BoCA Summer School
Workshop BAD AND SICK, directed by John Romão

The notion of reenactment, especially associated to the visual arts but expanding in other artistic territories, is gaining relevance and versatility in the discourse of contemporary cultural and artistic practices. By combining central issues of politics and memory, the transmission of tradition, cultural appropriation, and the ability to narrate and stage history, the concept of reenactment can be seen through a plethora of interesting and pertinent aspects.
In theater, I have been appropriating several references and concepts that relate to the field of performance and the visual arts, in a recreation, post-production and recontextualization of materials that serve a new (dramaturgical) purpose. What is seen exceeds meaning. The place of the theater is the place of uncertainty, of the impossible, of the impalpable – hence my interest in working with the cruelty and effectiveness of performance gestures, for example, that allow areas of conflict between the real and the poetic.
During 4 days I propose to explore and appropriate materials and concepts from the Performance Art and the visual arts to develop creative actions. The body – and therefore its image – is looked at through diverse concepts: its simple presence and absence on the scene, its unfolding, its objectification, its fantasy, its word, its materiality or eroticism.

John Romão

Biography of the artist

WHO IS IT FOR: 16-32 years, students and professionals of theater, dance and performance.
Those interested should send an email to, until September 7, with the following documentation: name, date of birth, mobile phone contact and short biography.
Entries are made in order of receipt (max. 13 participants).

Production: BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts
Partnership: GDA Foundation
Supports: Culturgest, Lisbon City Hall, Millennium BCP Foundation

Next Performances

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  • O Barco / The Boat

    29 September 2022 — 19 October 2022
    Somerset House, London


    Grada Kilomba's first large-scale installation travels to London, at Somerset House. Consisting of 140 burnt wood blocks, it invites the audience to enter a garden of memory, in which poems rest on burnt wood blocks, recalling forgotten stories and identities. What stories are told? Where are they counted? How are they counted? And told by whom? These are questions that arise when entering this installation.

  • Workshop “Phenomena of society and critical and artistic distance”

    30 September 2022 — 02 October 2022
    MAAT - Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia


    She shocked the world in the 1990s when he performed “The Reincarnation of Santa ORLAN”, a series of nine plastic surgeries that were broadcast via satellite to several museums and art galleries in Europe. ORLAN is one of the most important French artists, author of the manifesto “Carnal Art”. She runs a three-day workshop for the first time in Portugal.

  • Coin Operated

    07 October 2022 — 08 October 2022
    Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris


    "Coin Operated" came from an invitation by BoCA to Jonas & Lander, to create a museum piece. The scenic device features two coin-operated motor horses, with both performers seated on it. For something to happen, the audience has to insert a coin into the horses. The performance addresses the economic and power relationship, the conquest of territory, slavery, the mounting of the more powerful social classes to the less fortunate.

  • Cattivo

    08 December 2022 — 21 December 2022
    La Villette - Grand Halle, Paris


    Installation commissioned by BoCA in 2019, CATTIVO is a large-scale installation made up of hundreds of music stands designed by Cape Verdean choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas. Through the use of a sensorial type of stage mechanism, these objects, usually at the service of the musician and the score, become subjects with their own feelings and desires. CATTIVO explores the borders of the animal, plant and imaginary worlds.

  • Trouble

    15 December 2022 — 18 December 2022
    La Villette, Paris


    Film director Gus Van Sant ventures into his first stage creation with a Portuguese team, a musical theater show inspired by Andy Warhol and his overwhelming talent to elevate images to an icon, while scaling as a persona and artist to world celebrity status. A BoCA production touring now to La Villette, in Paris.