Marco da Silva Ferreira (Portugal) – BISONTE



Duration: 50 min.

“From the apparent calmness comes a revolution, from the beast comes a caress. These figures are rugged emotional cyborgs, incapable of simply existing. Their touch is sensitive, their sense of smell is clear, their sight is eagle-eyed.

We all cry and fear, we all desire and love and try to fit in, shielded by isolating armours, but we end up trapped in a box that defines us. What sensitivity do I devise today? What is the extent of intimacy? What do I intend to show if I hardly know myself? 

Bisonte is a ring of hysteria and melancholy where life is a waltz, and dance is there for the taking – and it takes everyone to tango. A persistent pulse sets the pace beneath the echoes of melodies from what is hidden within us. Gender is faded, making room for a gritty, vulnerable and beautiful existence.” – M. S. Ferreira

Marco da Silva Ferreira (1986, Santa Maria de Feira) is a dancer, choreographer and artistic director of Pensamento Avulso. Marco ​​started his practice of the body through high performance swimming and by getting a degree in physiotherapy. Although he never used the degree in his professional life, it helped him to decide to focus on the body’s practice in the performing arts. His journey to becoming a professional choreographer was made in a self-taught way through dance styles with African-American influences that flowed in an urban context. Between 2018 / 2019 Marco was associated artist in Teatro Municipal do Porto and in 2019 / 2020 / 2021 became associated artist in Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen in Normandie.


Artistic Direction Choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira

Performers: Cácá Otto Reuss, Duarte Valadares, Eríc Santos, João Reis Moreira, Marco da Silva Ferreira and Melissa Sousa.

Original cast: Anaísa Lopes, André Cabral, and Leo

Assistant Artistic Director: Pietro Romani

Technical direction and light design: Wilma Moutinho

Light technician: Cláudia Valente

Sound design: Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins

Live act: Rafael Ferreira

Musical direction: Marco da Silva Ferreira, Rui Lima and Sérgio Martins

Stage design: Fernando Ribeiro

Costumes: João Rôla and Marco da Silva Ferreira

Production direction: Mafalda Bastos, Mafalda Bastos

Executive producer: Joana Costa Santos

Producer: Pensamento Avulso, Associação de Artes Performativas

Artistic residencies: O Espaço do Tempo (PT), Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT), Centro Cultural Vila Flor (PT), Charleroi Danse (BE), Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie (FR), La Place de la Danse Centre de Developpement Chorégraphique National Toulouse — Occitane (FR)

Diffusion: Sarah De Ganck / ArtHappens.be / info@arthappens.be

Supported by Associate Artist Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie

Photo: Jornal Público


May 10 2023


19:00 - 19:50


Arts Printing House