Marco da Silva Ferreira


Why do we dance together? The rising Portuguese choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira explores the roots of collective dancing, movement as togetherness, from ancient traditions to street dance, seeking those common features which are passed down from one generation to the next and are still present in contemporary dance. Brother is a dance about the human as ‘social animal’ feeling the urgency to share things; a performance reviving the very first human community in the heart of a contemporary urban landscape. The union gives birth to rivalry, bonds of brotherhood and pleasure-hunting, combining Krump with African influences. The seven dancers’ movements, akin to a ritual, become an explosion of contagious energy, a constant game of mimicry. They merge into an ensemble through a constantly fragile alchemical process. They are transformed into moving bridges between the present and the remote past. Ferreira, a dance and choreographer with an unorthodox career, was originally active in street dance, became famous when he won his country’s edition of the talent show So you think you can dance and went on to collaborate with big names, such as Hofesh Shechter. Brother (2017) and his previous work, Hu(r)mano (2015), put Ferreira on the map of international dance through their selection by the Aerowaves network.

Por que dançamos juntos? O eminente coreógrafo português Marco da Silva Ferreira explora as raízes da dança coletiva, o movimento como união, das tradições antigas à dança de rua, procurando as características comuns que são passadas de geração em geração e que ainda estão presentes na dança contemporânea.

29 June / Post-performance talk with the choreographer