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Tuesday: All that is solid melts into air 

Artist: Cláudia Dias
Country: Portugal
Genre: Dance / Performance
Year of Creation:

In Tuesday: All that is solid melts into air – a line from The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx – the Portuguese choreographer uses a piece of string as point of departure in creating a live animation which reminds us that the refugee crisis is far from over. In a day and age when front lines, walls and rows of refugees literally mark out the ‘own’ territory, and radical expression is part and parcel of everyday discourse, Dias throws out a line to connection and context.

Like many others of my generation, as I child I was fascinated by Vasco Granja’s TV show, enchanted by the worlds he created with plasticine, cardboard, or a single line. Thirty-some years later, I evoke that world, namely the work of Osvaldo Cavandoli, for this second installment of the Seven Years Seven Pieces project.

Knowing that a line is the shortest distance between two points, Luca Bellezze and I have chosen this as the starting point for our live cartoon, made with a piece of string. Frame by frame, we build a visual and aural narrative that portrays, in a synthetic fashion, particular aspects of contemporary reality.

At a time when dividing lines, borders, barriers, front lines of conflict, queues and the drama of refugees standing in line to be identified, lines demarcating national waters, and the hard lines of the radical factions of political and religious organizations are the order of the day, we intend to work on a unifying line, able to hold together things that are separate.
- Cláudia Dias


Concept, playwright and director:
Cláudia Dias

Guest artist
Luca Bellezze

Cláudia Dias
Luca Bellezz

Critical Eye
Jorge Louraço Figueira


Set and Light design
Thomas Walgrave

Bruno Canas

Alkantara (Lisbon - PT)

Something Great (Berlin - DE)

Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon - PT)
Teatro Municipal do Porto (Porto - PT) 

Artistic residencies
Teatro Municipal do Porto (PT)
O Espaço do Tempo (PT)
Centro Cultural Juvenil de Santo Amaro – Casa Amarela (PT).

Ângelo Alves
Anselmo Dias
Ilda Figueiredo
José Goulão
Jorge Cadima
Paulo Costa

The project Seven Years, Seven Pieces is supported by Câmara Municipal de Almada

Alkantara – Associação Cultural is funded by República Portuguesa | Cultura / Direcção-Geral das Artes
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa