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The songs we sing against the walls we clean



The songs we sing against the walls we clean is an outdoor performance around the concept of a choir of women.. We are interested in exploring the aesthetic and political potential of a choir - a collective of voices that negotiates anonymity and singularity, while sustaining together an ephemeral harmony. We are also interested in developing the relationship between voice, body and vulnerability, deconstructing the discourse that visibility should be associated with an idea of strength, potency, and clarity. What is a vulnerable voice? Can vulnerability be communicated?
If, as Audre Lorde said, “your silence will not protect you”, then maybe we’d better sing. Dare the imposition of this silence together, creating songs from the urgent need to name what bothers us, what moves us. This is a feminist artistic gesture, that aims at creating a collective space of listening and tuning with the voices, emotions and biographies of each woman that participates. Which repertoire of songs do they bring with them? Songs of complaint, of love, of rage, of transformation. What collective repertoire can our encounter produce? Which melodies are inscribed in different parts of our bodies? Can we awaken them so that they can finally speak up and sing? Melodies that weave the invisible nets that we need to build.

The choreographic research focus on the relationship between intimate space and public space, utilizing the outdoor landscape as a sounding board, where voices, bodies and movements map and amplify the vulnerability that is already within us, between us, and in the world. Propagating from body to body, from body to architecture, from walls to voices, from memory to gesture, from gesture to desires of future.
One important part of this project is the involvement of the local community in the creation of a performance, through a workshop of voice and movement. The participants of the workshop will be the performers of the piece and co-creators of the material generated.

The project already involved 45 women, in 5 diffent workshops, in Coimbra, Lisbon and Serpa. This album was created as an artistic object to document these encounters: 



WORKSHOPS
17 - 20 JUN 2021: Centro Cultural da Malaposta (Odivelas)
5 - 16 JUL 2021: Linha de Fuga (Coimbra)
13 – 19 SET 2021: Alkantara (Lisboa)
19 – 25 MAR 2022: Musibéria (Serpa)

PRESENTATIONS
26 MAR 2022: Musibéria (Serpa)
28, 29 OUT 2022: Casa da Memória (Guimarães)



Artistic Direction: Catarina Vieira
Musical Direction: Aixa Figini
Co-Creation: Josefa Pereira, Aixa Figini, Catarina Vieira
Documentation and sound edition: Artur Pispalhas

Financial Support: República Portuguesa - Cultura I DGARTES – Direção-Geral das Artes; Garantir Cultura
Co-production: Alkantara 
Support: Linha de Fuga; Efémera Colecção
Residencies: Alkantara; Centro Cultural da Malaposta; Musibéria; Espaço da Penha | O Rumo do Fumo







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