Intempestivamente in Portuguese translates roughly to “untimely.” This performance was created during a two-month residency at Vila Sul in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, during the months of June and July, 2017. It took place in the new dance building at the Universidade Federal de Bahia (UFBA). Though the “new” building was built in 2013, it has not yet been finished and stands as an untimely ruin, the weather slowly dismantling the concrete structure.
Our performance–a series of slow, intensive actions using voice and surface–was a reflection on the folds and fissures of time in Salvador’s colonial and dance histories. A slow moving orgy in the inexorable (backward) progress of history, or a cloud of sound and skin moving in and out of focus. We were concerned with how the future shows up, or doesn’t.
Intempestivate was made in collaboration with Ana Brandão, Nefertiti Altan, and Thiago Cohen. I made the music, though it was heavily inspired by Ben Vida and Simon Portigal’s citations of this in his work. Intempestivamente was presented by Vila Sul at the Escola de Dança da UFBA and was supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. It was an offsite performance associated with the exhibition Notes on Visiting.
all photos by Lara Carvalho