12:00 - 18:00
Serralves – Galerias do Museu
MONUMENT 0.4: Lores & Praxes (rituals of transformation)

The artist and performer Eszter Salamon, winner of this year’s prestigious Evens Art Prize, presents the exhibition-performance Lores & Praxes (rituals of transformation), from her MONUMENT series, which explores the relations between choreography and history. In this work, the choreographer commences with a new premise, focusing on differences rather than singularities, to reduce divisions and weave another future. Salamon asks: “What if practicing multiple modes of relating to the world could allow the emancipation from the inability to dream other worlds than those intended to be inhabited? Can utopia be reshaped not as an imaginary locality but as a space of movement? And what are the hard and soft borders to be bypassed? Languages, walls, fantasies of origins?”

Presented over two consecutive days, Lores & Praxes features ten performers (from Costa Rica, England, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, and Portugal) who take part in a performative transformation of war dances and dances of resistance from four continents. As they explore ancient dance rituals the dancers develop gestures of resistance for a possible new, unknown world, where there is the possibility of reversing the historic flow of migration of knowledge. The choreographer raises various questions, such as: “Are they themselves shaped by stories of domination and migration? If so, what can notions such as locality and foreignness mean in this context?”

Artistic direction: Eszter Salamon
Artistic collaboration: Boglárka Börcsök
Developed with and performed by: Liza Baliasnaja, Amanda Barrio Charmelo, Sidney Barnes, Mario Barrantes Espinoza, Boglárka Borcsok, Stefan Govaert, João Martins, Sara Tan, Vânia Vaz, Tiran Willemse
Production: Elodie Perrin / Studio E.S., Alexandra Wellensiek / Botschaft GbR
Coproduction: Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg) in cooperation with Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, Tanz im August / HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) in cooperation with KINDL Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels)
With the support of: DRAC - Regional Agency of Cultural Affairs in Paris, The French Ministry of Culture and Communication and Hauptstadtkulturfonds (Berlin)

Thanks to: Seloua Luste Boulbina, Asad Raza, Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain. The development of one of the phases of this project has been supported by PACT Zollverein (Essen), P.A.R.T.S. and NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN), Coproduction Fund for Dance

The exhibition dates in Porto are supported by the NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ International Guest Performance Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.