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13 - 17 November
Clara Amaral

She gave it to me I got it from her 

Performing Arts
Alkantara Festival

13 - 17 November

13, 14, 16 and 17 november
saturday and sunday
3pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm, 8pm
tuesday and wednesday
5pm, 6.30pm, 8.30pm, 10pm

In English without subtitles

2 sessions with Portuguese Sign Language on November 13th 6.30PM and November 16th 8.30PM
If you wish to purchase a ticket for one of these sessions, please reach out to us through e-mail

Performing Arts
Alkantara Festival

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Written and performed by Clara Amaral
Concept by Clara Amaral in dialogue with Karoline Swiezynski
Graphic design and co-edition Karoline Swiezynski, Ronja Andersen
Conceptualization of objects Olga Micinska in dialogue with Clara Amaral
Construction of objects Olga Micinska
Editor Kunstverein Amsterdam
Support for the production of the book Mondriaan Funds
Publication Grants
Co-production Veem House for Performance, Alkantara, Teatro do Bairro Alto
Residences Workspacebrussels , Veem House for Performance, Circular
Clara Amaral is supported by the Kunstenaar Start stipend, Mondriaan Funds (2021–2022)
Image The Book Photographer

Clara Amaral graduated from her MA at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI) in October 2020 and from the SNDO in 2013. In 2014 she was recipient of Dance Web scholarship in Vienna. Her past work Do you remember that time we were together and danced this or that dance? premiered in Julidans in 2017. This work was also presented in December 2017 in Veem House for Performance and in March 2018 in Something Raw in Frascati, Amsterdam. This work was also be presented at the Festival Temps D’Images in November 2018, in Lisbon and Festival Circular in Vila do Conde. In November 2018 she premiered In our eyes, a cascade, at the Bâtard Festival in Brussels and was also presented at the Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam and the Far° Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.

In November 2017, Clara Amaral contributed for The Publication by Galerie International with a talk addressing The Making-of of Do you remember that time we were together and danced this or that dance?

Her texts have been published in Theaterkrant- The Permeable Stage, a performative conference by Mette Ingvartsen and in Contemporary cruising- About Space Walk from Michele Rizzo with Emma Daniel & Valerio SirnaAs a performer she collaborated with Ivana Muller, Oneka von Schrader, Margaret Haines and Becket Mingwen.

Clara Amaral is an artist working with text and performance. Her artistic practice is situated in an interdisciplinary perspective, questioning what it means to be a reader, to be a writer, aiming to expand existing modes of reading and writing. Central to her practice is the investigation of innovative publishing modalities and the performative aspect of writing and language through an intersectional feminist approach.

She gave it to me I got it from her, results not only from the necessity of thinking differently about the format of books and researching a ‘hand choreography’; but also from the desire of making visible personal narratives that expand themselves into a political dimension. This work focuses also on topics of legal expression of identity and how we exist in the world (or are allowed to exist), it’s always  the embodiment of ways of thinking and writing about the world.

She gave it to me I got it from her, is part of a broader research in regards to publishing modalities and their relation with performative practices. Other works in this research are, Do you remember that time we were together and danced this or that dance? An immaterial publication that Clara Amaral wrote and knows by heart and transmits in individual sessions of 30 minutes each. is an online platform: A book of sorts. Every month an artist, writer, graphic designer or curator, who uses writing in their artistic practice, contributes a text. Throughout the month the contribution vanishes in direct relation to the number of visitors, leaving, eventually, an empty website until the next contribution is published.

She gave it to me I got it from her

A poem that choreographs her hands and voice. Her voice that reads out loud.

The book, becoming script, becoming performance, becoming archive.

The permanence of her voice in the book.

In the book, the presence and absence of their names.

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