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 Post subject: A little birdie from Lisbon told me...
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2006 7:47 am 
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A little birdie from Lisbon told me that...

from the ashes of Lisbon’s now disbanded Ballet Gulbenkian, a creative talent has quietly been developing in a Lisbon suburban health and fitness centre, Mega Craque Clube Faia.

Cesar Moniz, (ex Gulbenkian) a new and exciting chorographer, has brought together a small troupe of committed professional dancers from Holland, Portugal, Italy, Japan, Brazil and the UK who will burst onto the international dance scene in April 2006.

The creative void left in the demise of Portugal’s Ballet Gulbenkian is to be filled by this new and tenacious dance company called the Kamusuna Ballet Company of Lisbon.

Watch this space for further details :D

Kamu Suna Ballet Company Actividades Artisticas (Lda), Mega Craque Clube Faia, Lisbon, Portugal


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 Post subject: The Kamu Suna Ballet Company of Lisbon
PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:45 am 
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Some information on the artistic director.

CESAR AUGUSTO MONIZ

Born in Lisbon (1963) Cesar trained at Ballet Gulbenkian and the distinguished Escola Centre de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, later joining Ballet Gulbenkian as a dancer. Early on he developed an interest in choreography and soon earned opportunities to work with the many visiting guest choreographers. He spent two seasons with Compañia Nacional de Danza in Madrid under the direction of renowned Nacho Duato, whose influence contributed enormously to his choreographic development and interpretation of dance. He gained recognition as a young choreographer through his extensive work with Gulbenkian’s Experimental Studios and chorographic and teaching projects for dance companies;

Escola Superior de Dança
Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional
Companhia de Dança de Lisboa
Companhia Nacional de Bailado
Ballet Gulbenkian
Lisboa Ballet Contemporâneo.

As well as the driving force and choreographer of various commercial projects for television, fashion and cinema;

FIL Moda 90
Miss Portugal 1996 ( SIC )
Miss Portugal 1997 ( SIC )
Haute Couture Defilé - Palácio da Ajuda
Troféus Nova Gente 1998 ( RTP 1 )
Parque Mayor 2000 ( RTP 2)
Look Elite International Award 2002 /( RTP1)
Lusomundo Premier – Galery ( private TV )

word of Cesar’s choreographic and teaching skills spread and he has visited professionally;

República Checa - Praga
Alemanha - Leipzig
Espanha - Santiago de Compostela
Holanda - Tilburg
Brasil - Salvador
Índia - New Delhi

Well established now, his distinctive style is inspired by his interest in oriental arts and practices. The popularity of his work is evident; the next step, inevitable and the Kamu Suna Ballet Company is born.


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 Post subject: Thanks for telling!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:02 am 
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It has really been a pitty that the Ballet Gulbenkian disapeared but lets see what this new company brings.

I'm keen of Nacho Duato's works and if the style of this choreographer is close to that of Nacho even if he has now other sources of inspiration I would be glad to see this new company soon.

Do they have a web page? keep as posted on any progress please :)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 5:12 am 
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It's always a sad day when a ballet company goes under and a city like Lisbon deserves a vibrant dance scene.

Tell me Lisboa, is there still a ballet festival held in Sintra? Some years ago I saw the Imperial Russian Ballet dance in the gardens of a palace called Stetais (I my have mis-spelt that) in Sintra and it was such a very beautiful setting. I would love to go again at some time, perhaps you could post some information about the Sintra Festival here as I've always been unable to find anything about it on line.


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 Post subject: Sintra Festival Noites de Bailado
PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 7:54 am 
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I have not seen any advertisement for this festival for some years. However it is still referred to by the tourist board so perhaps this year there will be a festival.


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 Post subject: WHAT DOES KAMUSUNA MEAN?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:57 am 
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Kamusuna -

An ancient and symbolic interpretation of ‘creative forces’ - in this context, expressed through dance.

Kamu = the intersection of Ka (fire) and Mu (water)
Suna = Su is the universal driving force
Na is the creation of something out of nothing


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 Post subject: MARATONA DA DANÇA - 30 ABRIL - TEATRO CAMÕES
PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 5:52 am 
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Entre as 18:00 e as 24:00, sete coreógrafos portugueses apresentam variadas formas de encarar a dança, como arte extremamente diversificada, em plena expansão.

O programa não ambiciona apresentar um leque completo da rica criação contemporânea, mas antes juntar alguns criadores nacionais que têm desenvolvido uma obra consistente de reconhecida qualidade.

O espectáculo consta de três partes, com dois intervalos. O público pode optar por assistir a qualquer dos bailados, ou à totalidade do espectáculo (preço único, sem marcação de lugar).

Serão apresentadas as seguintes peças curtas:

Né Barros - Dia Maior (versão curta)
Daniel Cardoso - No Começo...
César Moniz - Trovão (fragmentos)
António Tavares - K’mê Deus
Tânia Carvalho - Explodir em silêncio nunca chega a ser perturbador
Olga Roriz - Jardim de Inverno
Rui Horta - Broken

30 ABRIL - TEATRO CAMÕES, LISBON, PORTUGAL

Início do Evento: 18H00


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 Post subject: (Not perfect) but a translation in English
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 12:51 am 
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MARATONA DA DANÇA – MARATHON OF DANCE

Teatro Camoes, Lisbon. 30 April 2006

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Starting at 6pm to midnight, seven Portuguese choreographers will present a broad cross-section of varied forms of this extremely diversified art.

This program does not aspire to present the complete range of the rich creation of contemporary dance, but presents some of the nation’s choreographers who have produced solid work of a recognised quality.

The show is in three parts with two intervals and members of the public can opt to attend all or one or two parts of the programme.

Né Barros - Dia Maior (Bigger Day- short version)
Daniel Cardoso - No Começo...(In the Beginning)
César Moniz - Trovão (fragmentos) (Thunder - fragments)
António Tavares - K’mê Deus
Tânia Carvalho - Explodir em silêncio nunca chega a ser perturbador (literal translation - To explode in silence never becomes a disturber)
Olga Roriz - Jardim de Inverno (Conservatory)
Rui Horta - Broken


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:09 am 
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Thanks Lisboa for the English translation. They recently had a similar dance marathon for new choreography in Tallinn, Estonia. It lasted 5 hours and wasa great success. The party afterwards went on till 8am. And the only bad thing is that I missed it!


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 Post subject: The Line up -MARATONA DA DANÇA – MARATHON OF DANCE
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:27 am 
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Né Barros - Dia Maior (Bigger Day- short version) Born in Oporto, in 1963, early training in classic dance. In 1985 she interrupted her studies with the Faculdade de Ciências do Porto (Faculty of Sciences of Oporto) to study dance in the Smith College in Massachusetts,USA, thereafter completing a theatre degree course at Escola Superior Artística, and in 1990 obtained a Masters in Dance Studies at Laban Centre. Co-founder and a member of Balleteatro. 1992 saw the start of her creative works with the company. In April of 1999, she received the Prémio de Melhor Coreografia por Passos em Branco for ‘Steps in White’, created for the Companhia Nacional de Bailado ate Estúdio Coreográfico 99.

Daniel Cardoso - No Começo...(In the Beginning) - cannot verify that the following information relates to this Daniel but am about 99% sure. Daniel was educated at the National Conservatory Dance School of Lisbon in 1996. After his education he joined Martha Graham Dance Company in New York. In 1997 he received the Coca-Cola Foundation Award for artistic excellence. In his time in USA he danced the principal as the prince in Nutcracker together with different solo roles in The Harlem Nutcracker by Donald Byrd and in Snow On The Mesa by Robert Wilson. He danced and choreographed also in the film Altar Dance directed by Joe Clifford. In June 2001 Cardoso restaged Martha Graham’s Maple Leaf Rag
in The Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. He taught also at the Martha Graham Dance Centre., In August 2001 he became a member of the PSB.

César Moniz - Trovão (fragmentos) (Thunder - fragments) His choreography has strong classical influences, his distinctive style is inspired by his interest in oriental arts and practices - a combination of original movement with a new physical vocabulary. Born in Lisbon (1963) Cesar trained at Ballet Gulbenkian and Escola Centre de Danse Rosella Hightower in Cannes, thereafter joining Ballet Gulbenkian. He developed an early interest in choreography and Nacho Duato’s influence contributed enormously to his choreographic development and interpretation of dance. He has gained recognition as a young choreographer creating pieces for Escola Superior de Dança, Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional, Companhia de Dança de Lisboa, Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Ballet Gulbenkian and Lisboa Ballet Contemporâneo. His most recent work has sparked a growing international interest.

António Tavares - K’mê Deus - Cape Verdean dancer and choreographer. António started dancing in Cape Verde, where he was born. He came to Portugal with a scholarship and started dancing with Olga Roriz and Francisco Camacho. In 1997 he realised his first full evening choreographies, Fou-Naná (Centro Cultural de Belém), which is still being presented, and SOBREtudo (DANÇAS NA CIDADE 97). Since 1996 António Tavares has also been a dancer-choreographer with the orchestra Sons de Lusofonia.

Tânia Carvalho - Explodir em silêncio nunca chega a ser perturbador (A Silent explosion is not quite disturbing) Tânia Carvalho is one of the founders of the Lisbon dance and live art collective, Bomba Suicida. Driven by a creative bond between them Tânia and Portuguese writer Patricia Caldeira, devised this piece with Patricia writing stories throughout the conception and rehearsal period. The performance does not aim to illustrate the written stimuli, but rather express sensations that remain in the body after and during Tânia’s reading of the work. She has toured in the UK with Movimento4 and 5 an annual showcase of the best Portuguese contemporary choreography; supported by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and produced by the hub.

Olga Roriz - Jardim de Inverno (Conservatory) Olga began her studies at the National Theatre School of San Carlos She also learnt contemporary dance with Joana Woodbury and Vasco Wellekamp. Among the choreographers who have most influenced her are Christopher Bruce, Lar Lubovithc and Louis Falco. In 1983, she received a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation, and could therefore take part in a course for composers and choreographers in Guildford directed by Alvin Nikolais. In 1978 she began to create choreographies in the Choreography Studio of the Gulbenkian Ballet, for which she created five works in consecutive years. Her most recent work was with Ballet Gulbenkian. She has created fifteen choreographies for the repertoire of this company, amongst others: Three Songs (Nina Hagen 1985), Empty Space (A. Emiliano, 1987), Thirteen gestures of a body (A. Emiliano, 1989), Isolda (R. Wagner, 1990), and so on. She has also created choreographies for National Company of Bailado, Dança Group and Grands Ballets du Monaco. She received the First Prize in Choreography of the Dance Meeting of Osaka. Her repertoire includes soloist roles in the following choreographies created by her: Travessia, Winter Garden, In Fracçoes and Situaçoes Goldberg. She has collaborated in the staging of operas and plays directed by Joao Loureano, Carlos Aviles, Ricardo Paris and Joao Perry. She has also directed several seminars at the Main School of Dance and the Academy of Dance in Setúbal.

Rui Horta – Broken Rua’s duet "Broken" is an unusual piece set against a backdrop on which is projected a black and white film of what seem like millions of moving tree branches. The effect of these shifting branches is mesmerizing but creates a desolate maze-like infinitum which traps our gaze. "Broken" seems to be about two people who do not 'fit.' They are two misfits who meet each other in off balance, chaotic movements and touch each other but with resistance. Rui is among Europe's best known choreographers. Principally renowned for his work with the Frankfurt company S.O.A.P., Rui Horta’s choreographic career has seen him work with companies from NDT2 and Phoenix dance Theatre to the Ballet Gulbenkian. Variously described as a dance maverick and innovator.


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 Post subject: Travelling to Lisbon this weekend??
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:56 am 
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A small group of people are travelling from Birmingham and London to Lisbon this weekend to see Cesar Moniz's new work (among others). If by chance any likeminded souls from the UK happen to be visiting Lisbon this weekend and would like to meet up - drop me an e-mail and I would be delighted to arrange.


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Obligada, Lisboa. Wish I could travel from San Francisco, California, to see it. Wonder if they plan to tour the U.S. at some time in the future?


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