Production Details / Press Releases
“Treasured in the Dark” takes the audience on a journey of sensing human and non-human presences. With his own body as the vector, Thiago Granato here becomes a medium through which a trans-communication takes place. Ambiguous sounds, floating hybrid objects, lit shadows and anonymous presences all come into being. In a sequence of mutating scenes, each punctured by a sudden and total transformation, the performance offers a metamorphic perspective for making sense of existence.
“Treasured in the Dark” is the first solo in a trilogy which is a choreographic research based on different imaginary collaborations between dead and living choreographers, as well as those not yet born. This trilogy is part of the project entitled “CHOREOVERSATIONS” that combines research, creation and production.
The “CHOREOVERSATIONS” project mainly aims to create a network of relationships between the participating artists and their public, empowering discussions about history, heritage, authorship, property, translation, transmission, incorporation and presence in contemporary dance.
Thiago Granato is a performer and choreographer who lives between Brazil and Germany. He works on developing new forms of choreographic practice, examining the conditions of art production in contemporary dance. In 2008 he participated in Xavier Le Roy’s project “ex.e.r.ce 08” in Montpellier and in 2013/14 he was artist-in-residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. The charismatic dancer has been seen at HAU Hebbel am Ufer together with Jefta van Dinther in “This Is Concrete” and “As It Empties Out”. Now he presents his solo work “Treasured in the Dark” (2015), which has toured internationally.
Cast & Credits
Concept, direction and performance: Thiago Granato
“Invited” choreographers: Hijikata Tatsumi (Japan / 1938-1986) and Lennie Dale (USA-Brazil / 1934-1994)
Assistant: Sandro Amaral
Sound: Gerald Kurdian
Lights: Jan Fedinger
Artistic advice: Carolina Mendonça and Lou Forster
Costume advice: Marion Montel
Objects: Thiago Granato and Sandro Amaral
Thanks to: Fernanda Raquel, Christine Greiner, Stephen Barber, Adiu Bastos, Larry Vickers, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Christophe Wavelet, Fabrícia Martins, Cristian Duarte, Jonnatha Fortes, Fabiano Amaral and Jefta van Dinther
Production: Sandro Amaral and Thiago Granato
Coproduction: CND – Center Nacional de la Danse (Paris), Cullberg ballet, Lifetime Burning, Cultural Program of the European Union 2013-2018
Supported by: JES – Young Ensemble Stuttgart, CCN – Center Choréographique National (Montpellier), Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, FID – Fórum Internacional de Dança (Belo Horizonte), 4Culture (Bucharest)
Awarded the international residence program of the City of Paris / Institut Français aux Récollets 2015 (Paris).
Artistic residences: Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart / Germany); WASP – Working Art Space & Production (Bucharest / Romania); BUDA Arts Center (Kortrijk / Belgium); Center International des Récollets (Paris / France)
“Projeto Brasil” is a project by five production houses: HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt and Kampnagel Hamburg, funded by the Federal Cultural Foundation.
Supported by the Goethe-Institut and in cooperation with Serviço Social do Comércio de São Paulo (SESC SP).
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU3)
Tempelhofer Ufer 10
Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27
The video documentation is produced by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):