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The word Lounge is both a verb and a noun: an action of sitting or lying in a relaxed way or a public room where people may relax. This dual nature of resting is at the heart of this duet for two female-identifying bodies. Together they move through states of active and passive rest, using each other’s presence to go deeper into themselves and the vibe. Permeating the piece is the notion of the invisible lap dance, consisting of small, nearly imperceptible dances that use the gaze to blur the borders between the giver and receiver. By relying on erotics and building togetherness, Lounge taps into the com- fort of rest as an active claim of womanhood.
MARGA ALFEIRÃO uses media to carve safe-spaces for the exploration of intimacy and sexuality through dance and performance. Heavily influenced by dance-genres and sound textures from the african diaspora disseminated through Lisbon’s social tissue, she attempts an active claim of womanhood, making room for lesbian sensualities. Last year together with Camila Malenchini, she premiered Wet Eyez, a work on emotional bodies and fantasy. She has worked with choreographers Tamara Alegre, Antonja Livingstone, architect Afaina de Jong, among others. She is active in the Portuguese Ballroom scene as a founding member of the Casa das Musas. Graduated from HZT’s BA in dance and choreography in Berlin (2017-21), she initiated Lapdances to Ringtones and Lullabies, a research on erotics and rest.
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TFB Nr. 1717
Cast & Credits
PERFORMANCE: Mariana Benengue, Marga Alfeirão
CHOREOGRAPHY AND DANCE DEVELOPED WITH: Myriam Lucas, Cajsa Godee, Mariana Benengue
MUSIC MIXING AND EDITING: Shaka Lion, Hinna Jafri
SCENOGRAPHY: Yoav Admoni
STYLING: Marga Alfeirão
LIGHT DESIGN: Thais Nepomuceno
DRAMATURGY: Jette Büchsenschütz
ORIGINAL IDEA: Marga Alfeirão
SPECIAL THANKS: Francesca Spisto
A production by Marga Alfeirão in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE.
Tanztage Berlin 2023
CURATOR: Mateusz Szymanówka
DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Jette Büchsenschütz, Dandan Liu
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT: Francesca Spisto
PRODUCTION: Vivi Kartsioti, Léonie Duflot
PRESS: Wayra Schuebel
The 32nd Tanztage Berlin is a production of the SOPHIENSÆLE.
Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
With the kind support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e. V., HZT Berlin, Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte.
The video documentation is produced 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):