Aqua Viva in Portugal



A performance inspired by the work of Clarice Lispector

Saturday | September 21| 21h30

Igreja do Espírito Santo | Largo João de Deus |Caldas da Rainha

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In her 1973 novel, Água Viva, the Brazilian author Clarice Lispector presents us with metaphysical reflections of the most spellbinding nature. It embodies the power of artists to speak to us from beyond the grave through their surviving works. By interacting with their creations we can become surprisingly intimate with artists whose physical bodies are long dead.

We can reflect on how some aspects of life are timeless: such as our fascination with and fear of death. We become conscious that our lives are played out in the paradoxical tension between continuity and discontinuity. The performance is a reflection about this strange form of communication, drawing upon many of the temporal, musical, and metaphysical themes found in Água Viva.

The Swedish dancer and choreographer Carima Neusser moves to a soundscape created by the Portuguese musician Garcia Da Selva. It has been composed from audio taken from a rare 1977 interview with Lispector on Brazilian television. Her words, distorted and amplified, shed light onto her creative process – providing an arrhythmic dynamic for a choreography performed in her honour


The project is conceived by Per Huttner, curated by Randolph Albright and is organised with Gremio Caldense. It has been made possible through a grant from the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.