that while not ours, they invade our imaginary. A paper show designed from an open dance of the senses and dives into other perspectives - far and near, closer than far, east and west, both interpreters on either side of the ocean, bring to the surface a sea of illusions. In the distance wave and the distance of an approaching wave, discover and reveal shadows and ghosts. In their floating bodies and worlds
shipwrecks of invisible memories wreck and breathe in the silence of the empty space on the paper stage that hides and reveals the movement that embraces them. And in the interval of a wave they give place to the meeting (of another wave) ”. An initiatory image motivates the creation of this project, remaining invisible, but present - "The Great Wave of Kanawaga", iconic work of the painter Japanese Hokusai created in 1830 and reproduced from the middle of 1870 through of a series of lithographs based on the traditional printing technique Japanese, known as ukiyo (literally, "floating world").

The Wave Project is an extension to the choreographic research and creation initiated by choreographer Rafael Alvarez in Japan in 2017 with the support of DGARTES, including in 2019, in addition to of the creation and debut in Portugal and Japan of the duet "On the wave of distance ”and its national and international circulation, the replacement of the soil "In the interval of a wave" (2017). It also integrates a set of creation, presentation and training activities (residences, shows, laboratories and masterclasses) held in Portugal, France, Japan and Malaysia, involving professional artists and higher education students locally artistic, dancers with functional diversity, over 55 and seniors in the presentation of different creations of connection to the Community. Standing out in this context the premiere of the inclusive dance show “In the silence of first wave ”(February 20, Teatro Municipal São Luiz, INARTE - Community Arts festival) resulting from a collaboration between Bodybuilders / Rafael Alvarez and the Plural_Companhia de Dança / LIGA Foundation, in partnership with the School Superior of Dance / Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. This show features the participation of dancers with and without disabilities, finalist students and graduates of Escola Superior de Dança.

The show inaugurated this year also in Japan, where choreographer and performer Rafael Alvarez returned for the third year consecutive, now for TPAM 2019 - Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama. This duet, created between Portugal, France, Malaysia and Japan, in collaboration with the Japanese interpreter Yuta Ishikawa, and developed in the context from the Wave Project, was also presented on February 13th and 14th, at Wakabacho WHARF, in Yokohama. The show had a national premiere in Ílhavo, and also had performances in Porto, Barreiro, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.


Rafael Alvarez

Born in Lisbon in 1976, where he lives and works. Choreographer and interpreter, stage  and costume designer, researcher and teacher.
His work has been presented since 1997 in Europe, South America and North America, Middle East, Asia and Africa. For the past 20 years he has investigated and developed a plastic dimension of movement and composition, revealing a strong visual component in the construction of the body-space and choreographic language. His shows stand out for the use enigmatic, symbolic, poetic and minimalist of the body, dance and space. Has invested in depth, in the relationship between Dance and Community and in the collaborative dimension of the artistic practice of dialogue and intervention with the world. Teaches since 1998, Contemporary Dance - Improvisation / Composition and Inclusive Dance, developing projects of training involving students and dance professionals, seniors, people with Parkinson's, children and artists in general. He was an interpreter in shows and projects directed by choreographers - Francisco Camacho / EIRA (PT), Christian Rizzo (FR), Lynda Gaudreau / Lucky Bastards (CN / FR) and director Luís Castro / Karnart, among others. Doctor in Communication, Culture and Art - Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, UALG. Post-graduate in Sciences of the Communication - Contemporary Culture - Faculty of Social Sciences and University Humanities Nova de Lisboa. Graduated in Plastic Realization Show and Theater and Education - Escola Superior de Teatro e IPL cinema. He was a fellow of the National Culture Center in the area of Dance / Creation (2000-2002). CHAIA Integrated Researcher - Research Center Art History and Artistic Research. He was an artist supported by O Rumo do Fumo (2000-04). Was an associate artist at EIRA - Dance Contemporary and Performance (2005-2016). Co-founder of ANKA Companhia of Inclusive Dance of São Tomé and Príncipe. Co-founder and art director of BODYBUILDERS - Contemporary Dance.

Yuta Ishikawa

Born in Japan in 1983. He currently lives and works in Paris. C ontemporary dance interpreter and creator. He started his studies in Japan having completed his dance training in the advanced professional training program Extensions at CDC - Center de Development Chorégraphique de Toulouse in France. He has a diploma in Cultural Studies from Obirin University in Tokyo, Japan. Through his company e.g.MILK choreographed the following pieces: Dust Park 2 and 26.5 presented between 2010 and 2012 in Tokyo and Frankfurt. He was a finalist dancer in the contests - MASDANZA 17 (Canary) and TOYOTA CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD 2010 (Tokyo). Received the award for best choreography at KOREA INT. DANCE COMPETITION 2010 (Seoul). As an interpreter he worked with the choreographers: Fabrice Ramaligom (My petit Pogo, 2012- 2017), Rita Cioffi (Faux Semblant, 2016, Let's Play, 2014 and Nous Autres, 2011), Franck Vigroux (Ruines, 2016), Raimund Hoghe (Quartet, 2015 and Cantatas, 2013), Samuel Mathieu (La Dynamique des Emotions, 2014 and Generix-X, 2010), Christian Rizzo (Erwartung, 2010), Chie Ito / Strange Kinoko Dance Company (2008-09), Jo Kanamori / Noism Dance Company (2006-08).

Technical Sheet:
Art direction, coreography, scene and costumess:
Rafael Alvarez
Interpretation: Rafael Alvarez and Yuta Ishikawa
Technical director and light design: Nuno Patinho
Production and administration: Bodybuilders / Rafael Alvarez
Financial management: Sara Lamares
Press office: Mafalda Simões
Photography: Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez
Video recording and editing: Bruno Canas
Graphic Design: Paulo Guerreiro
Co-production: 23 Milhas – Ílhavo and Bodybuilders / Rafael Alvarez
Residencies: Le Carreau du Temple (Paris), Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), Rimbun Dahan (Malasia), Estúdios Vitor Córdon / CNB (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)
Support/ Hosting: Carpintarias de São Lázaro (Lisbon), Citemor Festival (Coimbra), MIRA Artes Performativas (Porto), Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita (Barreiro), 23 Milhas / Teatro Vista Alegre (Ílhavo), Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), Micadanses (Paris), TPAM Peforming Arts Meeting (Yokohama), Wakabacho Wharf (Yokohama)
Partnerships: FIAR (Palmela), Escola Superior de Dança/IPL (Lisbon), Escola de Artes/Universidade de Évora (Évora), Escola Superior de Arte e Design – Caldas da Rainha/IPL (Caldas da Rainha), CHAIA – Centro de História de Arte e Investigação Artística, Fundação LIGA/Plural_Companhia de Dança, EIF (E) – Escola Informal de Fotografia (Espectáculo)
Support: Camões - Portuguese Cultural Center in Tokyo / Portuguese Embassy in Tokyo 
Suport for internationalisation : Gulbenkian Foundation
Project WAVE: supported by Portuguese Republic - Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes

Promotional video: https://vimeo.com/309634313

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