Zig Zag | Daria Kaufman


residência de criação no CAPa – 14 a 26 Setembro 2015 – estúdio 1 

The City and the City (China Miéville) is a novel about two cities existing in the same time and place, where the inhabitants of one never acknowledge the inhabitants of the other, even though they are literally next to each other all the time. They learn to “unsee” each other because it is mandated by law. We found this premise fascinating, and it inspired us to think about the ways in which we all go through our daily routines, “unseeing” what surrounds us, such as a homeless man on the street, or a vacant decaying building. We want to know: how do we shine a light on these invisible, everyday moments in the context of a performance? This query has led us to investigate the performativity and codes of daily life – how we greet each other on the street, or how my hands move when I tell a story -, and ways in which we mark time and space – church bells that always ring on the hour, or traffic signals at a crowded intersection. And what happens in the cracks between the codes, when the traffic signals start to break down, or hand gestures don’t match speech?

Ultimately, we want the final installation to be immersive for both the performers and the audience, that is, have the audience stationed inside the installation. This way, viewers’ behaviors – how they move from one corner to another to get a better look, or how they gesture to friends across the room – all become part of the performance, thus making a direct link between daily activity and the stage, and breaking the barrier between audience and performer.


Artistic direction: Daria Kaufman, Francisco Pinheiro, Sezen Tonguz
Co-production: Devir/Capa (Faro/PT), Atelier Concorde (Lisbon/PT), Oficinas do Convento (Montemor-o-Novo/PT), ÇATI (Istanbul/TR)


Daria Kaufman NewYork, 1983. Daria Kaufman holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography from Mills College (Oakland, CA). She creates dance theater that deconstructs notions of gender, perception, and how the body communicates. With humor, subversion, and nuanced physicality, she investigates why we move and speak the way we do, and the slippery meanings that lie between these actions. Before immigrating to Lisbon in 2014, Kaufman created and presented work throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at venues including ODC Theater, the Joe Goode Annex, NOHspace, the Garage Artspace, Kunst-Stoff Arts, and the Milkbar. She was also awarded multiple artist-in-residencies in the Bay Area, including Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the Subterranean Arthouse, and the Foundry. More recently, she held a studio residency at Clara Andermatt’s space in Lisbon. This year, Kaufman was nominated for an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (“Izzie”) for Individual Performance. She recently taught and was commissioned to create a new piece at Escola Superior de Dança, Lisbon. Kaufman lives and works in Lisbon.


Francisco Pinheiro (Lisbon, 1981) has been creating ephemeral and participatory installations, where he combines drawing, installation and sound. Francisco has been exhibiting in various galleries and art spaces, namely at Diego Rivera Gallery, The Lab and 1038 Project Space in San Francisco, CA; in Portugal he showed at Módulo – Centro Difusor de Arte (Lisbon), Camões Library (Lisbon), Contemporary Art Museum of Elvas (Elvas) or his house in Campolide (Lisbon). Currently he is an artist-in-residence at Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon). In 2014, he founded the West Coast collective with the artist Luísa Salvador. Francisco holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute (EUA, 2014) as a Fulbright/Carmona e Costa scholar and a Degree in Painting from the University of Lisbon (PT, 2005). He lives and works in Lisbon.


Sezen Tonguz Balıkesir, 1981. Sezen Tonguz studied contemporary dance and improvisation at ÇATI Dance Studio (Istanbul) and completed the Choreographic Creation, Dance Research and Training Programme (PEPCC) at Forum Dança (Lisbon, 2009). She collaborated with many artists such as Tetsuro Fukuhara, Ali Moini, Özlem Günyol & Mustafa Kunt, Anouk van Dijk, Vera Francisco, Marcus Neves and Sinan Kestelli, in various interdisciplinary projects. She has been a resident artist at CENTA (PT), Forum Dança (PT), CDO (PT), Tanzquartier Wien (AT), Uruzcunzeiro (BR), and Buitenwerkplaats (NL), and received the Klauss Vianna Dance Grant 2011 (Funarte, Brasil) for the dance/performance piece Recipe, co-created with Julia Salaroli. Her works were presented in Turkey, Europe and Brasil. She recently completed her master studies in Communication and Arts at New University of Lisbon (NOVA). Tonguz lives and works in Lisbon and Istanbul.



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