“Carcaça” hits the stage in Oslo

With Marco da Silva Ferreira’s choreography, the ten dancers in Carcaça perform fast-paced footwork that literally gets hot.

By Michael Hartmann. May 1, 2024.

(Photo credit: Jose Caldeira).

Carcaça (which means carcass or skeleton in Portuguese) is a performance rooted in the present, focused on the future with roots in the past. There is a vibrant, intuitive, carnivalesque wave of dancers.

Dance that combines urban forms with folkloric traditions creates a fast-paced, rhythmic, intense experience. Have a look:

Marco da Silva Ferreira is a self-taught Portuguese dancer and choreographer and a fast rising star in Europe. He is concerned with what drives collective identity, how the past and present affect the body, individual and community. Not least is he concerned with what and how we forget or turn something into memories.

– I want to provoke meetings between contemporary social dances that build community, that define groups of people today in a certain area; and which actually creates a collective identity. -Marco da Silva Ferreira

Marco Da Silva Ferreira. (Photo credit: Jose Caldeira).

“Dancing is silent poetry.”  -Simonides  

De Silva made his first production as a choreographer in 2013. As a dancer, he has a background in urban dance styles, and in 2010 he won So You Think You Can Dance in Portugal. Since 2008 he has been a professional dancer, working for international choreographers. Norway’s Hofesh Schechter is the best known.

“Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.” -Jacques d’Amboise.

Dancers are accompanied by drums played by João Pais Filipe and electronic music by Lus Pestana. Throughout the performance, this soundtrack combines references to traditional music, postmodern music, and club music.

Here are som stille from the performance:

(Photo credit: Jose Caldeira).
(Photo credit: Jose Caldeira).
(Photo credit: Jose Caldeira).
(Photo credit: Jose Caldeira).

“An amazing dance teacher is hard to find difficult to part with & impossible to forget.” -Unknown  

Dansens Hus is Norway’s national dance scene.  A wide range of Norwegian and international choreographers and companies are involved in the performances, from the very latest to international star choreographers.

Marco da Silva Ferreira will conduct a workshop at Dansens Hus on Saturday, May 4, 11 AM-1 PM.

You can watch Carcaça from May 1 to May 3. Tickets are available here.

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