Digital video converted from super-16-mm film, colour, sound, 22’00’’ – 2016


We find ourselves submerged in the world of Ulla von Brandenberg (1974), who has been building a world between reality and illusion, past and present, sacred and profane, through installation, film, performance and painting.

“It has a Golden Sun and an Elderly Gray Moon” is Ulla von Brandenburg’s first film dedicated to colour. Filmed on the main stage at Théâtre de Nanterre-Amandiers in a single take with no editing, this is “a film that dances”. “The initial idea was to make a color movie, unlike my previous work. From the moment the color came into one of my films, I decided that the film would be dedicated to it. The dancers are in a white space, each raising a fabric dyed with a vivid color.” The stage consists of two white stairs that rise to a platform. The figure of the “staircase” is a recurring theme in the artistic language of Ulla von Brandenburg: sometimes overturned in its architectural spaces, is also the first step of the narrative. In this film, the ladder is a way of representing, physically and symbolically, the power relations between men and the hierarchies of authority.

This is the first film in which Ulla von Brandenburg engages dancers in her work. They manipulate the dyed fabrics and both cloths and colors become the themes of their interactions and ceremonies. Their movement evokes the memory of ancient rituals and their bodies are vectors of instinctive rhythms – a kind of collective consciousness that brings to mind the choreographic forms of eurythmy and modern Expressionist dance.





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    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.