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THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTHING

Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon (PT)




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THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTHING is a performance inspired on Super Stereo Demonstration, a vynil record edited by Philips on the 70's, in wich I want to construct a universe of sound and visual experience through the exploration of autobiographical contexts.

THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTHING, is also based on the premise that the transfer of situations, ideas, thoughts and things, and apparently devoid of importance for an exhibition or performance space, gives them another value, while in its context of origin is not having any meaning or relevance.

Carlota Lagido



CARLOTA LAGIDO is a performer, choreographer and costume designer. 
Lagido’s work has a multidisciplinary approach in which she addresses issues related to Identity and Biography. One recurrent theme is the idea of a body in constant breakdown. The presence of video has also been a medium she strongly explores, as in "BB2", "Ugly" or "Self". From her choreographic work she stands out the solo "notforgetnotforgive" (1999) and her recent group piece "Monster" (2009).
She created: "Improvisação" (1988) in partnership with Francisco Camacho and Paulo Abreu; "O diâmetro e o raio dum contrabaixo" (1989) in collaboration with Francisco Camacho; "Não há baile sem senão" (1998) with EIRA’s training group; "Lilith" (1998) solo for Francisco Camacho under the program "Espiões, agentes duplos e caracteres suspeitos" in partnership with Filipa Francisco and João Galante; "Mercedes Benze-te" (1999); "notforgetnotforgive" (1999); "BB (2000); "Histórias que a minha mãe nunca me contou" (2000); "Sporting Decadance" (2000) in partnership with Francisco Camacho; "Dis Nasti Dog" (2001) a concert/performance with João Galante and Vítor Rua; "Ugly" (2003); "BB2" (2004); "I want to be a porn star or “A casa do jogo" (2004); "Self" (2004), "WW" (2007) in partnership with João Manuel de Oliveira and Sara Vaz (2007) and "Monster" (2009) a piece for 14 performers.
Carlota Lagido started her career as a dancer at the Lisbon Dance Company in 1987, where she worked with Mark Haim and Rui Horta. From her wide experience as a dancer, she stands out the work and close collaboration with the Portuguese choreographer Francisco Camacho (with whom she worked from 1989 to 2005), Joana Providência (Mecanismos) and Meg Stuart (Disfigure Study). Since 1989, she also has been working as a costume designer for dance and theatre pieces of Vera Mantero, Meg Stuart, Francisco Camacho, João Fiadeiro, Lucia Sigalho, Filipa Francisco, Clara Andermatt, João Galante, Nuno M. Cardoso, Margarida Mestre, Aldara Bizarro, Paulo Ribeiro, Amélia Bentes, among others.
In 1979, she started her training in dance with Margarida de Abreu. In 1981 she joined the Ballet Gulbenkian’s training program. In 1984 she travelled to New York to study classic and contemporary dance techniques at Peridance Center and Steps Studio. She also studied drawing at the New York Academy of Arts. She is currently enrolled at the Theatre’s Master in Stage Design at the Lisbon Theatre and Cinema High School.


CREDITS

Concept and artistic direction CARLOTA LAGIDO 
Performed by CARLOTA LAGIDO and TIAGO CADETE  
Dramaturgy collaborator JOÃO MANUEL DE OLIVEIRA
Video CARLOTA LAGIDO with the collaboration of TIAGO CADETE 
Sound Design CARLOTA LAGIDO 
Costumes and Set CARLOTA LAGIDO with the collaboration of JOÃO CALIXTO
Lights PEDRO MIRA and RUY OTERO 

Artistic Advisors MIGUEL BONNEVILLE, TIAGO CADETE, MIGUEL SANTOS, ARMANDO PINHO, NUNO MIGUEL, RAFAEL ALVAREZ 

Production EIRA & POGO TEATRO 
Supports HOSPITAL CURRY CABRAL and DIRECÇÃO GERAL DE FLORESTA DE LISBOA E VALE DO TEJO  
Thanks to MANUEL MACHADO 


THE IMPORTANCE OF NOTHING 
7th  March 2012, 21h30 at Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon (PT) 
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