A performative durational exploration in which Brazilian artist duo QUARTO, using a kilometer long rope, challenges the notion of what a body is capable of. This rope is manipulated, generating a movement vocabulary between the body and rope, through constant motion. The physical exertion, on the verge of the unbearable, gradually peels away our notions of body and object, ego and drama. This work is the first part in the ten yearlong research project ROPE series.
QUARTO is an artist duo founded in 2003 by Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala. Based in Stockholm they live between Brazil and Sweden collaborating with other artists, researchers, academics and institutions devoted to research and development in the art field. This permanent dialogue in-between two distinct countries forces QUARTO to deal with different working conditions, politics, economies, cultures, infrastructure etc. Placing them in constant challenges and impermanence in a transient and nomadic lifestyle. Their work has been shown internationally at museums, in different venues and galleries throughout the world. 2018 QUARTO received the Birgit Cullberg award.
choreography, concept & performance:
Anna af Sillén de Mesquita & Leandro Zappala
Fredrika Spindler & Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback
Moderna Museet, Dansehallerne & MDT
The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm’s Culture Committee and The International Dance Programme – The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé’s International Programme for Dance Artists