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OLOKUM, is a project created by Eva Azevedo, who intends to rummage in a historical, cultural and social past between Portugal, her country, Benin and Brazil.

Supported  pelo programa Dança - Internacionalização - individual(2017) da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, it intends to involve dancers and musicians from different countries in the creation of shows, formations and reflections on the theme of Interculturality.

OLOKUM emerged from the invitation of Vicent Harisdo to participate in his "Une autre façon de découvrir la danse 2018" festival in Benin and the Brazilian choreographers and dancers Roges Doglas Marinho and Cláudia Nwabasili from the company "Cia Pé no MunDo" in São Paulo.


In this show, under the artistic direction of Vincent Harisdo and Vanessa Fernandes, and with original music by Paulo das Cavernas, he intends to present a solo work with video projection, where a settler faces inland and exterior storms, in a confrontation with orixá Olokum at the bottom of the sea, transforming his vision on Portuguese Colonization and Interculturality.


DIMENSÃO is a research and artistic recreation project created by Eva Azevedo (Portugal) and Guillaume Niedjo (Benin), which aims to rummage through a historical, cultural and social past between Portugal, Benin and Brazil.

The project arose from the doctoral research in dance, developed by Eva Azevedo, at the Faculty of Human Motricity of the University of Lisbon, where she intends to continue her work as a researcher in dance on the west coast of Africa, in a historical and cultural context involving Portugal, sensitizing the public to a new way of thinking about colonialism and interculturality.


Show resulting from a research and creation laboratory, in February 2019, in Benin, with Guillaume Niedjo and Eva Azevedo and the Brazilian dancers of the Group Ewe, at CDAC Elijah, Benin. It was presented at Ciné Vogue, the MAIDA Festival 2019 and the French Institute in Cotonou, Benin.

This project was supported by the city of S.Paulo, the Municipal Chamber of Ouidah, the French Institute of Cotonou, Compagnie Walô, Compagnie Richard Adosou/ Association Rich ́Culture and CDAC – Centre de Développement Artistique et Culturel, Elijah in Benin.


"AFFÔTÈ" ("step" in the Fon language of Benin).

Affôtè - which way does the Beinian dancer perform a Vodum ceremony for an artistic creation?

Choreographer, dancer and artistic director - Guillaume Niedjo
Dancer and producer - Eva Azevedo
Support - GDA- Management of artists' rights ("Support for the circulation of shows 2020")

Performances: Carrefour Jeunesse in Comè, Espaço Vert de Casimir Deffodji in Savalou, Centro Culturel Akanga in Porto-Novo, Inmaac of the Université d'Abomey-Calavi, in January and February 2021

During a field investigation, in 2020 and 2021, with observation and direct participation in Vodum ceremonies and in laboratories of creation and artistic training, create the show "AFFÔTÈ" (which path can one take to achieve the goal?). What is the process of creating a dancer initiated in Vodum during a creation and an artistic creation? Where does a truth call end as an experience of a culture and where does the fantasy of recreating the experience begin? What are the processes that allow the dancer to build/deconstruct a body configuration in a performance?


The project "Farisogo Sira - The Way of the Body in African Dance" was born in 2009 from a work of research, creation and training realized in Burkina Faso. Through observation of the nature of movements. The African Dance is in the body, allowing you to recognize the 5 elements of nature - earth, fire, water, air and space. This work refers to Gabrielle Roth's "Motion 5 Rythms".

Based on this Project, Eva Azevedo created three shows: "Busca", a solo show presented in 2014 at the Campo Alegre Theater in Oporto; "Recherche", an artistic creation, supported by GDA, in partnership with Compagnie Fongnon Koura, presented at the Festival In Out Danse 2016 in Burkina Faso; and "Metamorphosis," a second solo show presented at the Bolomakoté Festival in 2017, in Burkina Faso, Oporto, Casa da Música, Blues Festival and Armazém 22 at the event "Interculturalidade em Movimento".


The soil "Metamorphosis" was started in the course "Exploring Movements II", directed by Cristina Rosa Vellardo, presented at the Work Shows in Progress in the Space Agora, in Madrid, in June 2016.

"Metamorphosis" is a change in the form and physical structure of the body, but also a change of personality, way of thinking, appearance and character.

In this soil, the body dances metamorphoses resulting from the reaction to changes in nature (earth, water, fire and air), changes in life (age, maternity, ..), of the place, of the surroundings, ... arriving at a free space, where the heart is able to express in a simple way the rhythm imposed by the master drum.

A conductor who keeps the memories of traditions and rituals, with a sound capable of awakening sensations that are forgotten.


The "Recherche" Show brings with it the research and individual discovery that we make on our personal and professional path with the African Dance, obtaining, in this context, fundamental elements to continue the Farisogo Sira project.

The stage of elaboration of the spectacle comes from an intensive formation, which provides the dancers with essential tools so that, through an individual vision, they can present movements that correspond to the original idea of the project - the way of the body.

The first show was created in 2009 with the students of the Ginasiano Professional Dance School, in Vila Nova Gaia, under the Gaia Capital of Culture. The same performance followed for Bobodioulasso in Burkina Faso in February 2015 and, following the intensive training with dancers and musicians from the Compagnie Fongnon Koura of the Bolo'Arts Association, was presented at the In-Out Danse Festival organized by the Company La Cie Tamadia.


It began as a search for the 5 elements of nature in the African Dance, transforming itself into an inner search of the body itself - an introspection in the memories, traditions, customs and influences of Portuguese culture and arriving at a new way of fusion of languages, personalities, movements characteristic of African culture.

"Procuro (I seek)" ... My hands look for what the Earth has to tell me. Who am I? What is the dance for me? What does the dance have to say to me? “Procuro" the dance is a release of the emotions, through the Whole that is our body ".


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