C A R C A Ç A - Marco da Silva Ferreira
© Guidance
Marco da Silva Ferreira
75 min

In 2024, Dance Reflections by 
Van Cleef & Arpels presents C A R C A Ç A by Marco da Silva Ferreira as part of its festival in Japan.

In C A R C A Ç A, a diverse cast of ten dancers, including Marco da Silva Ferreira and two musicians, form a non-conformist and joyful corps de ballet. They perform complex footwork that brings together standardized folk dances with contemporary urban dance styles that emerged in cultures that have been considered as minorities. In this choreography, Marco da Silva Ferreira uses dance as a tool to research communities, construction of collective identity, memory, and cultural crystallization. The actors explore this idea in a physical, intuitive, and unpretentious flow of the body, dance, and cultural construction. They start with familiar footwork, borrowed from clubbing, balls, and the studio, and use the physical vocabulary of the contemporary, social, urban context as an identity lexicon (house, kuduro, Top Rock, hardstyle, etc.). Through a slow and structured building process, they connect these styles to the heritage and memory of dances from the past.

About the artist

Portrait - Marco da Silva Ferreira

Marco da Silva Ferreira

Born in Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal), Marco da Silva Ferreira began to work as a professional performer in 2008. Initially collaborating with choreographers such as Hofesh Shechter, André Mesquita, and Tiago Guedes, he became a  choreographer in his own right in the early 2010s, achieving acclaim with HU(R)MANO (2013), which was featured at numerous international festivals. Since then, he has created Brother (2017), Bisonte (2019), SIRI (2021)—a collaborative work with the Portuguese filmmaker Jorge Jácome—førm Inførms (2022), and, most recently,
C A R C A Ç A. Marco was an associated artist at Teatro Municipal do Porto from 2018 to 2019 and at Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen/ Normandie from 2019 to 2021.

© Marco da Silva Ferreira