2006 | instruction manual

Real Life in 3 chapters is a trilogy composed of three autonomous works: the solo performance Strategy No. 1: in between; the group performance Instruction Manual and the installation I is someone else. Real Life in 3 Chapters explores possible connections between reality and fiction and shares in the collection of significant questions posed by Dani Lima’s work, such as the development of a “everyday life poetics” and the cultivation of strategies for a possible “utopia of proximity”.

In Instruction Manual, public and private spheres intersect through the use of games, rules and instructions taken from the memories of the participants. A recollection of the references that have established us as individuals, as dancers, as Brazilians. The notion of identity – of a body, a dance, a group, a nation – as a construction marked by the view of the “Other”. The “neo-colonialism”, the “Brazilian body”.

manual de instruções
This performance was created through collaborative process by André Masseno, Dani Lima, Denise Stutz, Michelle Moura, Mônica Burity, Renato Cruz and Vivian Miller
concept and direction: Dani Lima
direction assistants: André Masseno, Denise Stutz and Alex Cassal
dramaturgy: Silvia Soter
art direction: João Modé
musical direction and original score: Felipe Rocha
soundtrack: Felipe Rocha and André Masseno
lighting design: Paulo César Medeiros
production: Tatiana Garcias
production executive: Márcia Dias
photos: Mauro Kury
video: Sesc TV


Manual de instruções is a party for the senses. The work manages to combine consistence in all the issues it raises with humor, interest, beauty. It does not neglect pleasure for a single moment and creates moments in which visual delight mingles with comedy, like the samba class in English, the method of dressing and undressing a T-shirt and the hilarious ‘history of my pelvis’. Read more
Mario Piragibe | Almanaque Virtual

“For those who have followed Dani Lima’s work over the years, it is not difficult to perceive the recurrence of certain questions in her work. In Real Life in 3 Chapters, two of her signature characteristics emerge on a larger scale. One as the object of research, and the other as an artist’s posture before the world. Identity as a construction stemming from our relationship with others is drawn from the individual experience of Strategy No. 1: in between and becomes collective in Instruction Manual; while the desire to pose questions in place of offering closed statements continues to place the spectator in an important role in this game. In Real Life in 3 Chapters identity assumes a plural sense, arising from the crossroads of collective and personal narratives, from intimate memories, inherited histories, from the possibilities of action when one already knows that the place to be occupied is not empty”.
Silvia Soter