CARCAÇA Marco da Silva Ferreira

Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre

Big Pulse Dance Alliance Co-Production | Irish Premiere


A rapturous and rebellious confrontation where tradition and contemporary collide

© José Caldeira
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Tue 21—Wed 22 May 2024

In his new work, Marco da Silva Ferreira wanders between past and present, folklore and urban culture to create a colourful and vibrant exploration of identity.

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€15 – €42 (concession rates available)


Abbey Theatre, on the Abbey stage

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How long?

75 mins (no interval)

This performance contains partial nudity and includes English subtitles.


Tue 21 May

Wed 22 May

From the show

© Valislav Velislav
© Valislav Velislav
© Mercat des Flors
© Mercat des Flors
© José Caldeira
© José Caldeira
© José Caldeira
© José Caldeira


"This performance is oozing with generosity, the generosity of the choreographer, musicians and dancers."


"Heart-conquering hip-hop and folklore come together in a revolutionary indictment."


A cast of 10 performers form a dynamic and joyful ensemble, their complex and percussive footwork mixing with live music to create a unique soundtrack. Taking street dance, hip-hop battles and club culture as their base, they dismantle traditional European folk dances, reconstructing them through a contemporary lens. They reclaim these dances that are frozen in time, resistant to change, and which have disregarded the influence of new perspectives or minority communities.

Da Silva Ferreira blends these diverse dance styles to explore communal identity, memory and our relationship with the past to ask: what do we want to preserve; what do we want to transform; and what do we want to forget?

Starting with simple jumps that later give way to energetic, rebellious and carnivalesque movement, the choreography accelerates, urging us towards resilience, togetherness and true equality.


  • Artistic Direction and Choreography Marco da Silva Ferreira
  • Artistic Assistance Catarina Miranda
  • Performers André Garcia, Fábio Krayze, Catarina Otto Reuss, Marc Oliveras Casas, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Maria Antunes, Eríc Santos, Mélanie Ferreira, Nelson Teunis, Nala Revlon
  • Lighting Design Cárin Geada
  • Technical Direction Luísa Osório
  • Sound João Monteiro
  • Music João Pais Filipe (percussionist) and Luís Pestana (eletronic musician)
  • Costumes Aleksandar Protic
  • Scenography Emanuel Santos
  • Anthropological Studies Teresa Fradique
  • Folklore Dances Joana Lopes
  • Production Direction Mafalda Bastos
  • Production Mafalda Bastos, Joana Costa Santos
  • Production Structure Pensamento Avulso
  • Diffusion ART HAPPENS

Co-production: Teatro Municipal do Porto; Centro Cultural de Belém; Big Pulse Dance Alliance, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), Julidans (The Netherlands), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland) and ONE Dance Week (Bulgaria), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union; Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie; La briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne; Maison des arts de Créteil; KLAP- Maison pour la danse; CCN-Ballet National de Marseille; Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie - Bruxelles; December Dance (Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge); La rose des vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq; TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai

Support: República Portuguesa – Cultura, DGARTES – Direção Geral das Artes

Artistic Residencies: A Oficina (Guimarães), Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-novo), Teatro Municipal do Porto

  • Abbey Theatre 2024
  • Big Pulse Dance Alliance
  • Creative Europe

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