PACAP 5 – Performing Arts Advanced Programme
Not knowing together / 2021/22
Curatorship by João Fiadeiro in collaboration with Márcia Lança, Carolina Campos and Daniel Pizamiglio.

Where: Forum Dança, Lisboa, Portugal

When: From September 6, 2021 to July 30, 2022

Deadline for applications: First phase – 29 January 2021

Applications for the next edition of PACAP – Performing Arts Advanced Programme are now open.
The fifth edition of the Performing Arts Advanced Programme is curated by João Fiadeiro, in collaboration with Márcia Lança, Carolina Campos and Daniel Pizamiglio.
This advanced training course will run from September 6, 2021 to July 30, 2022 and is aimed for dancers, choreographers, performers and other artists with practices related to performance, body and movement.

“PACAP 5’s programming will aim to provide a diverse and non linear approach towards artistic research, employing as reference the study and experimentation of improvisation through Real Time Composition (bloc I); collaborative practices starting from a shared question (bloc II); and practices of individual research for each participant (bloc III). Depending on their interests and availability, participants will be able to opt for a 3, 6 or 9 month course. In order to do the second and third blocs participants must attend the previous ones. The number of participants will decrease as the course progresses: 24 in the first bloc, 16 in the second and 8 in the third and final one, thereby establishing different intensities and ways of involvement with the different research practices of decision, collaboration and creation proposed within the course.
João Fiadeiro and some members of the Atelier RE.AL Collective (Márcia Lança, Carolina Campos, Daniel Pizamiglio and Ivan Haidar) will be present during the entire duration of the course in order to replicate the laboratorial practice that has always characterized our activity. This aims to produce a sense of continuity between blocs and create the condition to deepen the research experience, which would be difficult to implement if the course were structured around a more fragmented and punctual participation of external guests. Regardless, running parallel to a more constant relationship with the Atelier RE.AL Collective we will invite artists and researchers to direct occasional workshops associated with the subjects being explored in each bloc. With these invitations we aim to create a critical distance with regards to our practice, to tune in to other ways of thinking-doing artistic research and generate some breathing room between the cycles.” – Curatorial Team

The course is aimed at dancers, choreographers, performers and other artists whose practices relate to performance, body and movement. Applicants should position themselves as peers and not students and see artistic creation as a space of research through art, meaning a platform for the exploration of processes of correlation, collaboration and decision in an environment that does not distinguish between theory and practice and promotes permeability between subjects, thereby regarding the work of art as a consequence of a process and not as its end.

Bloc I – Study, experimentation and practice of Real Time Composition: September 6 until December 4, 2021
Bloc II – Collaboration processes based on a shared question: January 17 until April 16, 2022
Bloc III – Individual investigation processes of each participant: April 26 until July 30, 2022

Bloc I – Lisa Nelson (USA), Romain Emma-Rose Bigé (FR).
Bloc II – Coletivo Hormigonera (UY), David-Alexandre Guéniot / GHOST (PT), Orquestina de Pigmeos (ES), Projeto Companhia – João dos Santos Martins (PT).
Bloc III – Eleonora Fabião (BR), Gustavo Sumpta (PT), La Ribot (ES), Luara Learth/Acauã Elbandido (BR), Mette Edvardsen (NO).


Bloc I+II+III (9 months)
Course calendar: September 6, 2021 to July 30, 2022
Application deadline: 29.01.2021
Selection phases dates:
12.02.2021 ›› Announcement to pre-selected candidates
15 to 19.02.2021 ›› On-line workshop
22 to 26.02.2021 ›› Individual interviews with curatorial team
01.03.2021 ›› Communication of results

Bloc I+II (6 months)
Course calendar: September 6, 2021 to April 16, 2022
Application deadline: 12.03.2021
Selection phases dates:
19.03.2021 ›› Announcement to pre-selected candidates
22 to 26.03.2021 ›› On-line workshop
29.03.2021 ›› Communication of results

Bloc I (3 months)
Course calendar: September 6, 2021 to December 4, 2021
Application deadline: 16.04.2021
Selection phases dates:
24.04.2021 ›› Announcement to pre-selected candidates
26 to 30.04.2021 ›› On-line workshop
02.05.2021 ›› Communication of results

Coproduction PACAP 5: TBA – Teatro do Bairro Alto
Support PACAP 5: O Rumo do Fumo, Alkantara, Estúdios Victor Córdon, O Espaço do Tempo

You can consult the complete information available on our website at: – in Portuguese – in English

How to apply / register: The submission of applications is done solely and exclusively through the form available on the Forum Dança website. Applications will be accepted in Portuguese and English.
For more information and to apply, just fill out the form available at:

Costs for participants: Tuition fees vary between a minimum of 910€ and a maximum of 2530€, depending on the Blocs you are applying for and the payment method selected. If the course is paid in full, by August 30, 2021, you will have a 10% discount.

Contact details: FORUM DANÇA
Espaço da Penha – Travessa do Calado 26-B, 1170-070 Lisboa, PORTUGAL
Tel. +351 213 428 985 \ Tlmv. +351 925 103 596

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