black and white film, sound, 11’20” dimensions variable – 2013
black and with film, sound, 7’00’’- 2012


There are five recurring themes in these three films (one at Teatro da Politécnica and two at the “Casa-animal”) that premieres the artist’s work in Portugal: color, ritual, movement, stairs / steps and textiles, inspired In the design and set design of Adolphe Appia, in the dance of Rudolph Laban, in the work of the Judson Dance Theater, in the movement studies of Samuel Beckett and in the musical indeterminacy of John Cage.

The film “Die Straße” shows a man entering a strange community where he confronts rituals and conventions he does not know. On a continuous plane, the camera follows the performances of the actors, staged by Brandenburg, in a ephemeral village Potemkin made of white scenarios in the open air. In the movie “Shadowplay,” a woman and two men meet in a theater dressing room, wear costumes, put on their make-up, enter a character and engage in a duel.

“Die Straße” and “Shadowplay” are shown in a loop, on April 4, from 2pm until 6pm, inside the “Casa-animal” installation of the Musa paradisica, places at the gardens of Complexo dos Coruchéus.





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.