Toda a Gente Vai – Residence of Ana Rocha and Gio Lourenço

  • artes visuais
  • Dança
  • Performance
  • transdisciplinar


Jul 12 - 14 2024


All Day

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Toda a Gente Vai
of Ana Rocha & Gio Lourenço

"How much you have to move away from yourself to experience another way of being - and of being together," writes Brazilian journalist, researcher and writer Eliane Brum in "Banzeiro Òkòtó - uma viagem à Amazônia centro do mundo" (2021). This is a reflection that stems from the dialectics of the Same and the Other, of disidentification and disidentity, and on the Common, based on the philosopher Peter Pál Pelbart. What do these quotes have to do with Toda a Gente Vai?
In this \ site-specific performance Ana & Gio invite us to a time of immersion in the (in)certainties of human (in)humanity. What is common to every individual is "everyone is going to die." But "is everyone going to be born?", and what people does an individual represent, what conditioning and codes are attributed to them? From the voice to the text, the gesture and the body that is still a mystery, Ana & Gio start from a puzzle of conversations in search of another self and its maturing in the future. Toda a Gente Vai is a new creation by choreographers and multidisciplinary artists Ana Rocha & Gio Lourenço, in response to an invitation from the Circular'24 Festival.

Notas Biográficas
Ana Rocha (Porto, 1982) was a producer of visual arts, music and performing arts (theatre\contemporary dance), and also collaborates as a production manager for cultural projects. She is a curator, choreographer, performer, playwright and teacher. She has been working in the cultural and artistic field as an independent freelancer for 23 years, without a long-term contract.
She co-directed and founded MEZZANINE - a non-profit cultural association for the performing arts. She was part of the SOOPA collective and co-founded the OOPSA association. She has been part of other cultural structures (Galeria Frenando Santos \ Oficina, Fábrica de Movimentos, Balleteatro, Cão Danado & Cia and UFERSTUDIOS \ Berlin) and has collaborated in the production of various festivals, such as Serralves em Festa (Porto), Alkantara Festival and Sónar+D'22 (Lisbon).
She has participated in the international projects TRANSLOCA, CARE where?\CAREZINE and Tranzfabrik. She has presented her own performance works, Fraud by Nature (2012), Stabat Mater Furiosa (2017), LAVACURA (2019), Manual da Falla (2019), MudAres (2020), Entretanto(s) (2021), OraculÁreas (2021), OcioSamente (2022), #RebelRebel (2022), Óraculo de Adivinhação para o Gil, Eu&Água, Dei-te o Mundo de Traeja and Approaches to Tempest Birth (2023). She has participated in projects by visual artists and choreographers such as Fabienne Audéoud, Isabelle Schad, Dinis Machado, Rafael Alvarez, Benoit Lachambre, Antonija Livingstone, Gretta Sarfaty and collaborates with CA Conrad, Renan Martins, Mariana Tengner Barros, Teresa Fabião, Bernardo Chatillon, Gio Lourenço, Xavier de Sousa, Meg Stuart, Phillipe Quesne, Elpida Orfanidou, Igor Dobrivic, Luisa Mota, André Sousa, Davis Freeman and others. He was awarded the DanceWeb - Impulstanz'12 scholarship. Completed Deborah Hay's SPCP, "Dynamic" (2012).
She works as a cultural mediator and programmer (TAMANHO M, XXATENEUXXI'19, Cultura em Expansão (2018/2019 to 2024), To School Out of School'19 \ Colectivos Pláka, TanzKongress'19, ViaAberta\Mid Summers Night Dream'19, CURADURA'21, Set-Up'21\'23, A Casa de Sibila'22, among others), collaborating with informal arts organisations, artists' collectives and public institutions. She was an associate of the Ateneu Comercial do Porto. Ana collaborates as a freelance consultant for performing arts in different contexts and disciplines, artists and structures such as Sekoia Artes Performativas and Bela Associação, and Braga'27 CEC, among others. He was part of the founding and organising nucleus of Ação Cooperativista. He was a member of the jury for the PT'23 Platform programme \ Espaço do Tempo, La Caixa Foundation Creation Grant \ Espaço do Tempo'23 and Bantumen'23 in the area of performing arts. He is one of the three board members of REDE Dança ('23\'25).
She has taught at Tanzfabrik, Balleteatro, Oficina Zero, FBAUP, ESAP and ENSBA Lyon. Ana Rocha, mediates in the area of Culture & the Arts, creating a language of research and artistic and socio-political action engaged in the potential development of the creative process and its context. Ana operates in fields of multiplicity and cultural diversity, co-relating points of reflection and transition, by accompanying and consulting institutions, non-profit organisations, artistic collectives and national and international creators. She has a degree in Visual Arts and Art History and is studying for a PhD in Human Ecology at the New University of Lisbon.

Gio Lourenço was born in Luanda, Angola, and grew up in Portugal. Her recent performance, Boca Fala Tropa, premiered at Espaço do Tempo, then went on to the Alkantara International Performing Arts Festival, and is part of the Plataforma PT'23 programme. It was highlighted in the Expresso newspaper by Cláudia Galhós as one of the best dance shows. He received a scholarship from the National Culture Centre to train in Dance and Performance at c.e.m. He studied Theatre and Animation at CERCICA. He is a resident actor at the GRIOT Theatre, having taken part as an actor in plays directed by Zia Soares, Rogério de Carvalho, Nuno M. Cardoso, Guilherme Mendonça, Bruno Bravo, António Pires, João Fiadeiro, Hélder Costa, Paula Diogo, José Carretas, Amélia Videira and Genoveva Faísca. In dance and performance, he highlights collaborations with choreographers Filipa Francisco, Vânia Doutel Vaz and Calixto Neto. Gio has also collaborated with visual artists Francisco Vidal and Michelle Eistrup. Her performance "Preta" was presented at the Dutch Pavilion at the 17th Venice Biennale (on video due to the pandemic context), as part of Afaina de Jong's "Space of Others" project. She developed the "Botanical Memory" project for the Exploratorium catalogue, as part of the Venice Biennale, in partnership with Sofia Berberan. In April 2022, she took part in the Charging Change project by visual artist Michelle Eistrup, presented at Documenta in Kassel, Germany in 2022.


Ana Rocha / Gio Lourenço