Choreography and Artistic Direction

Marco da Silva Ferreira

Artistic Assistance

Catarina Miranda


André Speedy, Fábio Krayze, Leo Ramos, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Max Makowski, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis, Nala Revlon

Sound and Technical Direction

João Monteiro

Light Design

Cárin Geada


João Pais Filipe (percusionist) e Luís Pestana (eletronic music)


Aleksandar Protic


Emanuel Santos

Antropological Studies

Teresa Fradique

Portuguese Folk Dance

Joana Lopes

Production Direction

Mafalda Bastos

Executive Production

Mafalda Bastos e Joana Costa Santos

Production Structure



Art Happens


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 and Cultuurcentrum Brugge), La rose des vents – scène nationale Lille, Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq, TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai


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

Upcoming dates

14 Feb 2024
Theater Rotterdam_ (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
23 Feb 2024, 24 Feb 2024
Teatro Central_ (Sevilla, Spain)
14 Mar 2024, 15 Mar 2024, 16 Mar 2024
CENTQUATRE_ (Paris, France)
23 Mar 2024
CANKARJEV DOM_ (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
4 Apr 2024, 5 Apr 2024
MC2_ (Grenoble, France)
12 Apr 2024
Le TAP_ (Poitiers, France)
3 May 2024, 4 May 2024, 5 May 2024
DansensHus_ (Oslo, Norway)
10 May 2024, 11 May 2024
New Baltic Dance_ (Vilnius, Lithuany)
21 May 2024, 22 May 2024
Dublin Dance Festival_ (Dublin, Irland)
20 Sep 2024, 21 Sep 2024
Torinodanza_ (Turin, Italy)

Physical, intuitive and unpretentious flow of the body, dance and cultural construction


In C A R C A S S, Marco da Silva Ferreira uses dance as a tool to research about community, construction of collective identity, memory, and cultural crystallization. The choreography, which initially starts with jumping footwork as an agitator and accelerator, progressively draws a vibrant, rebellious and carnivalesque body towards resilience and togetherness. This research started in 2020 in the dance piece CORPOS DE BAILE to Companhia Nacional de Bailado. A cast of 10 performers form

a collective that researches 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, ball’s, cypher battles and the studio to approach standardized and immutable folk dances related to their memory/heritage. These dances from the past crystallized and were not able to integrate new definitions of bodies, groups and communities that were considered minor. It was necessary to break with the authoritarian, totalitarian, and paternalistic past. In C A R C A S S , an exercise that integrates the past and the present is proposed. Thinking about:

How do you decide to forget and make memory? 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 clubbing music (Techno/trance/dub).