Wild Explosion of Radical Softness

Maria Ferreira Silva

© Maria Ferreira Silva

Wild Explosion of Radical Softness is a solo performance that points toward the collective. It invites a collective memory to resonate through the force of a singular body, to explore the concepts of formation, transformation, explosion, and non-linear time through a game of foreground and background. It’s a dance of ghosts and drag anchored in artistic research on plasticity. It thinks from a body that values its agency and carries forward the potential of simultaneously sculpting and being sculpted by the space engaging with history and the cosmos.

Public presentation

Thursday 13 June, 7pm

at CCN¹

— Free with reservation

Chorégraphie et performance Maria Ferreira Silva ∎ Dramaturgie Martin Hargreaves ∎ Création lumière Elke Verachtert ∎ Conception sonore Yamila Rios ∎ Regard extérieur Fabián Barba ∎ Production Caravan Production
Maria Ferreira Silva
is an interdisciplinary dance artist, born in Lisbon, based in Brussels, which started her artistic journey at the age of six performing at the local auditorium in the suburbs of Lisbon. She holds a dance degree from the National Conservatory of Lisbon (2006) and P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) 2010, with the support of a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In June 2022 she concluded de New Performative Practices MA program at the Stockholm University of the Arts. As a maker, she co-created the duet Light as a Feather, Green as an Apple (2010/2012) with the dancer/choreographer Veli Lehtoaara with the support of P.A.R.T.S. and coproduction by Zodiak - Center for new dance (FIN) and Theater Malpertuis - Tiel (BE). In 2021 she led an artistic research project that investigates the concept of Plasticity in relation to the performative and the choreographic with support from the Federation Wallonie Bruxelles and Charleroi Danse (2020/2022). As a performer, she has worked with Willi Dorner, Daniel Linehan, Georgia Vardarou, Radouan Mriziga, Marco Torrice, Anneleen Keppens, Renan Martins de Oliveira, Maud le Pladec, Benjamin Vandewalle, Trajal Harrell, amongst others. In her teaching practice, she is as a guest teacher for contemporary dance and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp since 2016 and at Stockholm University of the Arts since 2023. Currently, she is developing her choreographic work and performing in Studio Cité by Benjamin Wandewalle, Twenty-Seven Perspectives by Maud le Pladec, The Köln concert, Monkey off my back or the Cat’s Meow, The House of Bernarda Alba, and The Romeo by Trajal Harrel/Schauspielhaus Zurich for whom she also works as a rehearsal director. Maria defines her artistic practice as porous container that offers space to a vibrant ecosystem to emerge in which different practices, roles, and contexts, nurture and feed-forward her engagement with the dance field. 


  • Public presentation

    thursday 13 june 2024

    Wild Explosion of Radical Softness de Maria Ferreira Silva