Dinis Machado (SE/PT): NORMCORE

Dinis Machado

Saturday 16th November 2019 | 7:30pm
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NORMCORE is a playground dance for five performers where the trust in each other allows us to discover our bodies further into places we dream of.


Departing from a critical take on the exhausted idea of undressing as a metaphor for revealing one’s natural essence, we invest instead in constructed nakednesses paying attention to bodies that do not imagine themselves as they are medically described or seen by society.

We investigate and build bodies with assemblages that transform our bodies into what we need, what we wish, or how we feel them, and we dance the dances they dance. Communal dances of a crooked togetherness where the politics of doing are more relevant than their formal equivalence. A multiple togetherness where we build our identities and their very materialities.

A performance by Dinis Machado (SE/PT). Danced by Lo River Löof (SE), Mandi Tiukkanen (FI/SE), Gareth Cutter (UK), Kathleen Hawkins (UK), André Cabral (PT)


Produced by BARCO (SE) | Co-produced by Weld (Stockholm, SE), Skogen (Gothenburg, SE), METAL (Peterborough, UK), Chisenhale (London, UK), CDCE / FIDANC Festival (Évora, PT) | Extra residencies at BUDA (Kortrijk, BE), Citemor (Montemor-o-Velho, PT) and Siobhan Davies Dance (London, UK) 

The project is made possible with the support of the Arts Council England (UK), Könstnärsnämnden (SE) and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (PT)




Part of our series of London premieres, championing radical performance work by CDS Members and international guests, in our venue and beyond.



In a post somatic perspective, and caring about bodies that do not conceive, perform or imagine themselves as they are medically described, Dinis Machado works with mutating bodies that dance not from the bodies they have but from the extra material psychedelic bodies they imagine and claim for themselves.

Born in Porto in 1987 and Based in Stockholm since 2012, he finished the MA Choreography DOCH (Stockholm) directed by Jefta Van Dinther and Frederic Gies and the Independent Studies Program at Maumaus – Visual Arts (Lisbon) dircetd by Jurgen Bock. His work was part of Moderna Museet’s quadriennial Moderna­utställning­en 2018. His works have been performed in Austria, Croatia, Uruguay, France, Sweden, Germany, England, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Portugal in contexts as ImpulsTanz,  WELD, Moderna Museet, Röda Sten Konsthall, Skogen, Wånas Konst, Skissernas Museum, Dance 4, FIDCU, NAVE, Festival Arqueologias Del Futuro, ZDB/Negócio, METAL, Chisenhale Dance Space, Colchester Arts Centre, Rivoli, CCB, Festival DDD, AGORA, among many others.