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Performance Repertório N.3 [Repertoire N.3], by Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira during the 35ª Bienal de São Paulo © Photo 1:  Levi Fanan / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo / Photo 2 and 3: Fe Avilla 

Repertoire N.3

In 2018, Davi Pontes & Wallace Ferreira joined forces to create a trilogy of choreographies centered on self-defense against physical, imaginary, and epistemological violence. "Repertório n.3" serves as the final installment of this trilogy, debuting in December 2023 at the 35th São Paulo Biennial.

The "Repertório" trilogy aims to break down the concept of generalized violence and aims to introduce new perspectives on understanding and portraying the experiences of marginalized groups. Drawing from postcolonial, gender, and race studies, this research challenges violence and strives to eradicate it.

Throughout this trilogy, Wallace and Ferreira explore how a body and its experiences develop the ability to defend themselves. How can violence be portrayed without endorsing it? By bringing this choreographic repertoire of self-defense to life, Davi Pontes and Wallace Ferreira aim to stimulate thought and provoke discussion through physical expression, offering various strategies of resistance: a resilient and impactful method of existing in the world by inspiring imaginative possibilities.

Davi Pontes is an artist, choreographer, and researcher working at the intersection of visual arts and choreography. He studied art at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and at the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo in Porto, Portugal. Since 2016, Pontes has showcased his works internationally in art galleries and performing arts festivals. In 2022, alongside Wallace Ferreira, he received the Young Choreographers’ Award [8:tension] at the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. His practice delves into the connections between choreography, racial identity, and self-defense, aiming to engage audiences critically by encouraging reflection on historical narratives.

Wallace Ferreira is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in dance and visual arts. They studied at the Escola Livre de Artes da Maré (ELÃ) and the Artes Visuais do Parque Lage in Brazil. In 2022, alongside Davi Pontes, Ferreira received the Young Choreographers’ Award [8:tension] at the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. Their works have been presented internationally in art galleries and performing arts festivals. Ferreira's creations defy conventions and explore the intersections of movement, performance, voguing, and visual imagery.


Concept and performance
Davi Pontes, Wallace Ferreira 

Work commissioned by
35th São Paulo Biennial - Coreographies of the Impossible 

Davi Pontes & Wallace Ferreira

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