RAM MAN/ The Quiver Made of Flesh — dance piece

A scenic construction for one performer, where a space is inhabited by an animal pulse outbreaking from a human body. The mediating place of this zoomorphic transposition, is crossed by movement and air, where an object, a skin, subject of a metamorphosis process is impregnated with life, generating a state of vitality.

Article by Arnd Wesemann in “Tanz” about the piece and about Flocks&Shoals Collective.

Ram Man/The Quiver Made of Flesh is a solo created during 2012/13, where the idea of transmutation of matter takes place within a body. The piece approaches elements of Aomori, Buyo and Noh (Japanese Scenic Arts) within a poetic scope that relates funerary and mimetic gestures. The scenes are organised and developed within a game of mirrors, where repositions of actions along trajectories appear. The process of revealing and omitting matter is lead by light, in a permanent dialogue with the pulsation of sound.

This process relates elements of “invisibility”, “transition” and “otherness” creating maps of action from empty spaces, developed over cyclical structures of time. The piece is inspired by Haruki Murakami’s romance “A Wild Sheep Chase”, that develops the possibility of a sheep choosing a human body as its immortal residence.

Concept/ Performance: Catarina Miranda; Dramaturgic Support: Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Keiko Yamaguchi, Ryoya Fudetari; Original Sound Composition: Jonathan Uliel Saldanha; Sound Collaboration: Dayana Lucas, Filipe Silva, Yashiro Dounouku Taiko Kai; Exterior eye: Miranda Markgraf, Cristina Planas Leitão; Photography: Roger Rossel

Support: SummerStudios (at Parts/ROSAS), Dancebox, MaizuruRB, Dock11, Teatro do Campo Alegre, Orient Museum Foundation, Piso Colectivo, Soopa Collective, Flocks&Shoals Collective, Companhia Instável, N.E.C., A Sala, Curator’s Lab (Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012), PAJ/ IPJ.Acknowledgements: Júlio Mendes Rodrigo, A.M.Miranda, M.A.Miranda.

Presentations: Teatro Campo Alegre (Pt), Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória (São João’s Theatre/ Pt), Dock11 (De), DanceBox (Jp), Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012 (Pt)Concept/ Performance: Catarina Miranda

Full video of the piece here.



“The body that arises (…) is unfold in several layers and enters a game with a cloth that becomes alive, zoomorphic. Each vest runs as another skin and its constant changing leads us to a state of dispossession(…) The whole show is about transition. The possibility of occupying a space, covering and uncovering the various surfaces of reality.” – Tiago Mansilha, Revista BERLINDA http://www.berlinda.org/pt/palcos/ocupar-o-espaco-com-a-danca

“The solo work of Catarina Miranda develops a linear construction of Time where actions are being displayed consequently, leading a complex body through processes of continuous transformation and detachment of skins. This development is combined with a circular Tempo where the space is rebuilt through reiteration, an occupation mapped along cycles of embodiment.” – F&S Collective, Berlin http://www.flocksandshoals.com/ram-man-series-_-2nd-to-5th-may-dock11-berlin/.