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A WAVE FROM A DISTANCE by Rafael Alvarez

©Susana Paiva

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Rafael Alvarez 
Performed by: Rafael Alvarez and Noeli Kikuchi (originally performed by Yuta Ishikawa)
Technical Direction and Light Design: Nuno Patinho

Set and Costumes: Rafael Alvarez
Production and Admnistration: BODYBUILDERS | Rafael Alvarez
Financial Management: Sara Lamares

Press: Mafalda Simões

Stage Photography: Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez

Stage Video Registration and Edition: Bruno Canas / Hugo Barbosa

Graphic Design: Paulo Guerreiro

Coproduction: 23 Milhas – Ílhavo and BODYBUILDERS | Rafael Alvarez

Residency Support: Le Carreau du Temple (Paris), Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), Rimbun Dahan (Malaysia), Estúdios Vitor Córdon / CNB (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo)


Presentation Support: Carpintarias de São Lázaro (Lisboa), Citemor Festival (Coimbra), Armazém 22 / Kale (Vila Nova de Gaia Porto), Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita (Barreiro), 23 Milhas / Teatro Vista Alegre (Ílhavo), Ryogoku Bear (Tokyo), TPAM Peforming Arts Meeting 2019 (Yokohama), Wakabacho Wharf (Yokohama)


Partnerships: Superior School of Dance / Lisbon's Polytechnic Institute (Lisbon), School of Arts / Universtity of Évora (Évora), Superior School of Art and Design / Leiria's Polytechnic Institute (Caldas da Rainha), CHAIA – Center for History of Art and Artistic Research, LIGA Foundation, FIAR – Palmela, EIF (E) – Informal School of Photography

Support in Japan: Camões – Portuguese Cultural Center in Tokyo / Embassy of Portugal in Tokyo
Support for Internationalization: Gulbenkian Foundation

Project cofinanced by Portuguese Republic - Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts  (Portugal)


©Rui Morais e Castro


©Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez


©Susana Paiva

Captura de ecrã 2019-04-24, às 16.34.37.
Captura de ecrã 2019-04-24, às 16.35.00.


by Rafael Alvarez | BODYBUILDERS


On one side and the other, two bodies sail in silence for a fragile dance that is wave and tide of encounters and disagreements. Near and far, the two divers discover themselves in an invisible dialogue of memories and stories that invade our imaginary. A paper choreography drawn from an open dance of senses and dives in other readings - far and near, closer than far, east and west, on either side of the ocean, they bring to the surface a sea of illusions. And in the range of a wave they give place to the encounter (of another wave).

An initial image motivates the creation of this project, remaining invisible but present - "The Great Wave of Kanawaga", iconic work of the Japanese painter Hokusai, created in 1830 and reproduced from the mid-1870s through a series of lithographs using the traditional Japanese print technique known as ukiyo (literally, "floating world").



Tour Dates >


Preview // July 21, 2018, CITEMOR Festival, Teatro de Bolso, COIMBRA

Preview // December 8, 2018, Ryogoku BEAR, TOKYO

Japan Première // February 13 – 14, 2019, TPAM Fringe Festival, Wakabacho Wharf, YOKOHAMA

Portugal Première

4 May, 2019, Ilustração à Vista_23 Milhas – Ílhavo, Laboratório das Artes Teatro Vista Alegre, ÍLHAVO

24 May, 2019, PLANALTO - Festival das Artes, MOIMENTA da BEIRA

15 June, 2019, Auditório Municipal Augusto Cabrita, BARREIRO

4-7 September, 2019, Carpintarias de São Lázaro, LISBOA

5 October, 2019, A22 / Ginasiano, VILA NOVA DE GAIA

17-18 September, CIFCET - Cairo International Festival for Contemporary Experimental Theatre – CAIRO

August 2020, BACC - Bangkok Art and Cultural Center - BANGKOK



The WAVE Project (Portugal-Japan-France-Malaysia) directed by the choreographer Rafael Alvarez / BODYBUILDERS, gives continuity to his research and choreographic creation started in Japan in 2017. In addition to the presentations in Portugal and Japan of the solo "IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE" (2017) and the duet A WAVE FROM A DISTANCE" (2018-19), the project also includes a set of community dance activities of creation and presentation (residences, performances, laboratories and masterclasses) held in Portugal, France, Japan and Malaysia involving locally professional artists and students of artistic higher education, dancers with functional diversity, 55plus and seniors movers.


©Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez

©Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez


©Susana Paiva


©Rui Morais e Castro


©Joaquim Leal


©Susana Paiva

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