Dream is the Dreamer is the title for a spatial evocation. A solo exercise for stage, designed for 1 performer and 3 plastic bags, where a fictional topography is activated, establishing a collective imaginary, projected through the development of word and gesture.
The empty space is intercepted by a protocol of coordinates, where a sequence of science fiction events is described and embodied, building a scenic time zone. The construction of the sensitive experience of the body starts from the exercise of contemplation, where a solitary character stands in contrast to the horizon line. Through the manipulation of plastic objects, the monstrous dimensions of a body-flesh-skin, are put in relation and evidence. The gesture’s vocabulary is inspired in the codifications of NOH Theatre and used with the aim to generate situations of analogy and abstraction, relating the scenic word. The themes of this project reflect the interest on Anthropocentrism, Post-Humanism, Aerocene, Science Fiction, Atomic World and Ecology. This project saw it’s begging during Master EXERCE between 2016-18 and it was premiered at DDD Festival, in May 2019.
Catarina Miranda presents Dream is the Dreamer at Short Theatre 2020 thanks to the co-habitation with Materiais Diversos within the Displacement of the festival / More Than This.
Catarina Miranda has been developing and presenting projects mostly for stage, working with languages that intercept movement, voice, image, scenography and light, approaching the body as a vessel for hypnagogic transformation and conscience of the present. She highlights the pieces Dream Is The Dreamer, Boca Muralha, Mazezam and Reiposto Reimorto presented between Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), Théâtre de Liège (Belgium), Serralves Foundation (Porto/Portugal), Festivals DDD, Materiais Diversos, Pays de Danses. Miranda has finished the Master on Choreography EXERCE at ICI-CCN (Montpellier/ France) and the BA in Visual Arts at Fine Arts University (Porto/ Portugal). She studied NOH Theatre at TTT Program 2018 in Kyoto (Japan).
artistic direction, text, scenography Catarina Miranda
performance André Cabral
choreographic conception Catarina Miranda, André Cabral
music composition Jonathan Saldanha
light Leticia Skrycky
executive production Sara Gomes
stage assistant Pedro Galante
co-production DDD Festival / Municipal Theatre Porto
diffusion Sara Abrantes/ Materiais Diversos
diffusion/executive production Joana Cardoso
support DGARTES/ Portuguese Ministry of Culture, Materiais Diversos (Lisbon, Portugal), Explore Dance Festival (Bucharest, Romania), Be My Guest International Network.
residencies Pact Zollverein (Essen, Germany), Nave (Santiago, Chile), Grand Studio (Brussels, Belgium), WASP (Bucharest, Romania); EXERCE/CCN-ICI (Montpellier, France), Espaço do Tempo (Montemor o Novo, Portugal), Srishti Institute (Bangalore, India)
research programs EXERCE/CCN-ICI (Montpellier, France); TTT/ Traditional Theatre Training in NOH (Kyoto/Japan)
acknowledgements Cristina Planas Leitão, Luísa Saraiva, Sara Abrantes, Sofia Matos
whitin More Than This
© Jose Caldeira
Notes on Short Theatre 2020
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Who or what—real or imaginary, present, past or future—do you think contributed to the creation of this work?
What do you imagine you will say about this work in fifteen years time? Would you ever have imagined making such work fifteen years ago?
Yes, I would have imagined making such work fifteen years ago.
More than what I will say about this work, I am curious to see how this research will evolve in 15 years time.