© Pauliana Valente Pimentel

NUNO LUCAS – Me Here, You There

ARTISTIC RESIDENCY
4 > 11 DEC
Convento do Espírito Santo - Loulé

INFORMAL PRESENTATION / PUBLIC MOMENT
Place, date and time to be defined

When we learn our mother language, we build a matrix that stays with us forever, helping us structure our thought and the way we express ourselves with the world surrounding us.

A new language thus represents a new place; it’s an opportunity to question everything. New sounds and new emotions from other languages and other cultures force us to relearn to listen. That is why to learn a new language is to enlarge our ability to see the world.

Using the learning of a new language and all the difficulties inherent to it as a starting point, Nuno Lucas believes that, in this gesture, the inherent difficulties – the choking, the difficulty in articulating, the embarrassment, the frustration of wanting to speak without knowing, knowing what one wants to say but not how to say it, the joy of making oneself understood – all express many of the issues he wants to work on.

Eu cá, Tu lá / Me Here, You There is a play about the initiation to listening. Listening to the other, about our difficulty in expressing ourselves, but especially about the need to relearn what we thought we already knew as well.
This is the first artistic residency for the creation of this performance. Still in an early research stage, Nuno Lucas thinks about the language of the youngest, integrating the regional linguistic specificities to reflect upon its meaning on his final play.


Research and Creation: Nuno Lucas
Dramaturgy: Joris Lacoste
With: 2 performers to be defined
Production: O Rumo do Fumo
Co-production: Lu.ca – Teatro Luís de Camões, casaBranca AC – Festival Verão Azul / Cine-Teatro Louletano

Nuno Lucas was born in Portugal in 1980.
He currently lives in Paris, Lisbon and Seoul. He works as a choreographer, performer and teacher.

He started showing comedy skills at the age of 5. He studied guitar and voice at the Music Conservatory.
He premiered as a performer with choreographer Miguel Pereira at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in 2001. In 2003 João Fiadeiro invited him to conceive his first choreographic sketches at LAB10. He graduated in Economics at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2004.

As a solo performer he created I Could Write a Song (2015 – Théâtre de Vanves, France). As a collaborative artist, he created Pongo Land (2008 – Théâtre L’usine, Switzerland) and What comes up, must go up (2009 – Festival Tanz im August, Germany), with Hermann Heisig; he created Trompe le Monde (2010 – Culturgest) and Por esse Mundo Fora (2016 – Teatro Maria Matos) with Márcia Lança; and coming community (2012 – Kunstenfestivaldesarts), with Pieter Ampe, Gui Garrido & Hermann Heisig.

He presented his work in Europe, Argentina and South Korea.
As a performer he highlights his works with Miguel Pereira, Joris Lacoste, Rita Natálio, Ivana Müller, Mala Voadora and Encyclopédie de la Parole
The courses of Choreographic Research and Creation at Forum Dança and ex.e.r.ce at CCN.Montpellier, under Mathilde Monnier and Xavier le Roy’s direction, and where he held a grant from Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, were determinant to his training.
He teaches composition / performance for both adults and children in several countries, on a regular basis.
He is an artist supported by the structure O Rumo do Fumo since 2017.