A gesture that is nothing but a threat (Um gesto que não passa de uma ameaça)
As when we repeat a word until it loses its sense, in this work we try to place ourselves in that moment of loss of significance and within that possibility of degeneration and transformation, other words emerge. In changing the usual logics on the use of words we can observe how our mind works - from the apparent chaos of sound textures there is always a way of finding a logic and a connection to something we recognize. In this way we free ourselves from semantic and syntax determinisms, we dissimulate the apparent hierarchy between word, voice, movement and gesture, aspiring to new constellations of meaning that reflect the complexity of human experience that, so naively, we tend to contain in controlled systems and models.
In A gesture that is nothing but a threat we assume the word as a body that we expose to the same logics of composition and movement. To consider the word as a body is to deal with all its potency and to take in account not only its meaning, but also its sound plasticity and its relation to the voice, breathing, rhythm and musicality.
“At the heart of each language there is a network of rhymes, assonances, and overlapping meanings, and each of these occurrences functions as a kind of bridge that joins opposite and contrasting aspects of the world with each other.” Paul Auster in The Invention of Solitude
Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz collaborate since 2006. Until now, they have created: 25, Visegradska (2006); Under(the)line (2006); Sand Castle (2007), Involuntariamente (2007), Again from the beginning (2009), Unfolding (2009), O mesmo mas ligeiramente diferente (2010) and A gesture that is nothing but a threat (2011). Their works have been presented in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany and Romania. They are associated artists from O Espaço do Tempo and are currently living in Lisbon.
Sofia Dias (independent dancer/choreographer). Graduated from the National Conservatory of Dance in Lisbon. In 2001, she went to New York with the support of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture (I.P.A.E.); she attended the continuous formation at C.e.m. (Centro em Movimento) and kept on making many different workshops, being the most recent Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine (2011). In 2004 Sofia took part in the International Theatre Course La Nouvelle École des Maîtres, Project Thierry Salmon, with Jan Fabre. She has worked with Sofia Neuparth, Ronit Ziv/Companhia Instável, Javier de Frutos/C.I., Alias Compagnie/Guilherme Botelho, Lilia Mestre/Random Scream, Corinne Rochet/Co. Utilité Publique, Maria Ramos, Luís Guerra de Laocoi, Tânia Carvalho (replacement), Clara Andermatt and Marco Martins, amongst others. Since 2006 she collaborates with Vítor Roriz co-creating several choreographic works. In paralel she devotes herself to experimental sound work, creating the soundscapes for her works and collaborations.
Vítor Roriz (independent actor/dancer/choreographer). Graduated in Sports and Physical Education (Porto University). After working as an actor in Oficina Theatre Company (1997-00), under the direction of Moncho Rodrigues, he deepened his dance formation in Centro de Dança do Porto and in the Research and Choreographic Course from Fórum Dança/Lisbon. He took part in the multidisciplinary projects COLINA/Tallinn06 and was given a residency by APAP (Advancing Performing Arts Project) in Torres Vedras. He attended the DanceWeb Scholarship Programme in the context of ImpulseTanz 2011, in Vienna. He has worked with Paola Moreno, Bruno Dizien, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima vez, Guilherme Botelho/Alias Compagnie, Lilia Mestre, Davis Freeman/Random Scream, Aldara Bizarro, Abraham Hurtado, Clara Andermatt and Marco Martins, amongst others. Since 2006, he collaborates with Sofia Dias, co-creating several choreographic works.