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ALKANARA - The Elephant in the Room - ©Tiago Moura
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The Elephant in the Room

Vânia Doutel Vaz

  • 10.05 — 03.06 2022
  • Artists in Residence
  • La Fabrique Chaillot

Vânia Doutel Vaz is in artistic residency at La Fabrique Chaillot in May and June, creating her first solo There is an Elephant in the middle of the room. The show will premiere in November 2022 at Teatro do Bairro Alto (Lisbon) as part of the Alkantara Festival 2022.

How great is the impact of observation in identity building and its presentation, or in the attribution of value, both artistically and personally? In this dance of who observes who, what and when, ideas of privilege, exclusivity, access and power are released in the construction and sharing of an experience.

Vânia Doutel Vaz (January 2022)

Conceived, created and performed by Vânia Doutel Vaz Critical eye Josefa Pereira Costumes Nina Botkay Light and Technical Director Leticia Skrycky Video intalation Daniela Stubbs Levi and Vânia Doutel Vaz Music Adriana João Scenography Vânia Doutel Vaz with Letícia Skrycky e Nina Botkay "La Fabrique Challiot" Residency collaborators Josefa Pereira, Luara Learth, Piny, Nina Botkay Produced by Alkantara Coproduced by Teatro do Bairro Alto, Teatro Municipal do Porto Residencies Alkantara, Casa da Dança, Estúdios Victor Córdon/OPART, La Fabrique Chaillot Thanks Rui Horta, Josseline Black, Ana Trincão, Giovanni Lourenço


Project supported by the residency program “La Fabrique Chaillot” – Chaillot- Théâtre National de la Danse (Paris)

Vânia Doutel Vaz

Vânia Doutel Vaz is a Portuguese-born Angolan dancer and choreographer. Vaz studied dance at the Royal Dance Academy, Escola de Dança do Conservatório Nacional, and Forum Dança. She was a member of Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo, Nederlands Dans Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (CLCB), and PUNCHDRUNK. As a freelance artist, Vaz has collaborated with: Trajal Harrell, in Maggie the Cat at the Manchester International Festival, Medea at the Onassis Foundation, Séance de Travail at Schauspielhaus Bochum (2019), and Friend of a Friend, a...

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