Meet the Artists – Luciana Freire D’Anunciação

 

Vocation/Vacation is a dance piece based on a game structure in which artist and audience will engage in a brief conversation about the concept of work, pleasure, labor, vocation and vacation. These conversation will inform the way Luciana will perform her task: make a playful dance improvisation that will deconstruct and translate her own take of the words to her body movements. 

Gathering her interests in game theory, dance improvisation, language/speech/literature in performance, D’Anunciação will prepare a conversation structure and make available options of dance intentions, states, costumes and songs in order to build a score to be achieved. The idea is to create a challenge for herself and test her own capability to the specific labour of fine-tuning to time and space in order to embody language and improvise with dance movements. 

Trigged by the radical changes the current (and illegally elected) Brazilian government made on the labour laws, D’Anunciação reflects upon the value of work – and of course the value of her own chosen career as a artist. According the the new rules, workers need to complete 49 years of labour in order to have the right to retire, which means Luciana will only do it when she turns 83 years old! Those changes buzzed heated discussions in the country regarding work as a dignifying life purpose and the misjudgement around art making as a vagabond occupation, hence the interest in the words vocation – relates to occupation, work, divine call for a specific activity; while vacation relates to des-occupation, free time, suspension, leisure. Considering this topic is not an isolated phenomenon in the world currently, Luciana brings her own local political and cultural experience to a dialog with Canadian audience into a playful performance.

Meet the Artists – Luciana Freire D’Anunciação

Meet the Artists – Antonio Somera

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This piece began with no meaning. Just had a bunch of thoughts that I wanted to play with. It is simple ideas, simple games I like to play with myself, in my mind mostly. But then I realized that sometimes the simplest things have the most deep complexity in itself.

Some of my inspirations came from binge watching netflix and youtube such as:
-How I met your mother
-New Girl
-Ted Talks
-waacking dance battles
-soundtracks to video games like Kingdom Hearts
-Studio Ghibli films
-Rupaul’s drag race

I wanted to combine my knowledge in waacking dance style, integrating it with physical contemporary movement, and adding the drama and emotional content from these videos. And just giving it a try to see if all these elements can work together or not, but you can tell me if it did after the show. 🙂

Throughout this process, it seemed like I was able to discover more personal realizations about myself and was subconsciously integrating my own mental world into this piece. Which I like to believe is a sign that I am becoming an artist (yay!). A big thanks to Joanna and Josh for going through the trials and tribulations with me, and I am also thankful that I am able to share some vulnerabilities to you.

Falling from grace, when there wasn’t any to start with. Falling because the leaves outside are doing it.
Falling in and out of mind, hindsight, fist fights. Falling into me and into you.
Falling like we’re kids, innocent and carefree.
Falling without inhibitions, with ambition.
Falling with the burden of my insecurities.
Falling because I just like the adrenaline
Falling is intuition, and sometimes we don’t catch ourselves. Falling is okay.

Meet the Artists – Antonio Somera