From 6th to 8th of November, LOOP Festival gives dance the spotlight on the online stage of Cineteatro António Lamoso in Santa Maria da Feira
Originated in 2017, LOOP was born as a pioneer festival in Portugal bringing street and club dances to the theater. The mission has been about providing opportunities to dancers and choreographers to experiment, develop and implement new ideas using vocabularies such as Breaking, Hip Hop, House, Locking, Popping, whether in its pure form whether influenced and crossed with other artistic expressions embracing a contemporary approach.
In 2020, the Festival brings the attention to the dialogue, the community and the dance created in the moment — freestyle. The event expands through the screening of a documentary, workshops and talks, punctuated by a night of LOOP STAGE, where Chey Jurado (ES) presents his solo “ÁGUA”, followed by MY OWN LOOP JAM - an explosion of improvisation with music and dance made for all of those who do not want to miss this edition.
In the midst of what we’re all living, LOOP embraces this new reality and mutates completely, presenting itself entirely online. Resilient, just like the dances it receives on its stage, the focus is on preserving the artistic diversity and quality, encouraging human proximity and actively reminding us of the importance of Art and Culture in times of physical and social distance.
6, 7 and 8th of November, LOOP, having its core team in Santa Maria da Feira, unites different geographies in one platform, and allows everyone to become a part of the festival.
From 6 to 8 of November, LOOP Festival gives dance the spotlight through the online stage of Cineteatro António Lamoso in Santa Maria da Feira
Originated in 2017, LOOP was born as a pioneer festival in Portugal bringing street and club dances to the theater. The mission has been about providing opportunities to dancers and choreographers to experiment, develop and implement new ideas through Breaking, Hip Hop, House, Locking, Popping, through its pure form or crossed with other artistic expressions.
In 2020, the Festival focuses on dialogue, community and dance created in the moment — freestyle. The event expands through the screening of a documentary, workshops and talks, punctuated by a night of LOOP STAGE, where Chey Jurado (ES) presents his solo “ÁGUA”, followed by MY OWN LOOP JAM.
6, 7 and 8th of November from Santa Maria da Feira the festival embraces this new reality and mutates completely, presenting itself entirely online. This year, LOOP unites different geographies in one platform, and allows everyone to become a part of the festival
Tools for improvisation and concepts through Popping
Concepts and expressions applied to freestyle through Hip hop and Waacking
Grooves and Flow Expansion, Rhythms in Footwork
Cintia started her dance journey in French Guiana when she was 16 years old having, step by step, developed her style focused on Popping. She has lived in Paris since 2005 and has worked since then with different dance companies such as Norma Claire, A part être, Par terre, Cie Kilai. Cintia is a Dancer and a Choreographer, co-founder of the collective BANDIDAS.
She’s one of the dancers invited to My Own LOOP Jam and she will be working and giving you specific tools used in her dance that can be applied to movement in general in a three hour workshop divided in two parts.
Dancer, teacher and event organiser, with a background in Hip Hop and Waacking, her dance career travels through projects such as being a choreographer for the tv dance show called "Fama a Bailar", or winning battles as RedBull Bc One (Spain) and All Styles (Oakland) or as a dancer for singers like Nathy Peluso (Primavera Sound) and Agoney (Madrid).
Dii is one of the dancers invited to My Own LOOP Jam and with her strong energy and mindset she will be sharing concepts to explore with you, providing you tools that you can apply to your own dance in a three hour workshop divided in two parts.
With a human, contagious and very singular energy, Tamara is internationally known and recognised by its House and Waacking. With a very rich path involving training, sharing and competing, where we can highlight the collaboration with Faro Urbano (ES) and Ladies of Hip Hop (NY), she’s a dancer with a lot of curiosity in movement exploration.
Her dance is normally a fluid and groovy kind of moving, with a strong flow expression, giving space to some softness through the body and to the experience of intense internal sensations. She enjoys finding esthetics while exploring the possible shapes of human bodily architecture. She also finds inspiration in translating certain character traits, aiming to trigger a sense of recognizing in one another. As she puts it “The simple power of uplifting with dance”... a way to move, share and live through her expression. .
She is one of the dancers invited to dance at the MY OWN LOOP JAM segment, and will give us the pleasure of sharing her presence and knowledge in two sessions with distinct focuses.
The opening of the festival is normally the moment where we see and greet each other, interact, create connections, however brief, and launch together the entry point for all the segments ahead of us. Because in times of physical distance we want to be close and be human, because when dealing with so many screens and so much technology, we want to become aware that on the other side of the screen there are others like us, they may be watching, dancing, singing or operating platforms so that this LOOP is an unique and cosy experience for all of us. Join us in this segment so we can see you and know that you are there - shall we?
A segment that opens the possibility of accessing solid and well funded information, highlighted in critical discussion. We propose the screening of videos or movies related to street and clubbing dance contexts, bringing to each edition a documentary, a director or a historian, to unravel more about the culture and it's deep roots.
After watching the documentary we will have a space of 30 minutes to debate and reflect with each other.
A space to expose reflexions, bring visions or shout out messages aiming, foremostly, to challenge the Speakers in creating their narrative without interruptions. Afterwards they will integrate themselves in a debate where the audience can also interact and ask questions. In this edition we aligned three directions and three people with a very unique personality and experience who will share structural themes around the dances we celebrate in LOOP.
After his first contact with the world of Hip Hop in 1997, he stayed forever connected to the culture with dance taking the wheel in it. He shares his art in an integral way: teaching, taking part in national and international competitions as a dancer and juri, performing in shows from different fields and, above all, rooting very well his connections to the culture through music. He is present in concerts and videos of Hip Hop artists such as Mundo Segundo, Sam the Kid, Capicua, Marcelo D2, Dealema and Mind da Gap.
During this one-of-a-kind year he was “À conversa com…” (“talking with...”) at least 100 people from the Hip Hop Portuguese Culture, creating a database of information for a lot of us and generating many important dialogs to listen and reflect. Bboy Aiam, as he is mostly known, is also a part of the “Social Project Breaking Porto” and he can’t, really, he can not, live without this Art.
Portuguese and born from Angolan parents, Lúcia started dancing Capoeira very early, giving her first steps in the Hip Hop culture with ButterflieSoulFlow. The decision to take dance seriously as a profession took her to Paris, where she studied, amplifying her knowledge at the Centre des Arts Vivants. Simultaneously, she studied urban styles, focusing on Breaking and House. She actively took part in competitions, projects and formations and, wherever she is, Lúcia is a caring, present and highly dynamic element to the community.
She developed an interest in the work of fusing styles and going on stage, therefore integrating companies as A Part Etre, DYPTIK, Orchidaceae and Ella Mesma Company.
The (re)discovery of the connection between Capoeira, the African culture and urban dances led Lúcia to look for her roots in Bahia (the magical city of Salvador, Brazil) birthplace of Capoeira and the Afro-Brasilian culture. Together with Jorge Cipriano she created Agadá Companhia de Dança Afro Contemporânea and together with Dougie Knight, My Own Style Jam.
António Brito Guterres is a member of the DIN MIA’CET – Centre of Studies on the Socio Economic Change and the Territory, group in which he is a researcher. Post-graduated and doctored in Urban Studies, he wrote his Bachelor thesis in Social Services, about the social and cultural impacts of the relocation policies.
Together with his academic work, António is involved in countless projects on territorial development (especially in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area) which allow him to have a personal vision of the reality of the territory. He was head of the Iniciativa Bairros Críticos – Operação Vale da Amoreira project, and coordinator of the Centro de Experimentação Artística in the same neighbourhood. Currently, he cooperates with the Aga Khan Portugal Foundation, which promotes social development, and is involved in the creation of a fictional series about the diversity of daily and imaginary lives in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.
He is the author of the program “Cidade Invisível” on Antena 1 radio station and TV channel RDP África, and comes to share with us a fieldwork perspective of the intrinsic relationship between the body and the city.
Segment dedicated to present existing and emerging dance creations, normally with about 15 to 30 minutes, on stage. These can be already experienced works or pieces purely developed and created through LOOP having the premier in the festival.
Embracing the challenges that current times are imposing on us all, we challenged Chey Jurado who, straight from Granada, will present his solo work “ÁGUA”, a very sensible, detailed and unpredictable work where we can observe the dancer crossing over on multiple, yet growing gradually, states and sensations.
Live streaming on our page
Based in Granada, Spain, and having a very well and world wide known background in bboying, popping and locking, Chey is considered one of the biggest dancers internationally representing Spain. He is four times winner of Red Bull Bc One Spain and also winner for Juste Debout in the “Experimental” category.
His career on stage travels between creations with companies like La Veronal, Roberto Olivan, Cía Elias Aguirre, Rojas & Rodriguez and Perfordance.
From the already known segment "LOOP JAM" — a simple JAM happening in the Festival so people can … jam! — we took a step forward on a new hand to hand collaboration with a Lisbon based project “MY OWN STYLE” created by Lúcia Afonso and Dougie Knight.
This simbiosis of concepts gave ground to “MY OWN LOOP JAM” - a space where an environment of improvisation and creation in the moment is proposed to 6 guest dancers from different styles, portuguese and international. This is a way to bring other references to the Portuguese community and establish connections beyond borders, especially in these times we are living in. We will also have Sol de Luanda, our Host and musician, who will have a fundamental role by using her Voice. In musical creation, which happens specifically for this segment and these dancers, we will also have the project Best Served Chill, with a DJ building live sounds and an MC, which through spoken word will bring a strong Hip Hop culture component to the online stages of the LOOP Festival.
Platforms VIMEO, ZOOM and LIVE STREAMING
Maximum between 25 and 100 participants
Free access - Subject to Registration here.
6, 7 and 8th of November 2020 (all times are in Lisbon time - Western Europe Time)
Maximum 15 participants
Aimed for dancers and dance students
Each workshop is composed by two different parts
3 workshops (9h, 6 sessions): 40€
1 workshop (3h, 2 sessions) : 25€