These interviews conducted by performer and researcher Sílvia Pinto Coelho focus on the role that procrastination can have on creative processes. Slowing down creation and research can be a way of recognizing that the act of delaying, of making things last, can lead to a fertile process of inventing the unknown. Improvisors and artists from the fields of dance and performance talk about their methodologies and ideas in this reformed version of Procrastination Marathon.
Vera Mantero was part of a number of projects that started happening in the aftermath of Contact Improvision, in the European dance scene of the 1990s. “What was present in those moments, when I was participating in those projects like Crash Landing, etc, was an amazing feeling, before beginning, of facing an abysm. (…) And this is because you are about to start something, and you have no idea what it will be. That is a crazy thought! I loved that!” (VM).
Peter Michael Dietz mentions that one of the names he came up with for a course was “Impossible Dance”. To this, someone commented, “But if it is impossible, then it can’t be done, right?”. “That’s a way of seeing, yes! But one can also try, no? Yes, dance can be impossible! At first, yes!”. (PMD)
interviews conducted by Sílvia Pinto Coelho with Vera Mantero and Peter Michael Dietz
video and sound recorded by Sara Morais
video edited by Sara Morais e Pedro Gancho
produced by ORG.I.A.
executive producer Marta Moreira
coproduced Teatro do Bairro Alto
support by ICNOVA, FCSH