Ana Isabel Castro, Ana Rita Teodoro, António Pedro Lopes, Cristina Planas Leitão, Marco da Silva Ferreira

A collection of video-portraits of artists, depicted as oracles, in dialogue with a suspended sculpture of a whale-like figure in sleeping position.

The initiative to portrait different artists, who are filmed moments after being subjected to states of immersion, through physical and sound activation, potentiates the idea of accessing the “black boxes” of these visionary bodies, promoting the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and the appearance of subconscious speeches.

Seeking to define an axis between the occult interior and a skin contour, in this dynamic dichotomy the body is seen as a cognitive entity, emitter—receiver of a multi-apparitional flux of visions. In an attempt to reclaim the flesh and hypnagogic individual hallucinations, each body is depicted a soothsayer (the one who tells the truth), returning the manifestation of their gestures on camera.

The dialogue between the video-portraits and the moving inflatable sculpture of an exploded whale, opens the imaginary space for a chimeric animal, a science fiction figure who’s moving surface becomes a medium for projection and speculation, a riddle dispositive.

For the first phase of this collection, we have invited the artists Ana Isabel Castro, Ana Rita Teodoro, António Pedro Lopes, Cristina Planas Leitão, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Laura Kirshenbaum e Volmir Cordeiro, who’s imagery dimensions are very present in their own creations.

POROMECHANICS  integrates the project BURNING ECLIPSE, that reflects about the constant and porous movement between imagery vision and artistic creation. The proposal aims to place in dialogue two vectors of parallel and interdependent discourse: the first, POROMECHANICS, a series of video portraits of artists; in counterpoint with the dance piece CABRAQIMERA.


Artistic Direction — Catarina Miranda

Invited Artists (1st round) — Ana Isabel Castro, Ana Rita Teodoro, António Pedro Lopes, Cristina Planas Leitão, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Laura Kirshenbaum, Volmir Cordeiro.

Singers — Cobra’Coral / Ece Canli, Clélia Colonna, Catarina Miranda

Capture & Edition — Catarina Miranda

PRODUCTION & DIFFUSION — Sara Abrantes/ Materiais Diversos

Executive Production — Joana Cardoso

COPRODUCTION — Materiais Diversos (Lisboa/PT), SOOPA (Porto / PT); TMP (Porto / PT); Walk&Talk (Açores/ PT); CND Centre Nacional de la Danse (Paris, France), ICI-CCN Montpellier – Occitanie (as part of Life Long Burning project supported by the European commission — Montpellier / France);

Project funded by DGArtes/ Portuguese Government and by 5 Sentidos Portuguese Cultural Network (C.C. Vila Flor, TAGV, T.M.Guarda, Cine-Teatro Louletano, Teatro Micaelense, T.M.Porto, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro Nacional São João, Teatro Viriato).


27th-28th April 2021— Premiere — DDD Festival, TMPorto (dates tbc)

30th April 2021— Abril Dança Festival, Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Coimbra

8th-18th July 2021 — Walk&Talk Festival— Teatro Micaelense/ Azores (dates tbc)

28th January 2022 — São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisbon

Dates to be confirmed — Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães; Teatro Municipal da Guarda; Teatro Viriato, Viseu 



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