PAULO DUARTE

SELFPORTRAIT

As I was born beside the sea the horizon is important to me. Despite being lured by the waves I never learnt how to swim.
Drawing was my first challenge…the notion of art came to me as a teenager. The Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto provided huge potential in terms of expression. After my degree and a stint in national education seeking new experiences, I went to the Ecole Supérieure des Arts de la Marionnette in Charleville-Mézières.

Travelling and relocating have fuelled and continue to fuel my imagination and encounters.
I founded a company with a friend. Leaving after several years I joined another, also as co-artistic director.

Then I founded MECANIkA.  

​Its aim is to blend genres, seeking a personal theatrical production to interpret my view.  The journey is a continuous process, from plastic arts to performing arts, without any hierarchy, avoiding obstacles and navigating multi-disciplinarity.  

The link that I see between the manipulated body and the manipulating body is based on perpetual appearance and disappearance, back and forth between presence and absence, between ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ images, substance and apparition. The distinctive dramatic architecture that stems from these junctions is bound by chosen themes, often recurring, such as the fragility of reality and relativity of meanings, as well as through the various mediums/types of images.

My progression, whether in my personal activities, collaborating with other artists, or in teaching, is part of a reflection on how the modus operandi of the creation. Each project/experience seeks the right balance between the constituent components; each collaborative mode aims to find its meaning, by articulating desire and skills, thereby enhancing capacity for artistic development...The fluid boundaries of the various forms of expression serve the freedom to experiment extending from contemporary art to dance, theatre, circus and sound, to new technologies...

PAULO DUARTE

ON (A FEW) DATES 

1971

Born in Ovar

1974

Œillets's Revolution

1986

Move to Porto

1988-93

Degree in painting at the Beaux-Arts of Porto

1996

Collective exhibition Miopias (sculpture and installation) - Casa da Companhia, Porto

1995-96

Co-scenographer for  EntreTanto teatro's plays, Porto

1995

Painting and engraving exhibition and trypticTriades - 

Gesto Coop Culturel / Labirintho Galeria in Porto

1996-99

Degree of the ESNAM

of Charleville-Mézières

4th promo –  special mention from the jury

1994-96

Plastic arts teacher and independent artist 

2000

Exhibition Mal’Aberta (drawing and installation) - Galeria OM Penafiel

2002

Creation of the show A Hora do Diabo L’Heure du Diable

1998

Exhibition Traces de Voyage (painting and installation) Galerie d’art IIM – Charleville-Mézières

1999

Co-founder,  with David Girondin Moab, of the  company Pseudonymo

2000

Move to Barcelona 

(collaboration withJoan Baixas)

2002

Move to Paris

2004

Creation of the show Subbruli 

with Don Verboven and Uta Gebert

2004

Retour à Barcelone

2005

Directon of I’m Not Always the Same with David Girondin Moab, and the students of 4h year,, AMK – Taideakatemia Turku, Finland

2006

Direction of Data de Caducitat with the students 3rd  year (option gesture and objects), Institut del Teatre de Barcelona

2006

Live  Pseudonymo

2003

Création du spectacle Deep News 

2006

Creation of the show Écumes with Nuria Legarda

2007

Move to Rennes

Codirection with Renaud Herbin and Julika Mayer of the  company LàOù/marionnette contemporaine

2008

Creation of the show Alminhas

Petites Âmes

2011

End of LàOù

2010

Installation En plis avec Morgan Daguenet et Nicolas Lelièvre - Galerie du Triangle, Rennes

2011

Creation of the show PLUG

2012

Interactive installation  Paysage construit with Morgan Daguenet, Champs Libres, Rennes

2012

Founder of MECANIkA

2013

Creation of the young audience show La Queue de Monsieur Kat with Fabien Bossard and Morgan Daguenet

2017

Final creation of the NOVO project

stage form with NOVO – La nuit

2015

Move to Montpellier

2016

First step of  NOVO projet, installation

2019

Creation of the show ANDERE with Mila Dargies

2015-Today

Regular external lecturer for the Master's degree in creation and research in theatre studies at the University Paul Valery, Montpellier 3

2019

Direction of Happy Birthday 30/30 with the students of the Ballet Teatro school (dance and theatre) in Porto

2020

Creation of the show

Pour bien dormir 

 

Contacts

MECANIkA
16, Rue de Braine
34070 Montpellier / FRANCE
 

info@mecanika.net

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