Mercedes Quijada

Bridging the gap between the grandiloquent imagery of flamenco and the artificiality of Kakuki theater, Mercedes Quijada launches into a visceral dance of strong scenic appeal. The theatrical gestalt common to these two choreographic traditions is decanted into flash images of private life and public space of Andalusian culture, where the gypsy influence is still very present. Indecisive between revealing and hiding traumatic memories, Mercedes Quijada assembles and dismantles various identity codes, transfiguring the female iconography in an endless game of masks, where familiar gestures that both invoke pain and a state of grace are glimpsed.

Creator and performer: Mercedes Quijada
Sound design: ter/rajo
Visual artist, costume designer: Andy James
Dramaturgy support: Rui Catalão
Production: ORG.I.A (Lisbon City Council - Culture) and Mercedes Quijada
Support: Self-Mistake (Self-Curating), CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva and CPBC (Portuguese Contemporary Ballet Company)
Support for artistic residencies: CPBC (Portuguese Contemporary Ballet Company), PEDREIRA (Experimental Collaborative Art Residencies), Espaço Corpo Raiz


*Self-Curating is a program of artistic autonomy inserted in the Self-Mistake project.




João Meirinhos