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Elizabete Francisca
Elizabete Francisca has a degree in industrial design (ESAD – College of Art and Design, Caldas da Rainha), and she studied dance at Forum Dança (PEPCC – Study, Research and Choreographic Creation Programme) and at the Lisbon School of Dance. Since 2009, she has participated in several projects, mostly multidisciplinary and collaborative ones, with artists from the fields of dance, theatre, visual arts and cinema, highlighting collaborations with Vera Mantero (2011-2020), Loïc Touzé, Tânia Carvalho, Mark Tompkins, Meg Stuart, Ana Borralho and João Galante, Mariana Tengner Barros, Miguel Pereira, Vânia Rovisco, André Guedes, Antonio Tagliarini, Carlota Lagido, Carlos Manuel de Oliveira, Rita Natálio, Tónan Quito, Cláudia Varejão and Marília Rocha. The duets she created in collaboration with Teresa Silva, Leva a mão que eu levo o braço and Um Espanto não se Espera, both won the Young Creators competition. She was associated artist at Materiais Diversos (2011-2013), directed by Tiago Guedes, and had the support of O Rumo do Fumo (2013-2022). She is currently a member of Apneia Colectiva.
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Strongly based on the verse “I do not obey for I am wet”, sung by Elza Soares in the song Banho, Elizabete Francisca intends to express, through gestures and sounds, a possible representation of the political geography of a non-submissive body.
It has become urgent to claim a place of resistance, turning possible frailties into arrows and potencies. The body as a political weapon, the last refuge of any experience, a scream that asserts an individuality, in reconciliation with an identity and sexuality: from the genitals to the head, from the head to the cosmos, from the cosmos to the ground. A possible mantra to keep one off balance.

Creation and performance Elizabete Francisca Sound design and live operation Kino Sousa Costume design Carlota Lagido Light design [stage version] Tiago Gandra Production Elizabete Francisca Support/residencies A Casa do Burrikórnio, Associação Luzlinar/ Projeto Pontes, Damas Bar, Companhia Olga Roriz - Interferências21 Festival, Espaço do Tempo - ETFEST Acknowledgements Carlos Manuel Oliveira, Julia Salem and Vânia Doutel Vaz Project supported by Garantir Cultura - Fundo de Fomento Cultural and Fundação GDA