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Choreography by Bruno Duarte | Artistic residence in Bragança
2019 Season programme, premiered on the 28th November, at Teatro Municipal de Bragança

51' | ages 6 and over


"These are rituals of youth, full of life and the future, and the activities of the people that were interconnected with them (…) rituals that annually renew their confidence in the continuity of life, symbolized in fire and by other pagan gods.
We will never sufficiently emphasize the role that rituals have played in the evolution of our societies and have given them a character of ethical sanity that manages to maintain dignity in the midst of greater poverty and endless difficulties. "
Amadeu Ferreira, in “O Diabo e as Cinzas” (2013)


Artistic overview

Creation: Bruno Duarte
Co-creation and performance: Bruno Duarte, Carlota Sela, Francisco Ferreira, Joana Puntel, Luís Malaquias, Mariana Romão and Raquel Tavares
Music: Galandum Galundaina, Roncos do Diabo, Cabra Çega, Urze de Lume, Colin Stetson
Wardrobe: Nuno Nogueira
Set design: Carlota Machado and Bruno Duarte
Lighting design: Stageplot – Filipa Romeu
Promotional image: Ester Gonçalves
Répétiteur and assistant choreographer: Maria João Lopes
Music selection and editing: Bruno Duarte

Acknowledgment: Ester Gonçalves, Graça Laranjeiro, Helena Duarte, Paulo Duarte, Pierre Primetens e Galandum Galundaina

Co-production by Companhia de Dança de Almada and Teatro Municipal de Bragança.


Since I was a child, I had very present images that I watched on television, fascinated, made me aware of the winter customs of Trás-os-Montes. Those characters, devils, figures, masks, and rattles, always exerted a special magnetism on me. In the creation of this dance piece, I saw the opportunity to scenically explore the intersection of the ritual sacredness of these ancestral celebrations, with a contemporary dance language. Set between the sacred and the pagan, ancestral and contemporary, human and supernatural, “Inverno” (Winter) seeks to convey the magic that lives in those places at the time of the winter solstice, portraying the pulse of the earth, the emancipation of young people, the streets, the posture of transgression - but so ruled by fixed practices - and the strong cultural mysticism. This is a work about what is alive, but also about memory. About that and those who have already lived in the places we experience today. Bruno Duarte


About the author

Bruno Duarte is currently studying for his Master's Degree in Dance teaching and a has degree in Dance from Escola Superior de Dança (ESD) in Lisbon. In 2011 he was an ERASMUS student at ArtEz-Institute for the Arts in the Netherlands completing the "Minor Dancer" plan. He was a dancer and performer in the Grupo Experimental de Dança and Quórum Ballet companies, (2011/2 and 2013 respectively). He’s been a member of Companhia de Dança de Almada since 2013. He was co-producer and performer in the "P48" videodance (2012), presented at the 20th Quinzena de Dança de Almada, and "5" (2013), presented at the Caldas Late Night (Portugal), L'art difficile de filmer la dans (Belgium) and InShadow (Portugal) festivals, the latter winning the award for best videodance in competition - audience choice. As a creator, he presented "Metamorphosis" (2011/2), for Culturgest in partnership with ESD, "someone else ago" (2013), for Centro Cultural de Belém’s BOXNOVA programme, "Overflow" (2014), for the EPC Dance Company, "L'Veltro" (2016), in co-production with Elson Marlon Ferreira, "Riot" (2014), "Dentro do Abraço" (2016), "Gaveston" (2016), "Phobos" (2017) and "SubRosa" (2018) for the Companhia de Dança de Almada. He’s participated in workshops and seminars by Mikael Fau and Pauline Journé (France), João da Silva (Brazil), Siri Dybwik (Norway), Jack Gallagher (USA) and David Zambrano (Venezuela) amongst others. He’s taught workshops at venues such as the Beijing Dance Theater (China), Giro8 Companhia de Dança (Brazil), FreeDance (Croatia), DNA (Portugal), amongst others. He’s been a guest teacher at Escola Superior de Dança (2016 and 2019), a teacher at Ca.DA Escola, and a guest choreographer in the Projecto Quórum.



Teatro-Cine de Torres Vedras, Torres Vedras - Portugal, January 21, 2022
Polski Teatr Tańca, Poznan - Poland, December 18, 2021
Fórum Cultural José Manuel Figueiredo, Baixa da Banheira / Moita - Portugal, October 22, 2021
TEMPO - Teatro Municipal de Portimão, Portimão - Portugal, July 17, 2021
Centro Cultural de Macedo de Cavaleiros, Macedo de Cavaleiros - Portugal, June 19, 2021
Teatro de Vila Real, Vila Real - Portugal, 18 December 18, 2020
Cine-Teatro de Estarreja, Estarreja - Portugal, February 1, 2020
Teatro Diogo Bernardes, Ponte de Lima - Portugal, 17 January 17, 2020
Teatro Municipal de Bragança, Bragança - Portugal, November 29, de 2019
Academia Almadense – Auditório Osvaldo Azinheira, Almada - Portugal, October 5, 2019 - excerpt, preview


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