The term deus ex machina was taken from the Greek tragedy, where a machine is used to bring actors playing gods onto the stage. Deus ex machina designates a term for an unexpected power saving a seemingly hopeless situation. In this new group choreography, Belfiore is using the notion of the deus ex machina to explore the powers in a performance that can induce an experience of unimaginable change. Different modes of engagement with the audience, the use of power of the body and the power of the machines, the exploration of the limits of theatricality, epic, sci-fi and ritual become a starting point for a choreography that allows the erratic, the (con)fusion and the fantastic to emerge. As the machinery is set in motion, the stage becomes a place for the unknown and the reconfiguration of our imagination.
Fernando Belfiore (1983, Sao Paolo, Brazil) is a choreographer and performer based in Amsterdam. He graduated in 2011 at the SNDO. Before moving to Europe he studied Theatre at Sao Paolo University. He performed in projects by Deborah Hay, Jeremy Wade, Ann Liv Young, Ibrahim Quraishi and Miet Warlop. As a choreographer, Belfiore has presented his work in festivals and venues in many European countries and Brazil. His graduation work, The miserable thing, was nominated for the ITS Festival Choreography Award and received the “best direction” award at ACT Festival in Spain in 2012. He was invited to be part of Europe in Motion in 2012 and received the Impulstanz Danceweb scholarship in 2013. He is Artist In Residence at the production house Dansmakers Amsterdam since 2011, where he made his solo You Must with dramaturgic collaboration of Ivo Dimchev and .whatdofinallyshare. that was selected for Aerowaves as priority company 2013.