Ivo Serra // Artist presentation // Performance: P Dance
September 6, 2016, 7 p.m., free entrance
Performance: P Dance
September 7, 2016, 7.30 p.m.
“I am a Man!
Perhaps almost... Or perhaps I should say that I am a man, somehow, disassociated from
what maleness is within certain social beliefs.
P Dance is my attempt to create a setup for a contemporary ritual, where a potential
hybrid “Ethno-Choreography” takes place. A contemporary space where the naked body is
constantly transitioning between a “found“ archive of social dance patterns, while addressing
reflections on globalised notions of gender, and positioning them within older folk traditions.
P Dance takes as its starting point the folk dance and costume of “Careto”, which is considered a symbolic rite of passage from boyhood to manhood in Podence, Portugal. From its roots in European and medieval agrarian cultures, the “essence“ of Careto has morphed into different textures and aesthetics, depending on its sociocultural values and usages.
Appropriating the costume associated with the ritual and repositioning it as a queer object, I
investigate and “draw” together influences from Judith Butler, popular dance and drag culture,
to question, explore and deliberately fail in the attempt of magnifying/performing melancholic assumptions of masculinity.
Throughout P Dance, the naked movements create a visceral and relentless physical language,
with my body as a central point of focus, as a screen for communal projections. This questions and navigates through potential archetypal and stereotypical ideals of maleness, and the (mis)interpretations and perpetuations of certain claimed values of masculinity.”
Concept, solo, performance, space: Ivo Serra
Drummer: Eduard Gabia
Music: “Widerstehe doch der Sünde” BWV 54-1. Aria & Recitativo, J.S. Bach
Collaborators: Maria F. Scaroni, Jessy Layne Tuddenham, Constanze Schellow and Peter
Light designer: Benjamin Schälike, Ivo Serra
Thanks to: Ponderosa Community, Julian Weber, Andrea Bellini, Justin Francis Kennedy,
Kennis Hawkins, Yoav Admoni, Lulu Obermayer, Marc Lohr, Will Rawls, Teresa Dillon, Carlo
Roffare, Fabian Anst, Tino Sehgal and the “This Variation” crew, Andrew Kerton, Hwayeon
Nam, Joshua Rutter, Mădălina Dan, Liad Kantorowicz. A special thank you to my mother,
The support of Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Centre d’ Art Contemporain Genève, Switzerland,
Ponderosa Community organization, the 2nd edition of Nomadic School (Festival Homo Novus,
Riga, Latvia), Caretos de Podence non-profit organization.
Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1979, Ivo Serra is a Berlin based choreographer, visual artist, videographer and performer. Approaching his work from a queer perspective with an emphasis on gender and identity, Ivo's interests lie in ethno-choreology and folk traditions with a focus on the translocation/s of myths and rituals of passage from their historical and original contexts into new and other contemporary territories and spaces. Since 2003, his work has been shown internationally within dance and live art festivals (Yksin sateessa "Lonely in the Rain" Festival in Joensuu, Finland; Skorohod Theater, St. Petersburg, Festival Temps d'Image, Portugal; Moscow Russian Dance TsEKh Agency; Retrospective 15th Anniversary season, KUNST-STOFF arts, San Francisco; INZUCHT Festival, Berlin, Germany), galleries, video and performing art venues (Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève; 39th annual Dance on Camera Festival co-sponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York; Festival d'Images Vidéo artistiques, Centro Pablo Neruda, Nîmes; SCREEN DANCE BASEL International Film Festival for Dance and Performance, Switzerland; Montage Video Dance Festival, Art Creative Media & Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa; Dance in Focus - International Festival of Video & Dance, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). Between 2008 and 2010, Ivo worked at REAL, Lisbon, Portugal, with João Fiadeiro as the main video archiver, where he developed the company’s video library, which documented and catalogued the group’s performance and residency program. In 2010, he completed his bachelor in Visual Arts in Ar.co,
Lisbon, Portugal. After which he received an award from the Inov-Art, 2nd Edition Programme from the
Portuguese Ministry of Culture (2010-2011), which enabled him to work with Movement Research in New York City as their videographer and archivist. Since 2011, he has collaborated and performed with Tino Sehgal on “This Variation” (Documenta 13, Kassel; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, etc). In 2014, Ivo Serra received the scholarship Studeinstiftung des Deutschen Volkes to support his MA of arts at UdK-HZT Berlin, on the SODA (Solo/Dance/Authorship) programme, from which he graduated with first class honours in 2016.