AMARGA is a place of rapture, a space constituted by a robust musculature of excesses, adversities, setbacks and contrarieties. Here, the performers live from rasping intensities, not of collision nor of resilience, but of proximities with the other, shaping experiences, bending in uncertain futures and making their incompatibilities vulnerable. Like an enchantment, cut and folded by language, voice and body, the choreographic work explores parallels between attraction and tension, and moves affectively between memory, archive and power.
Jorge Gonçalves works in the performing arts as a curator, choreographer, dramaturg, producer, performer and teacher. He obtained, in 2014, the Amsterdam Master of Choreography at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, attended the Master in Artistic Performance - Dance (FMH, 2006), completed the Contemporary Dance Course at Balleteatro Escola Profissional (2005), and graduated in Engineering (FEUP, 2002). From 2009 to 2017, he co-founded and directed the performing arts programming structure, MEZZZANINE. In 2009, he was the artistic co-responsible and manager of OOPSA Associação and from 2008 to 2011, he co-founded and directed the production structure Obra Madrasta. Since 2006 he has been producing and presenting his artistic work in Portugal, Germany, Austria, Spain and Holland. Since 2003 she has collaborated and worked with several choreographers such as Anna Pehrsson, Clara Andermatt, Daniel Kok, DD Dorvillier, Dinis Machado, Elisabete Finger, Goro Tronsmo, Isabelle Schad, Keith Lim, Litó Walkey, Mathilde Monnier, Né Barros, Rebecka Stillman, Susana Otero and Ula Sickle. He has collaborated with various institutions on a national (Balleteatro, Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte, LaBInDança, Asas de Palco, MARTE, Casa da Música) and international (HZT and Tanzfabrik Berlin) level, directing workshops, and mentoring performing arts students. He has been an associate artist and coordinator of Balleteatro's educational service since 2021.