16 & 17 Feb

Tânia Carvalho Weaving Chaos

With Weaving Chaos, Portuguese choreographer Tânia Carvalho delves into the Homeric saga to redefine the never-ending journey. With an intensity that leads, through the prism of movement and rhythms, to extreme states of exhaustion


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Tânia Carvalho, a new icon of Portuguese dance, visits Dansens Hus for the first time. She loves ambitious projects. In 2011 she signed Icosahedron, a success awarded with a Best Performance Award in Portugal. Initially as a member of the punk collective Bomba Suicida and then later as an independent artist, Carvalho has remained faithful to her own Ithaca: movement. With Weaving Chaos, Carvalho delves into the Homeric saga to redefine the feeling of returning home and of a never-ending journey.  Clearly influenced by the inexhaustible dramatic imagery of the epic poem, she has composed on stage a complex living sculpture of twelve dancers, a highly individual choreography whose protagonist is the suffering body.

Weaving chaos transposes Ulysses’ journey into choreographic language in a sort of ballet where all romantic actions would leave room for violent and furious actions. The twelve interpreters, classical or contemporary dancers, actors are embarked in this adventure, with an intensity that leads, through the prism of movement and rhythms, to extreme states of exhaustion. Influenced by the storms, characters and situations described in the book, she translates this text into movement, to incarnate without illustrating the gallery of heroes of the Odyssey. The choreographer reveals the “living chaos” embodied, according to her, by the main character, a complex Greek figure of heroism. Expressionist writing, the play gives rise to lively paintings of a dark beauty, which project us on terribly unusual shores.