© Sofia Dias&Vítor Roriz

Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz [PT]
O que não acontece
My novels don't exist as ideas in my head. (...) They exist only as they are written; I am blank before. Just as one can't run a race in one's head, one must wait for the gun to start.
Susan Sontag
Choreographers Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz have worked together since 2006, experimenting and creating work about the plasticity of words and the relationship between body and objects. If in the past they believed each piece to be a window into a specific moment of their research, they now understand each piece as a synthesis of life itself. As if each performance reflects a (re)vision of the world, of what it is to live, to destroy and build something with the other.

In the two years since Performances for Alkantara at the Alkantara Festival, Dias and Roriz have developed a series of performances in non-conventional spaces in an attempt to isolate and question the elements of their research: the relation of gesture to words spoken and sung, the way in which objects inform movement, and writing as a performative act or choreographic action. Their need now is to transpose that research onto the stage without losing the intimacy, playfulness, and unpredictability of earlier performances. A synthesis, yes, mostly of what was left to do. No pauses, no blanks, no punctuation.

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May 31 – June 2

Thu → 21h
Fri, Sat → 19h

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Sala Estúdio

Running time
70 min approx.


Age guidance

In Portuguese and English, with Portuguese and English surtitles


Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz are a duo of independent dancers and choreographers. They began collaborating in 2006 on the research and creation of performances that have since been presented in over 17 countries. Their research focusses on words, voice, sound, objects, and the relationship between movement and gesture. In 2011, they were awarded the Prix Jardin d'Europe for A gesture that is nothing but a threat that questions the hierarchy between words and movement. They have been invited to collaborate with different artists such as Catarina Dias, visual artist and long time collaborator, Lara Torres, Marco Martins, Clara Andermatt, and Mark Tompkins, and since 2014 they perform in Antony and Cleopatra and Sopro (2017) by Tiago Rodrigues. They regularly teach workshops and classes and have organized residencies and reflection groups for artists in different contexts. They are curators for the second edition of PACAP - Advanced Program for Creation in Performing Arts, Forum Dança (2018/2019).
Directed and performed by Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz
Artistic collaborators Thomas Walgrave, Alex Cassal, Pedro Costa, Catarina Dias
Sound Sofia Dias
Technical director Nuno Borda de Água
Production S&V
Coproduction Alkantara
International touring Something Great
Artistic residencies Culturgest, Espaço Alkantara, TNDMII, OPART/Companhia Nacional de Bailado/Estúdios Victor Córdon - Programa em Trânsito
Translation Joana Frazão
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