Program Main Stage

22.07 | 22:00 | 75’

23.07 | 21:00 | 75’

Kalamata Dance Megaron / Main Stage



About the performance

Admission: 16 years and over

In CARCAÇA, Marco da Silva Ferreira uses dance as a tool to research communities, the construction of collective identity, memory, and the concept of cultural crystallisation. The choreography, which initially starts with jumping footwork as an agitator and accelerator, progressively leads a vibrant, rebellious and carnivalesque body towards resilience and togetherness. This research originated in 2020 with the dance piece CORPOS DE BAILE at the Companhia Nacional de Bailado.

A cast of 10 performers form a collective, researching their collective identity in a physical, intuitive and unpretentious flow of the body, dance and cultural construction. They start from familiar footwork, coming from clubbing, balls, cypher battles and the studio to approach standardised and immutable folk dances related to their heritage. These dances from the past have been crystallised and were not able to integrate new definitions of bodies, groups and communities that were considered minor at the time. It is necessary to break with the authoritarian, totalitarian, and paternalistic past. In CARCAÇA, an exercise that integrates the past and the present is proposed. Thinking about: How do we decide to forget and to make memories? What is the role of individual identities in building a community? What is the driving force of an identity? What world is the individual and collective body going through? Or, rather, what bodies are crossing the world? 

The steps, complex but made with simple sneakers, will bring not only the sound to the stage, but also the exchanges between kinetic, thermal, and light energy. The physical sounds are accompanied by drums played by João Pais Filipe and electronic music by Luis Pestana. These elements, performed live, constitute an accelerated soundtrack that interconnects references from traditional music (for example, fanfares and marches), postmodern music and club music (techno / trance / dub).


With the support of the Embassy of Portugal in Athens.

  • Artistic Direction & Choreography: Marco da Silva Ferreira
  • Artistic Assistance: Catarina Miranda
  • Performers: André Garcia, Chloé Robidoux, Fábio Krayze, Leo Ramos, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Max Makowski, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis
  • Lighting Design: Cárin Geada
  • Technical Direction and Sound: João Monteiro
  • Music: João Pais Filipe (percussionist), Luís Pestana (electronic musician)
  • Costumes: Aleksandar Protic
  • Set Design: Emanuel Santos
  • Anthropological Studies: Teresa Fradique
  • Folklore Dances: Joana Lopes
  • Production Direction: Mafalda Bastos
  • Production: Mafalda Bastos, Joana Costa Santos 
  • Production Structure: Pensamento Avulso
  • Production Structure: P-ulso
  • Distribution: ART HAPPENS
  • Co-Production: Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Big Pulse Dance Alliance, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), Julidans (The Netherlands), Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland) and ONE Dance Week (Bulgaria), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie, La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne, Maison des Arts de Créteil, KLAP – Maison pour la Danse, CCN – Ballet National de Marseille, Charleroi Danse, Centre Chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles, December Dance (Concertgebouw & Cultuurcentrum Brugge), La Rose des Vents – Scène Nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq, TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai 
  • Support: República Portuguesa – Cultura, DGARTES – Direção Geral das Artes
  • Artistic Residencies: A Oficina (Guimarães), Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-novo), Teatro Municipal do Porto

Marco da Silva Ferreira was born in Santa Maria da Feira in 1986 and received a degree in physiotherapy from Instituto Piaget, Gaia (2010). He never went into this line of work but it led him to focus on Health Sciences. His dedication to body practice began in 1996 through sport, specifically high-performance swimming. In 2002, he abandoned swimming to give way to body practice in the performing arts. His path was self-taught, focusing on dance styles that emerged within an urban context and featured afro-descendant influences. Between 2002 and 2010, the focus and vocabulary of his dancing became increasingly diverse and closer to contemporary improvisation tools and composition. In 2010, he won the TV contest So You Think You Can Dance – Portugal.

A professional performer since 2008, he has danced for André Mesquita, Hofesh Shechter, Sylvia Rijmer, Tiago Guedes, Victor Hugo Pontes and Paulo Ribeiro, among others. His performance HU(R)MANO (2013) earned him a place among the Aerowaves Priority Companies (2015) and was performed on a national and international level until 2018. BROTHER (2016) started a conversation on dance and its meaning today, exploring its origins while at the same time connecting the art form to the contemporary body. It premiered at the Teatro Municipal do Porto-Rivoli and has toured extensively internationally and nationally, receiving another place at Aerowaves Priority Companies (2018). Bisonte (2019) is a performance on identity that strikes a balance between rage and melancholy, playing with gender masks, power dynamics and vulnerability. SIRI (2021), a sci-fi dance piece produced in collaboration with Portuguese filmmaker Jorge Jácome was realised within the framework of the Foundation d’Entreprise Hérmes — New Setting Program. In 2022, he presented førm Inførms with the South African Company Via Katlehong at the Julidans festival, a duet titled Fantasie Minor at CND de Caen, and by the end of the year CARCAÇA as part of the Big Pulse Dance Alliance.

Between 2018 and 2019, Marco was an associated artist at the Teatro Municipal do Porto and between 2019 and 2021 he was the associated artist at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen in Normandie.