HAU 2: 23rd / 24th April, 8.00 pm



European Premier / Talk with the audience, 24th April, after the performance

In Tombé the ensemble Dimenti (Bahia) investigates the paradigms and fads that are often the basis of choreographic work as well as scientific and pedagogical discourses. The work also deals with the education / creation of the dancing body and puts the question of the body as an encyclopedia or memory caché for different techniques up to debate. To do so, Tombé applies the usual dance myths and stereotypes in various approaches and styles.

The piece is presented as a lecture with illustrative objects. Through the use of a meta-language and irony, tension and shifts occur: between the objects presented and the running commentary, and between the stage artists and the alternating objects and people they identify themselves with.

The relations of power are then expressed in movement, language and traditional hierarchies. They are consolidated in the reciprocal relationships between teachers and students, choreographers and dancers, as well as among the dancers themselves – and this along the lines of gender, race, aesthetic approaches and career functions or status.

Choreography and Dance: Daniel Moura, Fábio Osório Monteiro, Jorge Alencar, Márcio Nonato and Vanessa Mello / Choreography: Jorge Alencar / Musical Direction: Osvaldo Ferraz and Tiago Rocha / Costume: Dimenti / Light: Márcio Nonato / Production and Press: Ellen Mello


Founded in 1998, Dimenti (Salvador – Bahia) produces its own pieces with a dance company of the same name as well as works by other groups. In addition, Dimenti also works in the field of education. The group organizes and realizes tours, workshops, discussions, exchange programs; they publish, create documentary films and experimental videos in the form of dance and theater projects as well as in the audio-visual realm.

Dimenti are working on the development of a poetic technology and securing their repertoire. It encompasses various artistic languages and professions in a variety of formats (dance, theater, music, literature, communication, psychology).

In a majority of Dimenti’s works, they focus on interaction of different media. Here the mechanisms of humor are a research tool for dance, for example in the choreographic translation of literary works or the reflection of physicality in animated films.

Significant aspects of the company’s research work are: a dramaturgic approach that resembles a mosaic, a discontinued narrative, constant abrupt change in physical states, the simultaneity of unrelated bodily action, a confrontation with different subjects through the use of opposites and critical comedy.

The dramaturgy is based on metaphoric associations and connections within the texts. It thus creates unusual relationships and atypical contexts that allow for more freedom of analysis as well as a re-interpretation of the source material at hand.

Jorge Alencar

Jorge Alencar is a dance and theatre creator. Since 1998, when he founded the ensemble Dimenti (Salvador-Bahia), he has been the artistic director of the ensemble. He studied communication science at the catholic university of Salvador and dance and performing arts at the state university of Bahia. His scenic and audiovisual work deals with the topics of gender and performativity, aesthetic formats and cultural stereotypes in a critical and humorous way.

With more than ten pieces to date, he took part in important national and international events: world cultural form, São Paulo; Ateliê de Coreógrafos Brasileiros, 1st, 4th, 5th editions; Itaú Cultural Rumos Dança 2006/2007; Festival Internacional de Artes Cênicas, Bahia; Panorama de Dança, Rio de Janeiro; Bienal de Dança, Ceará.

With the Ensemble Dimenti, he received the audience prize of the Festival de Teatro de São José do Rio Preto (São Paulo, 2000) for the best piece and the prize for the best piece and the best direction of the Fenateg (Paraíba 2003). He received the prize for the best experimental video of the Festival de Gramado cine-vídeo 2007 for the dance video Sensações Contrárias. Furthermore, the Rolex Mentor and Protegée Arts Iniciative (Switzerland) nominated him for their program.