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The Elephant in the Middle of the Room

Vânia Doutel Vaz

  • 04.04 — 10.04 2022
  • Artists in Residence
  • O Espaço do Tempo

Vânia Doutel Vaz is in artistic residency at Espaço do Tempo in April, 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.


With 36 years of age, 13 years of dance training, 18 years of a career in dance, my body made itself more present than ever. I decided to listen to it. Unsurprisingly, it is outraged. Until now, there has always been someone to tell it what to do, when and how to do it, and where to be. As the chance to talk arises, it has conditions. This piece comes from the realization that this body has things to say that are beyond me.


Vânia Doutel Vaz (January 2022)

Conceived, created and performed by Vânia Doutel Vaz Video Daniela Stubbs Levi, Vânia Doutel Vaz Residency collaborators Josefa Pereira, Luara Learth, Piny, Nina Botkay Costume Nina Botkay, Vânia Doutel Vaz Set, Light and Technical Director Leticia Skrycky Music to be defined Produced by Alkantara Coproduced by Teatro do Bairro Alto 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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