Creation: Telmo Branco
Performance: Rachael Mauney and Telmo Branco
Sound and light design: Marcelo Schmittner
Photography: Jodiewhn
Advertisement photography: Rudi Berr
Videography: Marcela Giesche and Telmo Branco

Residency Dates: 25th of February - 22nd March

In collaboration with SCOPE BLN and LAKE STUDIOS, Berlin. 

Concept Description

"The Tradition" is movement-voice research portraying the way systematic oppression has often found justification and normalization through traditional beliefs.

"The Tradition" is based in Elvas, a city of approximately 16000 inhabitants in southern Portugal.
Elvas is a city that, due to its geographical location and rural traditions and livelihoods, has remained isolated and culturally unaffected by the passage of time.
Elvas's geographical isolation, (a southern rural town within a centralized country) has also helped both to foment rural exodus and neglect the wounds of the post-regime.
Elvas is a city whose traditions were defined and reaffirmed by colonialism, dictatorship, religion, patriarchy, toxic masculinity, female submission, class, gender and ethnic segregation, and cultural obsolescence. 
Elvas is a city whose transgenerational wounds have never been addressed.

Elvas is the factual and metaphorical space through which systemic oppression is reflected and transposed into other European countries.
"The Tradition" will embody the traumatic legacy of systemic oppression, and the way citizens remember and transmit their past and adjacent historical wounds.

Contact the artist for a full length video of the performance.