João dos Santos Martins with Ana Rita Teodoro, Clarissa Sacchelli, Daniel Pizamiglio, Filipe Pereira, Sabine Macher
Company marks the re-encounter of João dos Santos Martins with the team from Projeto Continuado (Continued Project, 2015), giving continuity to the processes of collaboration and research begun at that time and marked by relationships of labour and affection. Company invests aesthetically in the idea of dance as work, using, for this purpose, case studies that, for example, examine the systematisation of the movement of factory workers in relationship to machines, from which emerges a concept of choreography as technology or as a prosthesis. In parallel, it reflects on how certain aesthetics related to dance, with libertarian and democratic ambitions, are involved in the reduction of stress points in the body, implementing techniques of efficiency in the performance of a gesture and the use of energy, leading to the reduction of effort as an alternative to the rigid “modernity” that is ideologically “exterior” to the body.
With this in mind, Company attempts to reflect both on work and well-being, considering the way in which dance, as a canon of production of reciprocal pleasure (of the spectator, but also of the dancer) and thus difficult to identify socially as labour, interacts with its ways of doing. And while the idea of “company” invokes here an hegemonic form of structural and administrative organisation in dance, it also implies a common mode of labour: company as a fact or a condition of existence and of being with the other, as a way of providing friendship or pleasure to a group of people in a society.