La Ribot: Happy Island
Direction and choreography: La Ribot
Performers: Bárbara Matos, Joana Caetano, Maria João Pereira, Sofia Marote and Pedro Alexandre Silva Choreography assistant: Telmo Ferreira
Director of the film: Raquel Freire
Light design and technical direction: Cristóvão Cunha
Costume: La Ribot
Artistic collaboration and direction of interviews: Josep-María Martín
Interview participants: Emília Monteiro, Maria João Pereira, Bárbara Matos, José Figueira, Joana Caetano and Pedro Alexandre Silva
Music: Francesco Tristano, Jeff Mills, Archie Shepp, Oliver Mental Grouve, Atom tm, Raw C + Pharmakustik
Assistant director of the film: Valérie Mitteaux
Camera: Raquel Freire and Valérie Mitteaux Editing: Raquel Freire
Costume making: Laurence Durieux / Teresa Neves
Performers of the Company Dançando com a Diferenca of the film: Aléxis Fernandes; Bárbara Matos; Bernardo Graça; Cristina Baptista; Diogo Freitas; Filipa Vieira; Isabel Teixeira; Joana Caetano; José Figueira; Lígia Rosa; Maria João Pereira; Natércia Kuprian; Nuno Borba; Pedro Alexandre Silva; Rui João Costa; Sara Rebolo; Sofia Pires; Sofia Marote; Telmo Ferreira; Teresa Martins; Vittória Vianna
Executive producers: Henrique Amoedo Diogo Gonçalves and Paz Santa Cecilia
Company La Ribot
A Dance company based in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, which has 17 years of continuous activity working the concept of inclusive dance through the creation of artistic works that combine in the stage dancers with and without disabilities.
Under the Artistic Direction of Henrique Amoedo, precursor and mentor of this project and creator of the concept of inclusive dance, Dançando com a Diferença has conquered a relevant place in the international artistic area, presenting shows that challenge the diversity and the corporal limits of the extensive cast that makes up this company.
Challenge and audacity are strong characteristics of the work of this company, which tries to transform the social perception that exists around the disabled body and thus, contribute to the change of perception around the artistic activity generated by people with different abilities. Their work help to developing a unique aesthetic and an uncommon artistic and social atmosphere.
Dançando com a Diferença has been for the world of contemporary dance -and continues to be- a gateway into the universe of inclusive dance for the most diverse choreographers, as well as for companies that involve people with different abilities. Among the names that have collaborated with Dançando com a Diferença, stand out artists such as Henrique Rodovalho, Clara Andermatt, Paulo Ribeiro, Rui Horta, Rui Lopes Graça, Tânia Carvalho and, more recently, La Ribot with Happy Island.
If audacity is the mark of work of Dançando com a Diferença, daring is one of the attributes of Henrique Amoedo as Artistic Director, who saw in La Ribot the possibility of expanding and deepening the esthetic and artistic richness of this company.
On a trip to Madrid, in February 2017, he challenged this choreographer to develop a work for people with learning and physical disability.
This challenge attracted from the beginning to La Ribot, as a plastic artist and choreographer, who perceived in the universe of disability endless possibilities that allowed her to explore the language of dance within a bodily and intellectual universe that she had not met before.
For six months, La Ribot knew all the dynamism of a dance company that goes beyond the performative universe; a company imbued with feelings and familiarity, which offers its members a selfless altruism and, at the same time, a safe environment. This combination attracted and impelled La Ribot to explore the microcosm to which these dancers belong and, from this process of discovery and on- site knowledge, on stage sprouted a locus-amoenus capable of bringing the most intimate performance of each interpreter.
But La Ribot’s immersion in the project went far beyond choreographic work. In order to develop authentic, political and transcendental work, the adventure of Happy Island demanded a greater commitment at all levels and thus, La Ribot Cíe. decided to coproduce the show getting involved in the project with all its resources (visibility, circuit, financing, infrastructure).
Happy Island presents a completely new context for both companies, the culmination of a long work that turned out to be a journey of self-knowledge, where limits and prejudices were questioned and overcome, thanks to the artistic creation and a deeply humanistic vision about the condition of disabled persons.
Happy Island offers a new perception towards the understanding of the existence of the «Other».