the company

2016 | emoticon

O projeto Emoticon surgiu em julho de 2016 dentro da residência artística Brasil-Holanda: HOBRA, que reuniu 20 profissionais e artistas de diversas áreas, 10 brasileiros e 10 holandeses, para 3 semanas de colaborações criativas. Emoticon foi o resultado de uma parceria entre a coreógrafa carioca Dani Lima, o coreógrafo brasileiro radicado na Holanda Fernando Belfiore e a videasta Clara Cavour. A videoinstalação Emoticon|Série HOBRA foi exibida na Centro Cultural Municipal Laurinda Santos Lobo, com os retratos gestuais dos 20 artistas participantes do projeto HOBRA. A série seguinte – Emoticon|Série Dança Carioca – foi uma co-produção com o Festival Panorama 2016, no contexto das comemorações dos seus 25 anos, e retratou 30 criadores que fizeram a história da dança carioca. A videoinstalação ficou em exibição contínua no Instituto Oi Futuro Flamengo durante o mês de Novembro de 2016. Foi considerado pela crítica especializada como um dos melhores trabalhos de dança de 2016.

Os retratos Emoticon são registros videográficos de pessoas em close e em corpo inteiro, durante uma entrevista em que provocações são feitas mas os entrevistados são convidados a não responderem com palavras. O que emerge nos retratos são reações não elaboradas previamente, detalhes do gestual facial, corporal, postural e dançado, marcas de modos de existência e da cultura que os gestou.


Emoticon convida o espectador a mergulhar na fruição da corporeidade gestual humana, investindo no cultivo de relações sociais de empatia e compaixão. Sendo um arquivo serial, elenca lado a lado inúmeros retratos realizados sob as mesmas condições, abrindo espaço para questões relacionadas à valorização das semelhanças entre diferentes e das diferenças entre semelhantes.

O projeto dá continuidade à pesquisa da coreógrafa Dani Lima a respeito do gesto, a qual já gerou inúmeros espetáculos de dança, livros e artigos nos últimos 15 anos. O gesto compreendido como um tecido de matéria carnal e de pensamento do qual fazem parte postura, atitude, olhar, gesticulação, voz, trejeitos, expressões faciais, tonicidade e movimentos,  que podem ser inconscientes, herdados, aprendidos, inventados e/ou escolhidos. Também dá desenvolvimento ao projeto “Retratos”, da videasta Clara Cavour, uma série de portraits filmados de artistas, pensadores, criadores, esportistas, cientistas, artesãos, profissionais, ativistas, em um encontro único com a realizadora, dando imagem a escrita oral do presente, cartografando os movimentos dos afetos e dos encontros.

2013 | little collection of everything

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2012 | 100 gestures

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2011 | conversations à la table – Kortrijk,BE

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In November  2011, Dani Lima and Alex Cassal were in a residency at Kunstencentrum Buda, in Kortijk, Belgium, in the context of the Europália.Brasil Festival, to discuss on the dramaturgy of Cia Dani Lima’s new creation for 2012, based on the research project “100 highlight gestures of the XXth century”.

The dramaturgy of a piece grounded in such a vast field is organized based on the criteria by which choices are made, on the perspectives adopted at every moment, on the micro to the macro, on the individual to the common, on the subjective to the social. How to satisfy the magnitude of the theme without it becoming diluted in the horizontality of encyclopedias? What experiences do we seek through this project?

 

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2011 | couve-flor: temporary artistic residencies

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For 9 days, Dani Lima was in residency at the headquarters of artist collective  Couve-flor Minicomunidade Artística Mundial, in the city of Curitiba, where she was part of project Couve-flor Manutenção Coletiva/ Residências artísticas temporárias (Temporary Artistic Residencies). The project proposes to create encounters and concrete spaces for creative exchange by inviting artists from out of town to develop their artistic proposals in close contact with the members of Couve-flor and other local artists. Other artists participating in the temporary residencies were Sheila Ribeiro, Eszter Salamon and Janiffer Lacey.

The following artists participated in Dani Lima’s residency: Candida Monte, Eduardo Simões, Gustavo Bittencourt, Guilherme Marks, Renata Hardy, Renata Roel, Ricardo Marinelli and Ronie Rodrigues



photos: Alessandra Haro

2010 | choreography for pavements, pedestrians and pigeons

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A partnership with filmmaker and multimedia artist Paola Barreto and a team of about 20 artists and technicians. Eleven dancers made a series of stealth choreographic interventions at Largo do Machado square, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

The performance is a real time composition, where performers follow rules and previously rehearsed diagrams of movement and at the same time they interact with pedestrians, architecture and unforeseen momentary situations. The rehearsed movements recall ordinary actions, daily urban gestures, the pace of time of pedestrians in such a way that the performers mix with the the people who are passing by the square, confusing the distinction between who is “acting” and who is “living”.

The interventions are recorded daily, for two months. A huge database of images of the neighborhood’s daily live is created. These images are added to the images transmitted in real time and projected during a “live cinema” performance happening simultaneously to the performance taking place on the square. The audience can choose how to watch the work: at ground level in the square, among the performers; at the Oi Futuro café, watching the images and sounds being edited in real-time; at the church tower, with binoculars and mp3 players, choosing their own view frame; or through online video streaming.

Choreography for pavements, pedestrians and pigeons” intends to cast a careful gaze upon Largo do Machado’s neighborhood, its architecture and landscape, users, daily life, past and present memories and contribute to rediscover the poetic potential of the public space. Reinforcing the idea that streets are spaces for experimentation, highlighting daily life experiences and constructing common values and the community as poetic force.


conception and direction of choreography: Dani Lima
conception and direction of videoinstallation:  Paola Barreto
performers: Alice Ripoll, Ana Pi, Átila Calache, Eléonore Guisnet, , Gimena de Mello, Juliana Medella, Luar Maria, Luciana Costa, Thiago Gomes e Tony Hewerton
choreography assistant: Laura Samy
video editing: Alexandre Antunes
fotos: Thiago Britto, Paola Barreto, Lola Vaz, Dani Lima,
videos: Thiago Britto, Alexandre Antunes, Paola barreto editing assistant: Lucas Canabravo
soundtrack and sound engineering: David Cole
camera: Thiago Britto e Guilherme Guerreiro
production director: Verônica Prates
executive producer: Isa Avellar

2010 | play! Leipzig

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For 10 days in June 2010, Dani Lima was in residency in the city of Leipzig, Germany, at the invitation of professor Patrick Primavesi and performing artist  Diana Wesser, with the support of Tanzarchiv Leipzig + Institut fur Theaterwissenschaft der Universitat Leipzig + Statens Teaterskole Copenhagen, to develop a series of interventions in the city’s public space after a workshop with local art students and professionals, within the festival “play! Leipzig – movement in urban space”.

The workshop “Choreography for pavements, pedestrians and pigeons” sought to establish a dialogue with the conceptual issues proposed by the festival concerning the reappropriation and revitalization of Leipzig’s public space: What is the relationship between daily movements and the urban environment? What is our attitude towards historical places and buildings? How can theatrical activities reflect and influence the city’s public sphere?

Performers: Dani Lima, Tine Damborg and Tabea Trathburg

2010 | for my daughter

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Dani Lima’s solo project in collaboration with choreographers João Saldanha and Marcela Levi. Project selected by  Rumos Itaú Cultural Dança program 2009/2010. In progress.

To speculate about an idea of femininity articulated upon two iconic references: pinup girls and the princess archetype in children imaginary. On one side, curves / distortions / obliquities involving the pelvis, the shoulders, the spine, the head and the eyes, inscribing certain qualities into the body and into the movement  identified in common sense as sensual and feminine. On the other side, the romanticism of princesses and their eternal longing for the prince charming that will rescue them from despair. The construction of an idea of femininity connected to the illusion of eternal love.

What kind of subversion can emerge when you turn something that is considered natural into something artificial? How can the shift of certain concepts inscribed into the body unveil a value system that bases our perception, establishing roles and power relations? How can new ways of thinking about femininity emerge from loopholes in these constructs?

The project’s proposal is to share with two other artists who have artistic references to femininity in their background – João Saldanha and Marcela Levi –  and create a kind of mosaic of interpretations about the same subject. To work with interlocutors as a way of investing in the “relational knowledge” constructed and structured in affectionate relationships, in the game of experience with alterity.

2009 | residence & reflexion

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Together with Bains::Connective, A.Pass/A.PT (Advanced Performance Training) e Vlaams Theater Institut, Kunstenfestivaldesarts has invited a number of artists to follow the festival closely. These young artists from around the world have attended various performances and discuss them with a number of international art critics, coordinated by researcher and dramaturg Elke Van Campenhout. For 10 days they have immersed themselves in both theatres and exhibition spaces before bringing their observations to de discussion table. Bu means of this Residence  and Reflexion Project, the festival aims to create a space in which various interpretative frameworks, political beliefs, ethical standards and aesthetic preferences will confront one another. Ideas may generate new ideas, and new perspectives may emerge from this confrontation.

Invited artists: Nikhil Chopra (IN), Hans Bryssnick (BE), Dani Lima (BR), Guillermo Calderon (CL), Groupe TOC (BE), Etienne Guilloteau (BE), Mark Teh (MY), Gianina Carbunariu (RO)

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2009 | little inventory of commonplaces

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Little Inventory of commonplaces is the result of a collaboration process involving 9 artists based on Dani Lima’s proposal of making an inventory of everyday life, of the gestures, objects and ordinary actions that usually go by unnoticed in daily routine.

On stage, 5 performers, 125 trivial objects, images and sounds of unimportant forgotten small memories try to penetrate other dimensions of banality, to awaken the perception of time, the sensation of being transient.

According to Roman philosopher Seneca in “On the Shortness of life”, “the part of life that we really live is small. For all the rest of existence is not life, but merely time”. Would these small memories and actions of everyday life – though devoid of relevance – be the materialization of the passage of time?


“Life is just what happens to you, while your busy making other plans”.
Jonh Lennon

creation and interpretation: Dani Lima, Laura Samy, Rodrigo Maia, Thiago Gomes
set design: João Modé
video: Paola Barreto e Lucas Canavarro
music: Felipe Rocha
light: Renato Machado
direction assistant: Alice Ripoll
dramaturgy (develloped in collaboration): Alex Cassal, Alice Ripoll, Dani Lima, Laura Samy, e Vivian Miller
production: Carla Mullulo e João Braune – Fomenta Produções
general concept: Dani Lima
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Before the eyes of the audience, the composition created by the artists, however brief, promotes associations of ideas and produces new meanings for the objects. Nonsense ends up turning into sense. At the same time, it sets the tone of the state necessary to surrender to the piece. The video projection of the combination of objects in pairs is a real find. A little like the way children turn stones into toys, this scene in fact broadens the perspective of what is little and shows the poetry of simple things. (…)Even if on stage it is almost never possible to escape transforming anything into something extra-ordinary, “Little inventory of commonplace” is able to deal with what it intends with much poetry and delicacy. It brings to the center life as John Lennon once suggested: as what happens when we’re making other plans“. Read more…
Silvia Soter | O Globo

A proposal is made to the audience: to look at the commonplace in a different way and to reflect about the importance of trivial actions in our lives. From this perspective, making coffee or clipping the nails are as special and alive as receiving a flower bouquet. The work is an invitation to contemplate a commonplace that isn’t commonplace and enjoy the aesthetic pleasure that can be offered by water swirling down the drain or by the texture of a group of blue objects besides a bunch of red ones“.

Emanuella Kalil | Idança

2008 | she and something else – study for a banal solo

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Wandering about the daily poetics, the ordinary actions that constitute the everyday life, and, however and for that very reason, pass unnoticed. Study created for the 2008 SESC Dance Solos/Rio de Janeiro, in collaboration with Micheline Torres.

concept and direction: Dani Lima and Micheline Torres
collaboration: Alex Cassal and Denise Stutz
soundtrack: Lucas Marcier
lighting design: Paulo Cesar Medeiros
photos: Bruno Veiga, Alex Cassal
creation and performance: Dani Lima


“With Ela e mais alguma coisa (She and Something Else) Dani Lima and Micheline Torres investigate the most usual feminine gesture, the one that pervades every day but is never revealed. The quality of what is presented, still in the shape of a full process of choreographic elaboration, is the spare tenderness of those who experience this gesture not as a product, but as something that exists in its own usual, almost trivial dimension, so commonplace it almost goes unnoticed.”
Roberto Pereira | Jornal do Brasil

“With  Ela e mais alguma coisa, Dani Lima, in partnership with Micheline Torres, seeks to create an environment in which dance loses any extraordinary qualities. The list of events that make up a day, almost all of them unimportant, serves as a backdrop to deal with dance as one of those events (…) Dani Lima’s presence oscillates between a state of near regular stillness and states in which she allows herself to be invaded by dance and she shows that, in her body, dance points to other designs.”
Silvia Soter | O Globo

“The intimacy of the body, flip-flops, pants, shirt, staring at the audience, about to say something, dancing or being still. The body almost moving. The body thinking about what to do. (…) We talk about contemporary dances that are so called because they think about the body as means to rethink its own dance, one that is not made only of stored, reproduced or composed steps, either in a new or an old configuration, but one made of a body that contains memory, histories full of stories and, therefore, images that expose the substance of the body.”
Nirvana Marinho | Polêmica Imagem