Maurícia | Neves
Firstly, the concept of the piece came from a sensation that I have in my body – which started when I was 27 years old – due to Raynaud syndrome disease, which consists of numbness in my extremities. From this idea, I developed an interest in the concept of anaesthetization. How is this society anaesthetized? How is the artist also anaesthetized? Should the artists be responsible for awakening society?
While developing the piece, punk and feminism were very present elements and, also, some QUESTIONS arose: what anesthetizes people? What can awaken the audience? When do you feel anesthetized? What could awaken society from its indifference? How does repetition put me in an anesthetized state?
When I started thinking about this piece and which part of the BODY I wanted to explore, I immediately thought of the extremities – hands, fingers, feet – and also the tongue and eyes. So, in terms of body exploration, this piece is greatly focused on those parts of the body, with a very minimalist approach.
"anesthetize" generates an experience certainly close to what we might consider as the state of anaesthesia or meditation. There is an immersive atmosphere, perhaps due to the similar appearance of the 3 performers, almost entirely covered, dressed in black against a black background, reinforced by the piece’s aesthetics, the use of the colour black as camouflage.
Through repetitive cycles of movements and gestures, "anesthetize" becomes an ambiguous and mysterious experience, also in terms of gender, since it is not clear if the 3 performers are women or men.
One of the goals with this piece was to create an immersive universe and grab the audience’s attention, while getting that audience to enter a sort of vortex which, at a certain moment of the piece, rebounds and takes them to a different place.
Direction, Choreography, Voice, Stage design and Costumes: Maurícia | Neves
Co- creators and Performers: Beatriz Dias, Greta Grineviciute e Ruta Butkus
Original Music: Daina Dieva
Light Design: Vera Martins
Artistic Advice: Joana Castro
Video & Photography: João Catarino & Catherina Cardoso
Coproduction: Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Artistic residency support: Menų spaustuvė/ Arts Printing House, O Espaço Do Tempo and Centro de Criação de Candoso
Support for International Circulation: Embaixada de Portugal em Copenhaga / Instituto Camões and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian