Feb 21, 23, 24. CONSUBSTANTIATION / Dinis Machado (PT/SE)

CONSUBSTANTIATION-A non-mimetic post somatic drag performance by Dinis Machado (PT/SE)

CONSUBSTANTIATION is a queer drag performance. Displacing from binary gender and sexual identities the performance works in the creation of an imaginary of both gender and sexual "in-betweenness" and its embodiment: a human body approaching an object-like gender.

Embracing objecthood as a mandala for a blurry genderness, a figure enters a simultaneous and paradoxical process of self-objectification and somatic disappearance (a cancellation of its subjectivity).

Dinis Machado searches for a parallel gender imaginary foreign to the mainstream sedimented pop aesthetics of queer. An exercise of displacement where: glittery costumes give place to processes of hacking the body with geometrical objects of concrete materials; stylised choreographies give place to uncanny movement patterns; pop songs give place to multifarious and blurry identity narratives sang as a dodecaphonic opera, that produce more of an incomplete fiction than a narrative legitimation of the self.

This figure invests in uncanny conditionings and deformations of its body, finding in materiality, geometry, and plasticity a process of questioning the body in its self anthropomorphic representation and like that reclaiming a body of a queer materiality: that refuses to perform linear heterosexuality, maleness and anthropomorphism, and refuses paradoxically also to abandon it.

Original music by Birt Berglund (SE) | Radio Theatre soundwork by Eva Staaf (SE)
Voices by Rachel Tess (SE/US), Mariana Suikkanen Gomes (SE) and Dinis Machado | Pregnancy experience testimonies by Elisabete Finger (BR/DE) and Hanna Kangassalo (SE/FI) | Astrological chart reading by Irina Ponieman (AR) | Outside eyes: Vicky Malin (UK), Jorge Gonçalves (PT/DE), Kate Marsh (UK) | One day outside eyes: Catherine Hoffmann (UK), Gareth Cutter (UK), Flora Wesllesley Wesley (UK), Mandi Tuikkanen (SE)

Special thanks to Anna Koch, Mark Richards, Christopher Riddselius, Andreas Lindholm, Karl Råman, Rachel Tess and Anna Pehrsson
A production by BARCO (SE) | Coproduced by Weld (Stockholm, SE), METAL (Peterborough, UK), Dance4 (Nottingham, UK) and CND Centre National de la Danse (Paris, FR) | Created in residency at PACT Zollverein (DE), O Espaço de Tempo (PT), METAL (Peterborough, UK) , Dance4 (Nottingham, UK), Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts (SE), MARC (SE), Weld (SE), CND Centre National de la Danse (FR) and Mira Artes Performativas (PT) | With the Support of Kulturrådet (SE), Konstnärsnämnden (SE), Stockholmstad (SE) and Arts Council England (UK)


works as a choreographer since 2008. Born in Porto (PT) is based in Stockholm (SE) since 2012 where he collaborates with Weld.  Holds the MA Choreography by DOCH (Stockholm) directed by Jefta Van Dinther and Frédéric Gies and the Visual Arts Independent Studies Program at Maumaus (Lisbon). He studied also theatre and dance at ACE and Balleteatro in Porto and ESTC in Lisbon. In 2013 Dinis Machado got the Cullberg Ballet/Life Long Burning swedish co-production for the project Black Cats Can See in the Dark But Are Not Seen one of the selected works at [8:tension] series at ImpulsTanz 2014.



BARCO Twin Productions

BARCO is a Stockholm-based platform created by Dinis Machado for the production of his choreographic work as well as producing contexts for the work of other dance and performance artists. BARCO is built from a critical perspective towards the traditional idea of the artist as an isolated genius. Instead, BARCO is a platform that invests in the production of collaboration, exchange, and togetherness between artists. BARCO unveils relations and maps a possible community through the development of shared practices in pre-defined and alternative contexts.

BARCO TWIN PRODUCTIONS consists of the parallel development of the solo works CONSUBSTANCIATION by Dinis Machado and MIRAGE by Caroline Byström.

Caroline and Dinis met during the MA at DOCH. These two productions where created within a program of mutual residencies being both choreographers in the same residency centres at the same time working on both works and investigating a mutual dialogue, accompaniment and a bidirectional mentorship.

Barco Twin Productions constitutes as a travelling community where the choreographers become continuous critical interlocutors of each other, answering to the contemporary profile of travelling international artists, and the consequent difficulty to engage daily in the local scene of where they are based. The continuity of the accompaniment here proposed allows a deeper insight and dialogue between this choreographers while they travel through the usual ephemeral context of short-term residencies.

Therefore BARCO Twin Productions proposes an alternative Artist collaboration where the artists work side by side instead of working for the production of one only work. Instead of working for the construction of an aesthetic agreement and consequent production of a single work, the two choreographers used each other here in a dialectic way to think and define each other in relation to the other. To get to know their meeting points but also to map and learn about their different methodologies, perspectives, pathways and possibilities.