The last part is being created during 2017-2020 and explores the relations between the rope, choreography and architecture. Here, in a seemingly functional procedure, two bodies are mutually involved with threading a three-dimensional pathway toward and away from one another inside a shared spatial frame. As the density of the rope material increase, apparent functionality of the work dissolves into the sequence of increasingly intimate gestures that amplify relation rather than function, the fragility of mutual commitment rather than the determination of shared labour. This process that starts as almost abstract mapping of coordinates will end up as the weaving of a shared habitat. The passage from one to another exhibits a paradoxical dysfunctionality. The pragmatic act of creating the installation is what initially moves the bodies, but once the object is created what’s left behind are the material traces of the movements, now renouncing its objective functionality and opening the possibility for a renewed subjective engagement. 2019 the stage performance will migrate to a museum and also become a video piece.
- About Quarto
The performance-duo QUARTO consists of Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala. They are developing bodies of work that are emerging in a series of long-term interdisciplinary research. Since 2003 they have created 3 series in 3 parts: WIP, BEAUTY and ROPE.
Anna and Leandro live and work between two different cultures, the Brazilian and the Swedish. The life between two distinct continents characterizes their work and provides constant challenges. Their work has been shown internationally at museums, in different venues and galleries throughout the world, for instance in Netherlands (Amsterdã), Russia (Moscow), Sweden (Stockholm, Malmö & Umeå), Germany (Aachen, Düsseldorf & Berlin), Lebanon (Beirut), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo), Denmark (Copenhagen), Portugal (Porto), Austria (Krems), UK (Birmingham), Serbia (Belgrade), Uruguay (Montevideo) and Estonia (Viljandi).
Choreography, Concept & Performance: QUARTO (Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala). Dramaturg: Igor Dobricic. Lightdesign: Pol Matthé. Distribution: Koen Vanhove & Julia Asperska from Key Performance. Co-produced by MDT. Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm’s Culture Committee, The Stockholm County Council and The Swedish Arts Grants Committee.