So SoloAssociação Cultural Companhia Clara Andermatt (PT)
25.5.20011. | 20:00h | MCUK Novi Zagreb
26.5.20011. | 18:00h | MCUK Novi Zagreb
About the Show
Choreography and performance: Clara Andermatt
Concept and dramaturgy: Robert Castle, Alejandra Orozco, Clara Andermatt
Consultant: Alejandra Orozco
Original Music: João Lucas
Set Design: João Calixto
Light Design: Rui Horta
Costume Design: Alexander Protic
Technical Director: Anatol Waschke
Sound: Ângelo Lourenço
Coproduction: Culturgest, Teatro Nacional S. João
We live in a constant state of suspense and ambiguity, everything is precarious and unstable. Life is a perpetual fluctuation between the different aspects living within ourselves. A continuous balance between clarity and confusion, awe and understanding, sanity and insanity. We accumulate and we choose… and sometimes we fuck up everything!
As part of a multifaceted career covering many contexts – large scale productions, alternative and conventional venues, street performance, repertoire companies and many kinds of community-based work – Clara
Andermatt ventures into her first solo both as author and performer.
In So Solo Clara Andermatt is assisted by New York actor and director Robert Castle and later by actress and director Alejandra Orozco, whom she invited to help her expand character and dramaturgy work. Thus she continues to experiment the crossover of dance with other art disciplines.
About the company
The ACCCA - Companhia Clara Andermatt, is a dance company created in 1991 and based in Lisbon, Portugal. The company organizes and produces choreographer Clara Andermatt’s educational and artistic activities and provides support to the projects of emerging new artists.
With a high profile in the world of contemporary dance, the Companhia Clara Andermatt is active on many levels including creation, production, national and international recognition, training, cooperation and exchange.
The Clara Andermatt Company is funded by the Ministry of Culture / Direcção Geral das Artes.
About the author
Considered to be one of the pioneers of the new Portuguese dance movement, Clara Andermatt’s career revealed, throughout the years, a particularly singular artistic identity in the national and international scene, leaving a mark in the history of Portuguese contemporary dance which brought her public recognition.
Clara Andermatt began her formal training as a dancer with Luna Andermatt. In 1980 she was awarded a scholarship by the London Studio Centre in London, where she received a diploma after attending a four-year course. She also graduated with the full course diploma from the Royal Academy of Dancing, London.
After several workshops in England and the USA, she was invited by Prof. Mervin Nelson to participate in a theatre course in New York City. Clara received scholarships from the Jacob’s Pillow (Lee, Massachusetts, 1988), the American Dance Festival – I.C.R. (Durham, 1994) and the Bates Dance Festival (Maine, 2002).
She was a dancer with Companhia de Dança de Lisboa, from its foundation until June 1988, under the direction of Rui Horta, and a dancer with Compañía Metros of Ramón Oller in Barcelona from 1989 to 1991.
In 1991 she founded her own dance company.
In 1994 she began a close collaboration with Cape Verde. Clara created several pieces with Cape Verdian artists, conducted classes and workshops, and developed projects with artists from various fields. This collaboration culminated in a series of residencies and subsequent projects: Dançar Cabo Verde (1994) with choreographer Paulo Ribeiro, Projecto CV Sabe and Anomalias Magnéticas (1995), Uma História da Dúvida (1997) and Dan Dau (1999), a staged concert.
After attending several workshops by Prof. Michael Margotta, stage director and teacher of acting and script analysis, she was invited to become a member of the Actor’s Centre-ROME in 2002.
Clara Andermatt has an extensive work as a choreographer, both in Portugal and abroad. She is regularly invited to create pieces for other companies, to work as an artist-educator and to participate in films and theatre plays.
Her work reveals a clear tendency to work together with other artistic areas, especially on the borders between genres and styles, between subjects and between trained and untrained bodies and the desire to be closer to the other, trying to feel and perceive the differences of each individual.
Throughout her career Clara Andermatt has received several awards: 1982-83 The Bridget Espinosa Bursary − London; 1983 Best Student Award − London Studio Centre − and 2nd Choreography Prize for Cake Walk − London Studio Centre; 1989 1st Choreography Prize of the III Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid for En-Fim; 1992 Honourable Mention for the choreography Mel − Acarte/Madalena Azeredo Perdigão Award/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; 1994 Acarte/Madalena Azeredo Perdigão Award (together with Paulo Ribeiro) for Dançar Cabo Verde − Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; 1999 Almada Prize − awarded by the Portuguese Ministry of Culture to Uma História da Dúvida, which was also elected honourable performance of the Almada International Theatre Festival; recently she was nominated for the SPA/RTP Authors Award for best Choreography with Void.
“[…] The choreographer plays the fundamental role of embodying and expressing with remarkable openness – as an actress and as a dancer – a wide scope of expressions,
emotions, events and underlying ideas.[…]” Paula Varanda, in Público