27.05.2022, Boris Hristov House of Culture
Start: 7:30 PM

Тhe dizzying reality of the here and now

CABRAQIMERA is a stage piece for a skating quartet addressing a physical and technological contemporaneity. This is the dizzying reality of the “here and now”, in which technology accelerates the passage of time to explosive dimensions. Are we really no longer on the brink of risk, looking for a way to keep up with events, tasks and our environment?

The Portuguese dancers respond to the challenge by roller skating, while neon lighting effects reveal different spaces and moods. Along with plastic and hypnotic means of expression and gestures, the quartet draws an extreme projection of the “other” body and opens the door to imagination and fiction. The stage space, inspired by speed sports, encodes activities, intersections and casual encounters. And why not topics for reflection, such as the need for more efficient bodies in today’s high-speed world? 

Choreographer Catarina Miranda combines dance, scenography and light to turn the stage into a place where one can understand the present. She saturates her work with imagery and dramatic inspiration from the so-called Hypnagogic hallucinations – cognitive changes and visions that occur during the transitions between wakefulness and REM sleep. 


Catarina Miranda (born in Portugal, 1982) is an artist working with languages that intercept image, movement, voice, scenography and light, approaching the body as a vessel for the transformation and mediation of hypnagogic states, as well as for the gestures and procedures of the visceral conscience of the present.

Among others Miranda highlights the projects CABRAQIMERA, POROMECHANICS, DREAM IS THE DREAMER and BOCA MURALHA. She has been presenting her work at venues like Palais de Tokyo (Fr), Centre Pompidou (Fr), Serralves Museum (Pt), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Pt), RIVOLI Municipal Theatre (Pt), DanceBox (Kobe, Japan) and in between the Festivals DDD (Pt), Pays de Danses (Liège, Be), Mindelact (Cape Verde), Short Theatre Rome (It), Materiais Diversos (Pt), Africologne (De).

Miranda has finished the Master on Choreography EXERCE at ICI-CCN Montpellier/France, and studies in NOH Theatre at TTT Program in Kyoto. She graduated in Visual Arts at the Fine Arts School of Porto’s University/PT. 

Catarina Miranda © Rui Palma


Artistic Direction: Catarina Miranda

Choreographic cocreation & performance: Duarte Valadares, Francisca Pinto, Lewis Seivwright, Madalena Pereira

Sound Composition: Lechuga Zafiro

Light Design: Leticia Skrycky

Light Operation: Cláudia Valente

Sound Design: José Arantes

Costumes: Simão Bolívar

Dramaturgic Support: Cristina Planas Leitão (TMP), Jonathan Saldanha

Production & diffusion: Materiais Diversos

Executive Production: João Brojo

Photography: José Caldeira/TMP

Coproduction: Materiais Diversos (Lisboa/PT), SOOPA (Porto / PT); TMP (Porto / PT); Walk&Talk (Açores/ PT); CND Centre Nacional de la Danse (Paris, France), ICI-CCN Montpellier – Occitanie (as part of Life Long Burning project supported by the European commission — Montpellier / France);

Project funded by: DGArtes/ Portuguese Government and by 5 Sentidos Portuguese Cultural Network (C.C. Vila Flor, TAGV, T.M.Guarda, Cine-Teatro Louletano, Teatro Micaelense, T.M.Porto, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro Nacional São João, Teatro Viriato).

FOCUS PORTUGAL is realized with the support of Camões Institute and the Embassy of Portugal – Embaixada de Portugal em Sófia.

ONE DANCE WEEK 2022 is part of the Legacy programme of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.