João Fiadeiro
First Case Study: October 2014 to March 2016 More

Introduction: Composition in Real Time method

Performance Studies & Information Vizualisation

Multimodal Communication & Cognition

Computer Vision & Motion Tracking

Case study: João Fiadeiro

Our first case study on choreographer João Fiadeiro was carried out between October 2014 and March 2016. His Composition in Real Time method was the main point of interest, which Fiadeiro has developed throughout the past twenty years. Since Fiadeiro’s professional activities extend across the fields of choreography, performance, pedagogy and research, the BlackBox team designed four studies to investigate different aspects of his work.

Introduction: Composition in Real Time method

Introduction to the CTR method

Introduction to the composition in Real Time method

João Fiadeiro started to develop the CTR method in 1995 based on the necessity to design a compositional system that would allow him to share his personal artistic sensibility with his collaborators in the creative processes and performances. Following this initial phase the CTR method was further elaborated as an instrument to explore the dramaturgic dimension in dance in collaboration with other artists and researchers. More

Performance Studies & Information Vizualisation

SOLOS | ENACTMENTS study

Solos | Enactments study

Fiadeiro selected three solo works from different decades for the SOLOS | ENACTMENTS performance series, reworked two pieces and presented the third in the hybrid format of a lecture-performance in order to share essential insights from his ‘sabbatical’. For us as researchers interested in the initial stages of Fiadeiro’s creative process it was a rare opportunity and great privilege to witness and accompany this beginning of a new choreographic cycle More

Creative Process: What to do with what remains

What to do with what remains

We have accompanied Fiadeiro’s new group piece “What to do with what remains”, an exhilarating dance piece that could be described as a contemporary novel published onstage in real-time. Five dancers exert themselves running in the outskirts of the theatre for the duration of the entire piece. In regular intervals the dancers enter the stage individually, stop in front of a microphone stand, and convey their experience while gasping for breath. More

Multimodal Communication & Cognition

Floor Study: "Silent" Turn-Taking

Floor Study: 'Silent' Turn-Taking

The BlackBox Floor Study aims at looking at social interaction in a creative context, that of a contemporary dance improvisation, and in particular, the management of turn-taking in performing arts. Turn-taking is that process common in everyday interactions like conversations, where people decide who to interact or speak next based on other people's behavior. These cues include, pauses and intonation at the end of a spoken phrase, subtle gestures and other body movements, and eye gaze. More

Computer Vision & Motion Tracking

Visualization and Motion Tracking Studies

Visualization and Motion Tracking Studies

Annotated videos have been used in the context of dance performance not only as a way to record and share compositions and knowledge between different choreographers, but also as a powerful learning tool. Restraining the viewpoint of the user to the recorded point of view can be an obstacle in several scenarios. More

Bio

João Fiadeiro belongs to the generation of choreographers who emerged in the late eighties and that, following the movement of American and French "post-modern dance" and Belgian Nouvelle Danse movements gave rise to the New Portuguese Dance. Much of his training is received between Lisbon, New York and Berlin, after having been a dancer in the Dance Company of Lisbon (1986-1988) and the Gulbenkian Ballet (1989-1990). In 1990, he founded the Re.Al Company, which created and toured their own shows regularly in Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia and South America. In addition to accompanying and representing emerging artists, Re.Al. welcomed and presented transdisciplinary artists in the framework of LAB / Projects in Motion.More

João Fiadeiro

Since 2004, he is director of the Atelier Real, a welcoming environment for events and artist residencies. Between 1995 and 2003, he collaborated with the theatre company United Artists as a coach for the "movement of the actors," in all of the company’s productions. He staged "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Beckett; "4'48 '' Psychosis" by Sarah Kane; and "Night sings their songs" by Jan Fosse for this company. Between 2011 and 2014, Fiadeiro co-directed with anthropologist Fernanda Eugenio the AND_Lab research center in Lisbon, a training and research platform at the intersection of creativity, sustainability and everyday life.

The Composition in Real Time method, initially designed to support the choreographic and dramaturgical writing of his work, evolved increasingly into a tool and theoretical and practical platform to think about decision-making, representation and collaboration. This research takes place in the context of art, as well as in collaboration with various disciplines, and has led him to teach workshops in masters and doctoral programs in Portuguese and foreign schools and universities on a regular basis. Currently, João Fiadeiro is doing a PhD in the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra.