Project Silence (2020/2022) 2023-08-22T11:06:51+00:00

Project Description


After a long period of intense artistic production in the previous years, Project Silence emerged in 2020 as an urgent need to stop and reflect on research in action in the area of movement/dance.
It is, at the same time, a sharing space that materializes a place of non-reaction, of voluntary, sensitive and conscious action.
The search and meeting with a certain measure of effort turn this project the culmination of an investigation already developed in other creations and in Marina Nabais’ Master’s thesis in Theatre of Movement, and that is redefined through a new journey and a new question.
This project does not pretend to be one more show; it is, rather, a call for suspension, an experience of the state of unpredictability in which real-time composition and meditation come together.
The dramaturgy is given by a point of view, which is social and political, of silence as a dynamic stop in these days when acceleration is the watchword.
Its materialization began curiously in February 2020 and will continue in the coming years in the form of research, sharing and performance meetings, joining professionals from the performing arts (national and international), professionals from other arts and non-professionals, answering, together, the question: what movement is there in immobility and what dynamism is there in the stop?

The project Silence is subdivided in 4 actions: the choreographic conference Silence Space Movement, the performance Body Space Light, the performance Tuning Silence and the video installations Excerpts from Tuning Silence.

Artistic and choreographic direction, performance and research Marina Nabais
Choreography, performance and research | international partnership BARINAMO / Bari Kim and Namo Joo
Scenic space Sara Franqueira
Light design Miguel Cruz
Photography Inês Galvão Teles
Documentary  Eva Ventura Ângelo
Consulting and community support Joana Mealha
Production Marina Nabais Dança, associação cultural

Support Alkantara, BARINAMO project, Câmara Municipal de Almada, Convento dos Capuchos, Eira Teatro da Voz, Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista, Ponto de Encontro

Teatro da Voz (Lisbon)- Workshop Fluid Body with Bari Kim and Namo Joo – 17 to 21 February 2020
Ponto de Encontro (Almada)-Performance Fluid Body with Bari Kim, Marina Nabais and Namo Joo – February 22, 2020
Residency Seoul Dance Center Poetree, South Korea, Garganta de La Olla, Spain and Polo Cultural Gaivotas, Portugal (online) – November 09 to 14, 2020
Centro de Experimentação Artística do Vale da Amoreira (Moita) – Silence Workshop (training with senior public) June 16, 2021
Center for Artistic Experimentation of Vale da Amoreira (Moita) – Silence Workshop (training with the educational community) – June 17, 2021
Convento dos Capuchos (Almada) – Silence Workshop (training with senior public made with members of the Drama Course of Dom Sancho I University) – November 17, 2021
Convento dos Capuchos (Almada) – Silence Workshop (training with the educational community) – November 12, 2021 (integrated in the Almada Theatre Exhibition)


This choreographic conference pretends to play a role of observation of choreographic processes.

How can one think of the movement, how does one start the creation of a performance?
This artistic object emerges with the need to stop, to create from a more contemplative place, trying to understand the matter of movement itself and it is presented with small chapters in which the body inhabits the place of reflection, always in a reflection-action exchange.

Silence Space Movement is a performance with discourses in parallel: body discourses, mind discourses and plastic discourses, that complement, converge, diverge, dissociate, associate and silence.
It is proposed a solo experience of feeling and thinking, giving clues for the development of inner movement techniques.

Conception, artistic direction, texts, interpretation and image Marina Nabais
Sound design João Ferro Martins
Costumes Marina Nabais with the collaboration of Modistas de Lisboa
Operation / technical assistance Mila Cardoso
Photography Inês Galvão Teles
Graphic Design André Ferreira

Support Biblioteca de Marvila, Câmara Municipal de Almada, Centro de Experimentação Artística – CEA, Convento dos Capuchos, Fundação Oriente, Polo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista and Teatro da Garagem

Duration 45min
Target Audience over eight years

Photo © Marina Nabais

Orient Museum (Lisbon) – Performance with Marina Nabais and video from Eva Ventura Ângelo – April 23, 2021
Vale da Amoreira Artistic Experimentation Center (Moita) – Performance with Marina Nabais and video from Eva Ventura Ângelo – June 18, 2021
Ponto de Encontro (Almada) – Performance with Marina Nabais and video from Eva Ventura Ângelo – November 20, 2021 (part of Almada’s Theatre Festival)


Performance for movement and light.

Body Space Light emerges from the improvised meeting on stage between two people who communicate with each other: one through the Body; the other through the Light.
The Space, created by silence, is the basis for a mutual understanding that can only be reached by actively listening to the other.
Without an established theme or any previous orientation, the moments that emerge are, for that very reason, unrepeatable.
Body Space Light is a performance that only requires the availability of both artists and audience to observe and experience the uniqueness of the moment, materialized by the body and by the light in movement.

The exploration phase of Body Space Light began in 2021, as part of Marina Nabais’ Project Silence (2020).
In 2022, it is expected to consolidate the work started with Body Space Light, creating an opportunity for the development of the research and experimentation process.
Although the process started in 2021, with a single presentation in the Marvila Municipal Library, its embryonic stage prevented the project from being disseminated and presented to the public in other contexts. Thus, the necessary space will be given so that Body Space Light can be in depth.
Body Space Light will be presented in 2022 during the Mostra de Teatro de Almada, at Fórum Romeu Correia, on the 15th and 16th November, at 21h30.

Co-creation Marina Nabais and Miguel Cruz
Performance, movement and costumes Marina Nabais
Light performance Miguel Cruz
Video recording Eva Ventura Ângelo
Executive production Marina Nabais Dança, Associação Cultural
Cultural Consulting Sara Santana

Duration 50min
Target Audience over six years

Biblioteca de Marvila (Lisbon) – Performance with Marina Nabais and light designer Miguel Cruz – May 08, 2021


Bari Kim and Namo Joo invited Marina Nabais for an improvisation performance, after her workshop FLUID BODY.
Each one in solo, in an investigation that is part of the project Silence, this performance presents itself as a space for listening and questioning the place of the performer and the audience.

Performers Bari Kim, Namo Joo and Marina Nabais
Support Câmara Municipal de Almada, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa/Polo Cultural das Gaivotas, Ponto de Encontro, Cacilhas, Teatro da Voz/Eira

Duration 60min (followed by a talk with the audience)
Target Audience over eight years


3 video installations of some investigations-performances already developed.

Fluid Body | 12 min | performance 3 improvisation solos, based on BARINAMO’s February workshop. Presented at Ponto de Encontro on February 22nd. With Bari Kim, Marina Nabais and Namo Joo and directed by Eva Ventura Ângelo.

Mycelium | 30 min | solos in confinement – based on the online class period, the Lab participants made short video-dances in their homes. With Carolin Hempel, Filipa Fernandes, Filipa Leite, Inês Galvão Teles, Joana Mealha, Margarida Figueiredo, Nádia Nogueira, Olívia Sousa Correia, Susana Mourão, Tilda Nascimento.

Poetree | 15 min | videos developed from an international online art residency, presented at the Seoul Dance Center, organized by Bari kim (KOR) and Namo Joo (KOR), with the presence of these artists, Vio Leta, and Marina Nabais, recorded by Tiago Melo Bento.

Direction and final edition Marina Nabais
Support Almada City Hall, Capuchos Convent

Duration 60min
Target Audience over eight years

Convento dos Capuchos (Almada) – November 21, 2020 (integrated in the Almada Theatre Exhibition)
Convento dos Capuchos (Almada) – Video-installation – 05 and 06 February 2021