Step Forward

Academia de Artes do Estoril
23 February 21H00
24 February 19H00

Sem um nós não pode haver voz

Teatro Municipal da Covilhã
20 January 21H30

Sem um nós não pode haver voz

Convento São Francisco, Coimbra
15 December 21H30

Ceci n’est pas un film

Teatro Stephens, Marinha Grande
27 October

Ceci n’est pas un film

Cine-Teatro Avenida, Castelo Branco
29 September

Sem um nós não pode haver voz

FIDANC 2023, Teatro Garcia de Resende, Évora
23 September 21H30

Choreographic Workshop with Mark Tompkins

Academia de Artes do Estoril
24 - 28 July

Re-en-cantos de Mateus

Fundação Casa de Mateus, Vila Real
1 July 10H30 / 17H30
2 July 10H30 / 17H30

Sem um nós não pode haver voz

Academia de Artes do Estoril
26, 27 May 21H30
28 May 16H00

Step Forward
Academia de Artes do Estoril
23 February 21H00
24 February 19H00

Step Forward is a three-part body of work that, through time, is inscribed in Paulo Ribeiro’s choreographic language. A programme made up of two emblematic works performed by Ballet Gulbenkian – Encantados de Servi-lo, created in 1991 (originally choreographed for and premiered by the Nederlands Dans Theater company) and Comédia Off, in 1996 -, which form part of the initial period of his authorial identity, and Summer’s Almost Gone, a new creation drawn from the choreographer’s relationship with the Cascais seafront promenade and which celebrates this landscape as an affective memory that extends to the present.

Encantados de Servi-lo seeks to express itself as a lyrical and dense sculpture of bodies that, through a vigorous and virtuosic vocabulary, confront, test and embrace each other, like a throbbing heartbeat.

Comédia Off is a piece of humour that follows the impulses of the genesis of the gesture and explores the silliness and the clichés of musical comedy. A decomposition of movement that plays with the interstices of what ‘show off’ means in order to turn it into ‘show in’.

Based on observations of everyday life by the choreographer and the six performers, Summer’s Almost Gone forms a light, fluttering and playful gaze at the dynamics of the sea wall that runs along the line between São João do Estoril and Cascais. A place of cosmopolitan gestures where winter can rarely be separated from summer.

Three pieces that focus on the possibilities of the body and also on its relationship with space, forging an apparent chaos where so many movements and emotions appear in continuity and from which, in the end, beauty blossoms.

Aprox. Duration
70 min

Age rating


Paulo Ribeiro

Assistency to re-stage of Encantados de Servi-lo and Comédia Off
Inês Jacques

Afonso Cunha
Diogo M. Santos
Liliana Oliveira
Maria Martinho
Mariana Vasconcelos,
Rita Ferreira

Costume design
José António Tenente

Light design
João Rodrigues

Encantados de Servi-lo Luís Cília: Encantados de Servi-lo, Pt. 1 ; Encantados de Servi-lo, Pt. 2; Encantados de Servi-lo, Pt. 3
Comédia Off João Lucas
Summer’s Almost Gone Cartola: Sim; Supertramp: School, Goodbye Stranger; The Doors: The Crystal Ship, Not to Touch the Earth, Summer’s Almost Gone

Photography and video
Joaquim Leal

General coordination
Pedro Jordão

Patrícia Cuan

Companhia Paulo Ribeiro

Câmara Municipal de Cascais/Fundação Dom Luís I, Fundação “la Caixa”/BPI

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