Costumes Design

DANCE  |  Lowlands

Costumes Design Sketches

Concept, direction, choreography > Helder Seabra | Creation assistant > Mafalda Deville | Created and interpreted by > Afonso Cunha, Dinis Duarte/Deeogo Oliveira, Joana Couto, Mário Araújo, Mercedes Quijada/Lea Siebrecht, Pedro Matias and Sara Santervás | Interns > Gustavo Magalhães, Marta Cardoso | Musical composition and interpretation > Stijn Vanmarsenille | Technical direction and light design > Joaquim Madaíl | Scenography > Israel Pimenta | Costume design > Pedro Ribeiro | Costumes assistant > Maria Afonso Coelho | Production > Instável – Centro Coreográfico | Production director > Rita Santos > Coproduction > Teatro Municipal do Porto | © Images from the show by © Pedro Sardinha / TMP | PTG 2022

An area where the land is close to or below sea level is called a lowland, which also refers to Freud’s theory, who compares the mind to an iceberg—it floats with a seventh of its volume, its only visible portion, above water. In this piece for eight performers, the creator dives below sea level, into the “unconscious mind”, and guides the artists and the audience on a journey through the “waiting room of the mind”, where thoughts remain until they manage to attract the conscious’ attention. Primal instincts (desires, fears, wishes, believes and anxieties, among others) and impulses kept at a distance resurface no longer disguised by the mannerisms of adult niceties. The physicality associated with the unconscious becomes the main character, and it resorts to the body. In a meeting between people in an “empty space”, the search for a common essence may allow for a deeper understanding of our daily life and our personal and collective identity. By means of a highly physical and experimental dance and theatre aesthetics, one tours the shadow world of existence, of inner stories that unfold beyond language and words. – Helder Seabra