HOMEWORK: Clara Andermatt
Inspired by the Fluxus movement, in which artists wrote instructions to be activated by the public inside museums, BoCA now invites artists to write instructions for activation at home. Every Monday, new scores are shared that challenge the audience to a dialogue between the outside and the inside, the body and the imagination.
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7 JUN: Clara Andermatt (dancer and choreographer)
Born in Lisbon in 1963. Considered one of the pioneers of the new Portuguese dance movement, Clara Andermatt’s career has revealed, over the years, a particularly unique artistic identity in the national and international artistic panorama, and a path that, undoubtedly, left the its mark in the history of contemporary Portuguese dance. He started his dance studies with his mother Luna Andermatt. In 1984 he graduated from the London Studio Center in London, received the Bridget Espinosa Scholarship, awarded annually to only one student, as well as the distinction “The Best Student Award”. That same year he obtained the complete diploma from the Royal Academy of Dance in London. She was a fellow of Jacob’s Pillow (Lee, Massachusetts, 1988), of the American Dance Festival – I.C.R. (Durham, 1994) and the Bates Dance Festival (Maine, 2002). Between 1984-88 he was part of the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa (directed by Rui Horta), and between 1989- 91 the Companhia Metros, in Barcelona (authored by Ramón Oller). In 1991 he returned to establish himself in Portugal and created his own company, currently known as ACCCA – Associação Cultural Companhia Clara Andermatt, choreographing a vast number of works regularly presented in Portugal and abroad.
In 1994 he started a strong relationship with Cape Verde, created several projects with local interpreters, training actions and collaborations with artists from different areas, which culminated in a series of residences, projects and shows. A collaboration for 7 consecutive years and that continues today. She is regularly invited to create for other companies, to teach at various educational establishments, and to participate as a choreographer in the fields of cinema and theater. Throughout his career he choreographed more than 50 works. She signs four pieces for the Ballet Gulbenkian (between 1996-2004), and also maintains a close relationship with the Companhia Nacional de Bailado, which invited her to choreograph three shows (between 2011-2020). Its path is marked by travel, by the encounter with other cultures and other artistic languages, especially in the border areas between formats and styles, between the trained and untrained body and the desire to approach the other, seeking to feel and perceive the singularity of each individual. With a language of her own, she has developed a singular work of two dimensions: artistic and inclusive. Since 2015, following an invitation from the Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira, he has been the artistic director of the “Lab inDança” project. An inclusive dance project also supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s PARTIS program. (2019-2021).