“The Chinese character wu indicates the absence of something. The meaning of denying, of not doing, in ancient times, was connoted with the act of dancing.”

In the Japanese alphabet there is a character, mu, which means 'no' or 'without', and can also mean 'nothing', 'not having', 'not being'. The Chinese character wu, which also indicates the absence of something, originally meant 'dance'. The sense of denying, of not doing, of having nothing to do, was connoted with the act of dancing.

CRIAÇÃO DO NADA is a program that arises from the urgency of creating a new paradigm that rebalances artistic production. In a context of social and political impasse, against a backdrop of blackmail from the economic growth of the capitalist consumerist vertigo that holds us hostage to immediate stimuli and fleeting needs, we propose a program of thought and reflection.

We propose freeing ourselves from the blackmail of producing and exploring what we can still do to not feed the excessive production circuits, to rediscover curiosity and interest in others, in a genuine motivation, an alternative to unbridled capitalism.


We propose a renewal of the sense of searching and sharing as a radical challenge: that they disconnect the channels they usually activate to develop projects, making themselves available for work that is open to change and risk.
We want to provoke contexts of pause, provocative movements that challenge “normality”; that test and imagine other possibilities of doing and being in society in a more integrally ecological and sensitive way, through the use of critical thinking and art, with the body and dance playing a fundamental role in this movement.


To this end, we call on artists, institutions, researchers and knowledge professionals, regardless of the area in which they work, to question this acceleration and its impacts.


HAIKU de Joana Magalhães - foto de Vasco Ferreira

HAIKU de Joana Magalhães - foto de Vasco Ferreira