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06 June
Sílvia Pinto Coelho with Lília Mestre & Mark Tompkins, Vera Mantero, Jeroen Peeters, Mariana Tengner Barros and João Bento

The Procrastination Marathon 

Performing Arts

Hosts: Sílvia Pinto Coelho with Lília Mestre, Mark Tompkins, Vera Mantero, Jeroen Peeters, Mariana Tengner Barros and João Bento

Accomplices: Isadora Dantas, Catarina Real, Nicolle Vieira, Andrea Brandão, Rodrigo Fonseca, Thaís de Melo, Narvin Nirvan

Production: Marta Moreira, Produções Independentes

MUHNAC: Raquel Barata

Video: João Meirinhos, with support by Rui Pilão

Website: Carla Nave

We would like to thank from the bottom of our hearts all the support and people who were involved in various stages of the Procrastination School process (forgive us for any forgetfulness): Cristina Grande, Ana Rocha, Raquel Barata, Francisco Frazão, TBA e equipa, Ricardo A. Freitas, Alípio Padilha, Tânia M. Guerreiro, Carlos Oliveira, Ana Bigotte Vieira, João dos Santos Martins, Sofia Neuparth – c.e.m., Cristina Vilhena, ICNOVA – grupo de performance e cognição, Rui Cádima, Paulo Filipe Monteiro, Isabel Barros – Balleteatro, Joana Providência – ACE Bolhão, José Laginha – CAPA, Cátia Mateus – O Rumo do Fumo, Mariana Amorim, Ana Carvalho, Alexandra Balona, Joclécio Azevedo, Elizabete Francisca, Christine De Smedt, Peter Michael Dietz, Márcia Lança, João Fiadeiro, Paula Caspão, Bojana Cvejic, Mário Afonso, grupo de leitura Escola de Procrastinação, Luís Moreira, Ana Vilela Costa, Isabel Simões, António Alvarenga, Sezen Tonguz, Rogério Nuno Costa, Marta Mendes, Carlos Godinho, Bernardo Rodrigues, Henrique Furtado, Anne Juren, Ingrid Cogne, Shannon Jackson, Lisa Nelson, Julie Perrin, Joana Braga, Liliana Coutinho, Maria do Mar de Brito Lopes, Bruno Caracol, Luciana Fina, Bartholomew Ryan, Teresa Castro, Rui Filipe Antunes, Alkantara Festival, Sinara Suzin.

Supported by: Teatro do Bairro Alto, ICNOVA, FCSH – UNL, MUHNAC – Universidade de Lisboa, O Rumo do Fumo, c.e.m.

Project co-financed by the Portuguese Government – Ministry of Culture/Direção-Geral das Artes



Persistence in inattention to an unfinished task.


The gymnastics of an instinct conquered by time spent working.

We say SCHOOL like we say CHOICE.

Putting forward the hypothesis of a school of freedom.

SCHOOL of freedom of CHOICE?

Freedom to seek alternatives to productivity, exhaustion and the captivation of time for attention to work.

There is a process rich in the invention of the unknown in the act of procrastination, of making it last. Improvisers, artists, curious and students in the field of dance and performance are invited to attend the Marathon, a durational event of improvised performance and speech that may last up to ten hours, activating a set of relational premises we call the Procrastination Score.

In 2020, during the first confinement a Reading Group was dedicated to thinking together from texts about slowing down, procrastinating, procrastinating, sabotaging, laziness, modes of production; and also, of course, about the confinements and the pandemic. At the Procrastination Marathon (in other terms), also last year, we interviewed eight improvising artists. The interviews are available on TBA’s YouTube.

Some other events from the School of Procrastination will be available soon, here:


Sílvia Pinto Coelho with the complicity of Lília Mestre and Marta Moreira.

To all colleagues, improvisers, procrastinators, meditative beings, real-time composers, friends,

we hope life is treating you well.

In the history of this event with a will to meet, what we really wanted was to gather “everybody” in a “discursive marathon”… In successive postponements, the marathon has been readjusting its contours, was made “in other terms” in 2020 and, finally, is materialised with a small team. In this team is condensed a group of people with a lot of experience in durational public events with “improvisation scores”, with a will to think about the present, and about improvisation/composition in real-time, experts in the field of choreographic thinking, improvisation of “professional procrastination”.

No, it’s not just about art, just about performance, or about dance, it’s about life. In “life”, there are creative processes that become evident when we improvise and that we put, for fun, in the “procrastination zone”. It is also about the passing of testimony between experiences, between specialities and generations, but not in a lecture, class or performance mode. It is an attempt to travel between modes, without getting too attached to expectations.


You are all missing in this team!

We invite you to be present and to participate.

We ask you to be accomplice witnesses, partners in “games” of which we all know some rules, and which we could not always discuss until the end.

In the morning we will be in an area that is more silent, more meditative. It is fundamental to talk with the trees that welcome us.

In the afternoon, a discursive game will begin, which can be as much for conversation as for performance (a day at the beach, a picnic in the park, an endless family afternoon, what events make us lose track of time?)


Procrastination scores for your visit at Jardim Botânico de Lisboa

Click here for Score 1

Click here for Score 2

Click here for Score 3

Click here for Score 4

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