HAU 2: April 13 – 15, 8 pm

»Uma história invisível« (An Invisible Story)


European Premier
Talk with the audience: April 15, after the performance

The complexity of human relations is the backbone of “An Invisible Story”, the new piece by the Quasar Dance Company. The choreographer Henrique Rodovalho was inspired by the five senses to create the movements of characters caught up in a story that is at the same time both delicate and intense. He created a narrative structure divided into three acts.

The features of the five characters on stage were inspired by qualities found in the five senses. It was from this metaphor that the choreographer developed movement, contemplating emotions derived from rationality, intuition, superficiality, subtleness and freedom. Physicality remains ever present in the work of Rodovalho who, in the course of almost two decades, has developed a unique style based on the loose articulation of the body.

In 2003 Quasar opened the first edition of move berlim with »Coreografia para Ouvir«, which meanwhile has toured almost all over the world.

choreography: Henrique Rodovalho
dance: Camilo Chapela, Karime Nivoloni, Lavínia Bizzotto, Rodrigo Cruz, Samuel Kavalerski, Valeska Gonçalves
stage design: Letycia Rossi
costumes: Cássio Brasil
light concept: Henrique Rodovalho
soundtrack: Arvo Pärt, Amon Tobin, Kodo and Ryuichi Sakamoto
artistic director: Henrique Rodovalho
director: Vera Bicalho
international projects: Larissa Mundim

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The group Quasar was founded by Vera Bicalho and Henrique Rodovalho in 1988 and is the first company for contemporary dance in the metropolis Goi ânia.

Rodovalho is considered one of the most important choreographers in Brazilian dance today. He is the author of all pieces produced by the Co. Quasar de Dança, has received numerous national and international awards and previously worked for large companies and professional dancers in Brazil and abroad (Mexico, Holland, Portugal and England).

In 1996 the group Quasar received excellent reviews in Berlin and was awarded first prize at the International Summer Theater Festival in Hamburg. Especially outstanding was the piece “Coreografia Para Ouvir” (Choreography to Listen To), which opened the first edition of move berlim in 2003.

This year, in 2007, the group returns to Berlin to present the piece “Uma História Invisível” (An Invisible Story). “The chosen process of development made a slow development of the piece - a development dependant on chance – possible. This development process was open for all kinds of temporal and spatial interferences” Rodovalho explains and adds: “The theme of the narrative is the conflict laden relationship between seeing and feeling”.

The audience is to immerse itself in the story, which is obtrusively obvious, but simply there. It is told with a clear beginning, middle and end and depicting the seasons fall, winter and spring. The spatial concept is abstract and utilizes multiple depths and perspectives to produce undifferentiated atmospheres that change according to season. The architect Letycia Rossi designed the stage set. The lighting intensifies the flexible spatial and visual dimensions and in addition instills grades of temperature into the piece.

Ambiguity is the distinguishing feature of the figure of Paulista Cássio Brasil, who is ageless and homeless, who differs from every other performer and changes with the seasons. Rodovalho’s musical stimuli in this piece are very differentiated: he begins with the piano playing of the Estonian Arvo Pärt and reaches the electronic basses of the Brazilian Amon Tobin and the Japanese percussionists Ryuchi Sakamoto and Kodo.

This piece was made possible with support from the Postal Company Correios, the Petrobras and the Brazilian Instituto Alfa de Cultura.