If you want to know, ask + Monday: Watch Out for the Right!, Cláudia Dias

march 8th, 9 pm
Centro de Experimentação Artística do Vale da Amoreira
15 + 55 min.
If you want to know, ask

If you want to know, ask is the result of a four-day creation and performance workshop held at Centro de Experimentação Artística do Vale da Amoreira. A group of teenagers was invited to develop a performance based on Monday: Watch out for the Right! by Cláudia Dias. In the workshop led by Cláudia Dias and Jaimes Neves, participants trained in muay thai box and formulated a series of questions that serve as the basis for their version of the piece. If you want to know, ask is presented in a double bill with Monday, using the same set and followed by a talkback with the artists and workshop participants.

Monday: Watch Out for the Right!

In Monday: Watch Out for the Right!, Cláudia Dias steps into a boxing ring with her sparring partner, Thai kickboxing coach Jaime Neves. They fight twelve rounds with their fists, while the referee recites the fighting words of Spanish poet Pablo Fidalgo Lareo. They’ve all been knocked down before and can deal questions about restrictive monetary policy, migration, depression, and unemployment in the EU like uppercuts.

Monday: Watch Out for the Right! is the first installment in the Seven Years Seven Pieces series, a seven-part performance series addressing the concept of an absent or precarious future developed by Portuguese choreographer Cláudia Dias.

When we take a punch, at least something happens. With any luck, we are conscious of the act and know that it’s happening. Knowing anything at all when we are being pounded in the face is good, but better to also know who, how, and what it was for. In a world of more or less dissimulated aggression at home and at work and more or less simulated agression in leisure, we expect the punch to land, sooner or later. At least metaphorically. What is surprising is that so many people take the hit without knowing why. Before allowing someone to slug us without warning, it is a good idea to keep the consequences of the act in mind. If we don’t know the motivation and end goal, we have missed the point, no matter how square the punch lands. Without understanding, we remain alienated from the facts. And that’s how a conflict can cease to be, even after it has happened.


Concept and Artistic Director: Cláudia Dias
Guest artist:
Pablo Fidalgo Lareo
Cláudia Dias and Pablo Fidalgo Lareo
Cláudia Dias, Jaime Neves and Pablo Fidalgo Lareo/Karas
Critical Eye Seven Years Seven Pieces:
Jorge Louraço Figueira
Thai Boxing Coach: Jaime Neves
Technical Director:
Nuno Borda De Água
Set and Light design:
Thomas Walgrave
Difusion Somenthing Great
Produced by:
Artistic residencies:
Espaço Alkantara, Göteborg Dance and Theatre Festival and Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts (with support from KID Gothemburg) Teatro Extremo/Teatro Estúdio António Assunção; Companhia de Dança de Almada; O Espaço do Tempo; Teatro Municipal do Porto
Co-produced by: 
Alkantara and Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen with the support of NXTSTP/Culture Programme of the EU; Goethe Institut and Maria Matos Teatro Municipal with support of the EUROPOLY project; and Teatro Municipal do Porto.

Seven Years Seven Pieces is supported by Câmara Municipal de Almada.