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Maratona de Procrastinação (noutros termos): Episode #4 – Christine De Smedt + Mark Tompkins


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.

Christine de Smedt, one of the protagonists of Crash Landing with Meg Stuart and David Hernandez in the 1990’s, joins us for a current reflection about the contradictory feelings she has about the various types of improvisation. “In improvisation we also organize distraction, joining people, or joining the things that we still don’t understand in order to catapult us to another level. (…) I think that, in this sense, improvisation also holds a profound element of transformation.” (CS).

Mark Tompkins states that “procrastinating can be very positive, as long as we don’t allow ourselves to slip into ‘on hold’ mode. Procrastinating can simply be – ‘Well, I like where I am, why should I go around doing crazy things if I feel fine right here? Or, when I am running, why should I stop there only because it seems as if I should? That is my idea of procrastinating. And in life I am quite the procrastinator, but not in the good sense.” (MT)



interviews conducted by Sílvia Pinto Coelho with Christine De Smedt and Mark Tompkins
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

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