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"Orobroy, Stop!" + "Smile, if you can!"


29 Jun 2013 - 21:00 | 30 Jun 2013 - 21:00

São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Sala Principal)

Admission 15 €

Idea and choreography: Horácio Macuácua (Mozambique)

Orobroy, Stop!

Orobroy means ‘thought’ in the language of the Gypsy nomads, the people in the south of Spain who created the origins of Flamenco. In this artistic expression, through the body, the voice, the percussion of the shoes and the guitar, the emotions of the depths of the human being are expressed. “Orobroy, Stop!” results from the recreation of Flamenco, the reconstruction of a previously unseen artistic horizon. The four dancers/creators, who come from different scenic backgrounds, from the traditional to the modern, from the batuque to the Spanish guitar, from the barefoot to those wearing shoes, from Europe to Africa, pass through timeless feelings of unease, generating a singular contemporary concept. The choreographer Horácio Macuácua, motivated by the encounter between two female dancers from different origins and disciplines, finds the inspiration to produce this work. After various attempts, the choreographer wished to explore the female universe from an intercultural viewpoint. Four female dancers characterised by two men, one woman and a structure made of iron and fabric express the evolutionary origin of human beings, their conflicts, doubts and fears, through movements filled with force and shouts denoting an animal instinct.


Smile, if you can!

In “Smile if you can!”, directed by Horácio Macuácua, two of the dancers Pedro Machava and Janeth Mulapha, who have been working with the Horácio Macuácua Company for some years now, continue on from the last creation, while the group is now joined by two new dancers, Osvaldo Passirivo and Pak Ndjamena, both of whom have been influenced by traditional dances. With the introduction of these two new dancers, the idea is to make room for a work with new languages and vocabularies so that they can inspire one another, and, at the same time, highlight certain contrasts through the history that each body brings and that each dancer carries with them. In this way, the Company is always seeking to renew itself, without being cramped by just one language or style, seeking out and paying attention to new challenges

Sponsor: Embaixada de Espanha em Moçambique

support: Centro Cultural Franco-Moçambicano e CNCD – Companhia Nacional de Canto e Dança

Cia Horácio Macuácua

HORÁCIO MACUÁCUA (Mozambique, 1979)

Horácio Macuácua began his career as a dancer and choreographer in 1996. He is a founding member of the Companhia de Dança CulturArte, created in 1999 and one of the first dance companies to be formed in Mozambique. With this company, he took part in different shows directed by Panaíbra Gabriel, and has since had the opportunity of working with such international choreographers as Frans Poelstra, Marcelo Evelin, Sello Peza, George Khumalo, Mark Tompkins and Boris Charmatz, among others. He has also enjoyed a lengthy teaching career, having already taught at the most highly regarded schools in Mozambique, Belgium, Holland, Spain, Brazil, France and Portugal. He created “Orobroy, Stop!” for the 3rd edition of Kinani – the Maputo Contemporary Dance Platform (2009), a show that received the “PUMA Creative” Grand Prize and was awarded first place in the competition Danse L’Afrique danse – African and Indian Ocean Choreographic Encounters, Bamako/Mali, 2010.