© João Octávio Peixoto/TMP / “VANISHING”, by Beatriz Valentim and Bruno Senude

Beatriz Valentim and Bruno Senude
Palcos Instáveis / Coproduction with Teatro Municipal do Porto

VANISHING is an encounter, a play in two moments, with two performers, two speeches, where each of us composes a choreographic score for the other, repeating patterns, recurrences, organisms. Based on reflections on the ephemerality of dance and the performative act – “dance always vanishes in front of our eyes in order to create a new past” (André Lepecki) – we researched the gesture, presence vs absence, appearance vs disappearance, contemplating the various losses of what was/is no longer.

We delve into the daily life of the body and its particular gestures, in the contaminating observation of others, in the negative spaces in prose, confusing subject and object, mixing action and reaction. We use the “look” as an iconography of observation, research, search, in an ambivalent dialogue of connection, dominance, rejection.

Cycles of time – day metamorphosing into night – as a reference for representation/failure, capture of form, impossibility of it, repetition, transformation, overabundance of movement. Choreographing the invisible, destroy the cycles: now you see me, now you don’t, you disappear inside me, I disappear inside you – you who are seeing me. We find in-between spaces: un-looking, un-formatting, projecting desires, nightmares, dust. Presence in transit, in transition, in a constant demand for places of belonging and memory. Telma João Santos, Beatriz Valentim and Bruno Senune

It must be nice to disappear, To have a vanishing act, To always be looking forward, And never looking back.

Lou Reed


Beatriz Valentim graduated from the National Conservatory Dance School and graduated in sociology from ISCTE-IUL. She works with artists such as Olga Roriz, Jérôme Bel, Raimund Hoghe, Mafalda Deville, Sílvia Real, Francisco Camacho and Né Barros. “O que é um problema?” is her most recent dance show that combines visual arts and music, aimed at young audiences, in co-production with Festival Cumplicidades and Teatro Municipal do Porto.

Bruno Senune began his dance studies at Balleteatro (2008-2011), where he is currently developing training projects. He collaborated as a performer with several artists including Tânia Carvalho, Né Barros, Théo Mercier, Boris Charmatz, Flávio Rodrigues, Carlota Lagido. Since 2015, he has been creating his own projects, presenting them in various contexts.

Dance, M6 – 40 min


Past presentations

Apr 5 and 6 / Palco do Auditório TCA

Choreography and Interpretation: Beatriz Valentim and Bruno Senune

Original music composition and live interpretation: Pedro Souza

Texts and documentation: Telma João Santos

Costumes: Ana Isabel Castro

Light design: Mariana Figueroa

Video: Daniel Pinheiro

Artistic advice*: Flávio Rodrigues

Artistic residencies: Teatro Campo Alegre*, A Gráfica – Centro de Criação Artística de

Provision of space: CAMPUS, Companhia Olga Roriz

Coproduction: Instável–Centro Coreográfico e Teatro Municipal do Porto*, A Gráfica – Centro de Criação Artística de

With the support of: Fundação GDA


* Within the scope of Palcos Instáveis