ANTI STATUS QUO COMPANHIA DE DANÇA is an independent artistic laboratory of creation.The name came from the search for experimentation. The latin expression "status quo", means a person's condition or situation, or circumstance at any given time, a condition. The use of the "anti" at the front of the expression assigns a meaning of opposition to the current situation, against established standards. It represents for the group the urgency of rethinking certaintys and deconstruct introjected patterns of perception that moves the desire to create. The Company's work stands out for artistic bounderless language research, experimentalism, critical and political dramaturgies, dialogue with the visual arts and philosophy.
Recognized as one of the main and most active contemporary dance groups in the center-west of Brazil, the Company was created in 1988 by the choreographer Luciana Lara, who today shares the direction with the producer, cenotechnician, set designer and graphic designer Marconi Valadares. Also known as A.S.Q. Dance Company, the abbreviation with the initials of its name remembers the addresses of Brasília, Brazil revealing the strong connection with its host city.
Amongst many different kinds of work and manners of acting in the dance field, ten choreographic works have been created. De Carne e Concreto Uma instalação coreográfica / Of Flesh and Concrete - A Choreographic Installation (2014), Autorretratodinâmico / Dynamic self-portrait (2009), Cidade em Plano/ City in Plan (2006), Aletheia (2003), Coisas de Cartum / Cartoon Things (2002), Dalí (2000), Nada Pessoal/ Nothing personal (1998), No Instante/ In the instant (1996), Anti Status Quo Dança/Anti Status Quo Dance (1994) and Efeitos/ Effects (1991).
The group has been investigating new dance supports such as exibitions, installations, site-specific pieces, photo-performances, books, internet (interactive sites) and urban intervention with projects such as Jamais seremos os mesmos, in which street creations as Sacolas na cabeça (Bags on the head-2014) and Camaleões (Chameleons -2011) have been highlights. Recent works investigated the relationship between body and city, social behavior, art as experience, the fiction-reality threshod and participative spectatorship. The Company also develops projects in the area of dance training, art education and audience transformation.
Participation in several important festivals such as: Festival Panorama, Cena Contemporânea - Festival Internacional de Teatro de Brasília, Movimento Internacional de dança – MID, Mostra de Dança XYZ, Festival Vivadança, Festival Internacional da Nova Dança, Bienal SESC de Dança, Festival Expande Dança, Marco Zero – Festival Internacional de Dança em Paisagens Urbanas, Modos de Existir, Festival do Teatro Brasileiro, FITAZ – Festival Internacional de Teatro de La Paz.
Luciana Lara is a Brazilian artist, who founded the Anti Status Quo Companhia de Dança in 1988 and since then has developed a dance career as a choreographer, a director, a teacher and a researcher. Her works are known for hybridism, experimentalism, interdisciplinary approach, and dialogue with visual arts and theatre.
She has created for the Company ten dance pieces, choreographic installations, exhibitions, photo performances, dance film and urban interventions. She has also developed projects for dance education, audience transformation and interpreter training for contemporary dancers. Her main studies focus on relationship between the body and the city, dance language research, creative process, dance dramaturgy / creation and agency of meanings in dance, release-based techinque and improvisation.
She holds a master's degree in Arts from the Postgraduate Program in Arts at the University of Brasília - UnB (Research Line: Compositional Processes for the Scene). She was a student at the Laban Center for Movement and Dance in London, England (1996 to 1998) with a scholarship from APARTES program of CAPES from the Ministry of Culture of Brasil. At Laban Center Lara studied choreological studies, choreography and visual design for dance (costume, scenery, and lighting). She holds a Bachelor's degree in Performing Arts from Fundação Brasileira de Teatro - Faculdade de Artes Dulcina de Morais in Brasília-DF. In 1995, she participated in the program International Choreographers in residence at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina (USA).
She has taught disciplines as corporal expression, body and movement in the courses of performing arts at the University of Brasilia and the Faculty of Arts Dulcina de Morais in Brasília-DF. In 2010, she published the book “Arqueologia de um processo criativo- Um livro Coreográfico” (Arqueology of a creative process sponsored by the Programa de Bolsas de Estímulo à produção crítica em Artes – categoria Produção Crítica em Dança (2008) da FUNARTE- Fundação Nacional de Arte.
Outside the Company, Lara has collaborated in many projects as a consultant, choreographer, director and teacher. Since 2005 she has been the coordinator of the Núcleo de Formação A. S.Q., a regular dance training program for professional dancers, adult dance students and beginners at the Centro de Dança do DF and Sala de balé do Teatro Nacional of Brasília. In 2016 she toured Brazil throughout thirteen cities with a course of Dramaturgy in dance produced by SESC. In 2010, she published the book “Arqueologia de um processo criativo- Um livro Coreográfico” (Arqueology of a creative process – A Choreographic book) sponsored by FUNARTE- Brazil’s National Foundation for the Arts. Currently, she is working in a new piece, named “Microutopias Cotidianas Aglutinantes do Lugar“ that will premier in February 2018, and also writing a new book about the artistic research “The Body and the City”.
Luciana Lara - Foto Lucas Brito
WORKS ON TOUR:
Of Flesh And Concrete – A Choreographic Installation (2014) is an invitation to become fully immersed and actively participate in an experience that inquires the human condition from the perspective of the body. At the boundary of contemporary dance, performance art, visual arts and social experiment, the work of Anti Status Quo Dance Company from Brasilia, Brazil, raises questions about living in society at large urban centers, and how our current economic system shapes our behavior.
Of Flesh and Concrete – A Choreographic Installation
Company: Anti Status Quo Companhia de Dança
Artistic Direction and conception: Luciana Lara
Research: Luciana Lara in colaboration with dancers and invited artists
Dancers : Camilla Nyarady, Cristhian Cantarino, Déborah Alessandra, João Lima, Luciana Matias,Marcia Regina, Raoni Carricondo e Roberto Dagô.
Dancers collaborators in the creative process: Camilla Nyarady; Carolina Carret; Cristhian Cantarino; João Lima; Luara Learth; Raoni Carricondo; Robson Castro e Vinícius Santana.
Invited process collaborators: Marcelo Evelin; Gustavo Ciríaco e Denise Stutz.
Costumes: Luciana Lara and dancers
Lights consultants: Marcelo Augusto e James Fensterseifer
Photos: Mila Petrillo
Production: Marconi Valadares
Tour Manager: Anna Ladeira
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