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UN TSUGI 雲継ぎ                                              PT /  FR

photo book by Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez


Printed on Classic Demimatt Couché Matte 170gr Paper

Milled and glued cover, Soft Touch 300gr finish

Dimension 148 x 210 mm (A5)

79 pages

49 color and black and white photographs

1st edition / 100 copies

Edition year 2021

Included original photograph signed by the author

The book UN TSUGI by Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez proposes a free and non-linear dialogue, sometimes poetic, symbolic, abstract or simply visual, driven by the choreographic proposal of the creation process of UN TSUGI dance piece by the choreographer Rafael Alvarez | BODYBUILDERS & Plural_Dance Company, comprising six performers with and without disabilities/functional diversity.


The photographic images propose a visual dramaturgy parallel to the choreographic and scenographic device of this contemporary and inclusive dance performance, establishing in an autonomous way a visual relationship, sometimes symbolic, creating analogies between body images and between fragments and textures of elements of nature , which, together with the images of movement, carry a fragile, ephemeral and volatile dimension.


The ancient and traditional Japanese ‘kintsugi’ technique, which consists of repairing and connecting broken ceramic pieces using a golden alloy, inspires the origin and title of this project. The bodies that are summoned through the TSUGI project (Japanese: repair, connect, unite), are bodies of resilience, resistance and action, they are bodies of connection. The challenge was to try to ensure that the images and the book did not lose the ephemeral, sensitive, poetic and sometimes unspeakable nature that Dance offers us and that these tree-bodies make us see through their singularity and plurality.


title UN TSUGI / author Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez

design Rafael Alvarez / cover design Paulo Guerreiro

edition BODYBUILDERS / editing support Susana Paiva


financial support for creation and editing

Portuguese Republic - Culture / DGARTES


All rights reserved

© Elisabeth Vieira Alvarez | BODYBUILDERS


TSUGI is a multidisciplinary project (dance and photography), inclusive and intergenerational, promoted by BODYBUILDERS | Rafael Alvarez between November 2020 and April 2022, involving respectively interpreters with and without disabilities/functional diversity, recent graduates in dance and other guest artists; over 55 and seniors, with presentations in Lisbon, Ílhavo and Paris. TSUGI focuses on the creation and presentation of the UN TSUGI and FŪ TSUGI shows, deepening and continuing the artistic research and creation developed by the choreographer Rafael Alvarez around Japan since 2017. TSUGI focuses on the creation and presentation of the UN TSUGI and shows FŪ TSUGI, also integrating the edition of 2 photography books that accompany the choreographic creation processes.


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PVP | 18 euros

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Librairie MAP - Maison Européenne de la Photographie

[5-7, Rue de Forcy, 75004 Paris]

Librairie Le Phénix

[72, Bd. de Sébastopol, 75003 Paris]

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