On a cold day, you have to dance – or swim

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Vintage Peugeot bike with owner, a dancer from Portugal

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Downtown Brussels on a cold day – a thick woolie hat is essential.

“I am a dancer. From Portugal. I just started a new project where I am the choreographer, so I am also creating work. I am focused on that now.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Dancer in downtown Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Vintage bikes are commonplace in Belgium.

Choreography is different from dancing because you have a vision and you are more outside and not inside, in the movement. But I am inside as well. I am also dancing in the piece. It is much more difficult.  But creating is a hard job. You need to give direction and ideas and put it into practice. This is my fourth work. My previous went very well. Now I am finished touring with the previous and hope the new one goes ahead. It will start in residency soon.”

Photographer’s notes: This is what happens when you start a chat. It begins about the bike (“The bike is transport. Even when it is raining, I have my suit and I go by bicycle. The better way to go and also the cheapest.”). Then you start with why they are on the bike today (“I cycle all the time and every time. I swim normally in the morning. Today I did not swim because there were so many people in the pool. It was not possible. But I normally swim every day. I am a dancer. For me swimming is a benefit to my body. Working my articulation, my muscles. I love to swim. I do mostly 2,500m per day.”). And then you start talking about them and their interests….

If you are interested in more information about the dance piece, you can contact this e-mail: info@marrafa.com

Or the website marrafa.com

One of the Marrafa dances is here…

HOME (trailer) from Luis Marrafa on Vimeo.


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