Artaud said: “When you will have made him a body without organs, then you will have delivered him from all his automatic reactions and restored him to his true freedom. They will teach him again to dance wrong side out as in the frenzy of dance halls and this wrong side out will be his real place.”
Emma Goldman apparently sad: “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”
Spinoza asked: “What can a body do?”
These sentences set the motto for the collective work SUB-REPTÍCIO (corpo clandestino) at Teatro São Luiz – noticeably between the World Day of Dance and Portugal’s Freedom Day – leading its creators-performers to move into a sub-region (the understage). There, they put forth an idea of dance: a dance of the whole body and all that is around it; absorbing everything in order to exist; crossing and criss-crossing everything; not separating body from spirit. A dance that concerns everyone and which is close and immediate to each one of us as we all have a body, as well as bodily experiences of space, time and freedom. These starting points led to the conclusion that this should be an occasion in which each and everyone can equally live their body’s freedom. Therefore, SUB-REPTÍCIO (corpo clandestino) is an invitation to the nude body and in which wearing clothes is optional for the audience. The creators commit themselves to nudism, similarly inviting the audience to engage in something we rarely have the chance to experience: nudity without blushing, nudity without shame, unconstrained nudity. Neither our sex nor any other part of our body is a reason for shame. What is truly a shame is uncontrolled financial speculation, the destruction of our planet through rampant global greed, the ruling of the world by corporations and financial markets.