Fest en Fest 2020 | Workshop with QUARTO | Sat 8 Feb | 10am-2pm | Laurie Grove, Deptford

Independent Dance is excited to be working in partnership with Fest en Fest, hosting a workshop opportunity in Deptford on Saturday 8 February.

Curated by H2Dance, Fest en Fest is a choreographic project in the format of a new international festival of expanded choreography. It platforms work from Scandinavia in London and South East.

Communal Rope - one day workshop with QUARTO

We will share some of the work and practices that we have developed in the context of the ROPE-series over the past ten years. This proposal has grown out of a need to open and develop the research work together with others in order to find new strategies for communal connectivity. We will be dealing with the rope as an emblem, as a riddle and a problem, collectively encountering its qualities and dealing with its entanglements.
These are some of the questions we will be exploring together: How do you untie a huge knot collectively? What happens with the limits between bodies and objects when dealing with a very long rope? What kind of collective and personal memories pass through our bodies when we start manipulating the rope?

Between manipulation and being exposed to the rope’s very own dynamic, a particular kind of body emerges, a body that is situated between different cultures, languages and realities; a body that carries the experience of the moment, memories of the past and imaginations and fictions of an encounter yet- to-come.


The performance-duo QUARTO consists of Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala. Since 2003 they have created 3 series in 3 parts: WIP, BEAUTY and ROPE, which are not trilogies in a classical sense but rather a long-term research, each piece is autonomous and yet intertwined, creating a sense of coherency.

They invest in a long-term research within interdisciplinary art, deeply rooted in the interaction between theory and practice, together with artists and researchers. Engaged in philosophical questions regarding power relations and the limits of the body, they seek to generate thought and subjectivity through a radical, visual and physical experience.

Anna and Leandro live and work between two different cultures, the Brazilian and the Swedish. The life between two distinct continents characterizes their work and provides constant challenges
Their work has been shown internationally at museums, in different venues and galleries throughout the world, including:

Netherlands (Frascati Theater), Russia (Solyanka State Gallery), Sweden (Moderna Museet, MDT, Dansens Hus, Norrlandsoperan, Inkonst), Germany (Ludwig Forum Museum of Modern Art, Uferstudios, Tanzhaus nrw, IFA Gallery Berlin), Lebanon (Sursock Museum of Modern Art), Brazil (Panorama Festival), Denmark (Dansehallerne, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art), Portugal (Serralves Museum of Modern Art), Austria (DONAU Festival), UK (Fierce Festival), Serbia (BITEF / Kondenz Festival), Uruguay (FIDCU – International Dance Festival of Uruguay and NIDO-Campo Abierto), Estonia (Notafe Festival), Chile (NAVE – OTROSUR), Poland (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec / Malta Festival).

In 2018 QUARTO received the Birgit Cullberg award.