Wording Dances

A series of talks by artists from the international contemporary dance scene, published in podcast format during the 2023/2024 season, both in english and portuguese, in a co-production between Estúdios Victor Cordon and Parasita Association, curated by Carlos Manuel Oliveira.

It aims at giving account of the richness, diversity and scope of current choreographic thinking, as well as the profusion of discourses to which contemporary dance has given rise, covering a variety of issues that make it an inexhaustible terrain of experimentation, problematization and thinking. Alongside the singularity of each artist’s work, lines of thought will be exposed in relation to politics in dance, social choreography, the relationship between dance and language, creative processes and their respective products, or even in relation to the cognition of corporealities. By posing questions such as “What can choreographic thinking do?”, we hope to summon up unique answers, based on what each artist is most dedicated to. In short, the word is given to those who dance and make others dance, but who also question dance and make others think.

In the first episode of Wording Dances, English dancer and choreographer Siobhan Davies reads to us “Postcards from a life which dances”, a text which she wrote exclusively for this occasion.

Davies is engaged with image gathering, drawing, writing and conversation as extensions of dance and choreography. She has been active for over 50 years, making work for both theatres and galleries and, in 2006, together with architect Sarah Wigglesworth, created the Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, in London. She retired from the studios in 2020, but remains an associate professor at Coventry University (Cdare).

In the second episode of this series, Brazilian dancer and choreographer Marcelo Evelin invites Neguxa Uau, an artist, performer and influencer from Teresina, to read to us “Life is life, and life is babado”, a text which he wrote at our invitation.

Marcelo lives between Teresina and Amsterdam, and works in Brazil, Japan and many European countries as an independent artist. He coordinates the Demolition Incorporada Platform, based in CAMPO, a Performing Arts Residency and Resistance space in Teresina, Piauí. Marcelo began working as a choreographer in 1989 and has a body of work comprising more than 30 pieces, of which Barricada, A Invenção da Maldade [The Invention of Evilness] and ai, ai, ai are still touring. He teaches at the Amsterdam University of the Arts since 1999 and is responsible for artistic creation projects at universities and master’s courses, such as ISAC (Higher School of Arts and Choreography of Brussels), the Reina Sofia Museum (Madrid), EXERCE (Montpellier) and Centre National de la Danse (Paris). In 2019, he was awarded a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Federal University of Piauí. His works are performed in theatres and festivals all over the world, such as Festival d’Automne (Paris), Kunsten Festival des Arts (Brussels), Teatro Rivoli (Porto) or Festival Alkantara (Lisbon), where this year he presents Demolition Incorporada’s latest piece, UIRAPURU.

The series is published on the following platforms:

Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Castbox and Soundcloud.

Its translation and subtitles can be accessed on YouTube.


Guest Artists: Siobhan Davies, Marcelo Evelin and Neguxa Uau
Curator: Carlos Manuel Oliveira
Music: Tom Maciel
Sound engineering and distribution: Nuno Cruz
Recordings in Teresina: Red Bike Audio Lab
Recordings in London: Stefan Smith
Translation and subtitles: Margarida Bak Gordon
Design and vídeo: Creative Minds
Co-Production: OPART | Estúdios Victor Córdon and Associação Parasita