“Terra Cobre” is a new creation commissioned by BoCA to the musician and sculptor João Pais Filipe and the choreographer and dancer Marco da Silva Ferreira. It is born and expands from the village of Alcáçovas (Alentejo), in a creative process that crosses the traditional rattle art of Alcáçovas – ancestral method of a manual manufacturing process – with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

Since rattles were a practice that UNESCO declared in 2015 as an Urgent Salvage Need, and since rewriting symbologies is a characteristic of Pais Filipe and Silva Ferreira – both in the universe of dance and in the universe of sculpture and sound -, “Terra Cobre” challenges traditional Portuguese iconography and symbolism to place it on an exploratory and sensory level. The project deepens an investigation around a device that offers sound and choreographic premises based on material heritage, questioning the historical and cultural properties of these objects.

João Pais Filipe and Marco da Silva Ferreira have already been present, individually, in previous editions of BoCA. In 2019, BoCA proposed the first exhibition of gongs to João Pais Filipe, “Voluta”, which was presented at Casa do Volfrâmio / Mosteiro de Tibães.  In the same year, in Lisbon, Marco da Silva Ferreira was the protagonist of “Silent Disco”. It is curious to see how sound, noise and silence occupy the imagination of both artists, under different layers of interest and materiality.

 

Creation and interpretation: João Pais Filipe and Marco da Silva Ferreira
Sound: João Monteiro
Executive producer: Ana Ademar, Hugo Alves Caroça, Mafalda Bastos
Commission and production: BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Co-production: Futurama, P-ulso
Artist residency: O Espaço do Tempo
Support: Fábrica de Chocalhos Pardalinho, Viana do Alentejo City Council

Next Performances

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  • The Talking Car

    16 June 2024 — 18 June 2024
    Wiener festwochen

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures. 

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  • TERRA COBRE

    18 July 2024 — 19 July 2024
    Festival dos Canais

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    06 September 2024 — 07 September 2024
    Nowy Teatr

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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  • The Talking Car

    09 October 2024 — 10 October 2024
    HAU Berlin

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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