Oct 4–6. Try-dimensions Through Trans-realities / Dinis Machado (SE/PT)

The work of choreographer, dancer and artist Dinis Machado addresses issues of queer and specifically trans identity and its conditions. Dinis has created the new work in a state of crisis, which has to do with how these issues are treated by the outside world, the resistance that exists and the ongoing struggle.

October 4 at 7pm
October 5 at 7pm
October 6 at 7pm

Norrtullsgatan 7

Book at: book.weld.se

Try-dimensions through Trans-realities is a dance performance for a cast of three queer dancers. We talk of queer in its intersectional understanding where Queer, disabled, Feminist, and trans people and questions cross over, care, and learn from each other.

Try-Dimensions through Trans-realities departs from the potential of science fiction to project and visualize intersectional futures through its cyborg imaginary: where a journey towards androgyny accompanies a departure from natural canons and towards constructed bodies. In this work, moved by fiction, trans and cis bodies assemble and are assembled by imaginary prosthetic constellations, reassemblings, and dismantlings.

In this work, the term trans-reality is reappropriated as a metaphor for the space of understanding where the sharing of experiences of disassociation and construction of identities enables a platform of mutual understanding.

Try-dimensions through Trans-realities is finally as much about how we inhabit digital spaces to experiment and embody prosthetic selves as it is about how we return to and reengage with the mainstream world transformed by this experience. About how we become closer to ourselves through being together. About how we inhabit the space of the stage as a primitive technology where we can experiment with utopic realities. About how we dance with the digital memories of our desired bodies in the very analogue space of the stage, making virtual experiences of desire into tangible and existable realities.

Produced in the aftermath of the Swedish election that allowed the populist party into government, reflecting the surge of similar politics across Europe and the world, along with its weaponisation of hate towards trans bodies, this is a work of crisis. A work of resilience in the face of a contemporary landscape that seeks to define and render queer lives impossible and unlivable. Occupying the theater as a provisional space of queer subjective living, not in a theatrical way but through becoming a fortress of subjectivity. Not as a vanilla utopic future, but as a space where one accepts that one is afraid and where one welcomes, hosts, and lives through one’s feelings, together.

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Dinis Machado (SE/PT)
Original Soundtrack: Godill (SE)
Danced by: Ali Moini (FR), Mia Meneses (PT) and Dinis Machado (SE/PT)
Scenography, Light design and costume: Dinis Machado (SE/PT)

Project coproduced by Riksteatern (SE), MARC (Knislinge), Dans Plats Skog (Stråtjära), Weld (Stockholm), ZDB (Lisbon), FIDANC (Évora).

(They, Ela, Hen)

Dinis Machado creates work as a choreographer since 2007. With an education in Dance and Visual Arts, their works develop from the crossing point of this two areas: were the concrete gesture of plastic construction of objects, spaces and bodies is reclaimed and worked as choreographic material.

In a post somatic perspective and caring about bodies that do not conceive, perform or imagine themselves as they are medically described, Machado works with mutating bodies that dance from the extra material psychedelic bodies they imagine, claim, and consubstantiate for themselves.

In 2020 Machado was awarded the Birgit Cullberg Stipendium by the Swedish Art Grants Committee / Konstnärsnämnden. Their works Site Specific For Nowhere and Cyborg Sunday were part of Moderna Museet’s quadriennial Modernautställningen 2018. In 2013 they received the life Long Burning co-production by Cullberg Ballet for their project Black Cats Can See In The Dark But Are Not Seen. The work was performed within the [8:tension] series at ImPulsTanz 2014.

Their works were performed in Sweden at Weld, Moderna Museet, MDT, Konsthall C in Stockholm, Röda Sten Konsthall and Skogen in Gothenburg, MARC in Kivik, Wånas Konst in Simrishamn, Väven in Umeå, Vitlycke Performing Arts Centre, Inter Arts Centre and Skånes Konstförening in Malmo, Norrköpings Konstmuseum, Skissernas Museum and Stenkrossen in Lund.

Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm