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AND_Lab is an artistic research and scientific creativity laboratory, produced by RE.AL and directed by João Fiadeiro and Fernanda Eugénio.

AND_Lab is born of the need to frame, under the same roof, a set of relations that have been developing and asserting themselves between the method of Real Time Composition and researchers and institutions connected with Anthropology, Economy/Management, Neurobiology or Complex Systems Science. This is a movement that has recently acquired a significant dynamics, leading João Fiadeiro to direct workshops in M.A., post-graduation and Ph.D. programmes at schools and universities associated with these disciplines, both in Portugal and abroad.

In a world where uncertainty is the rule, not the exception, we think it is time to value what is generally “lost in translation”, rather than obsessively trying to understand, anticipate and control anything that happens around us. It is time for an unambiguous investment in questions rather than in answers, in suggestions rather than in conclusions, and in processes rather than in products. Such a deceleration of time and gaze can only happen predicated on renovated paradigms of encounter, confrontation, and exchange. Paradigms that move us out of the “comfort zone”, and put us in a state of opening to the unknown.

Our motivation to work in spaces that are generated by “doubt”, by “experimentation”, and by “in-betweens”, is based upon the bare conviction that a new world is not inaugurated when we find the answers, but rather when we reformulate the questions. Departing from this premise, the main axis of AND_Lab is to create the conditions for the process to transform into an end in itself, giving it visibility, relevance, and autonomy. Therefore the AND_Lab intends to become a place of intersection between practices and thoughts from several areas, in order to experience/explore alternative forms of imagining these questions.

There are no spectators, there are no artists, there are no scientists: we are all makers of our own happening.


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belongs to the generation of choreographers that emerged towards the end of the 1980s and, following the American post-modern movement as well as the French and Belgian Nouvelle Danse movements, gave rise to the Nova Dança Portuguesa [New Portuguese Dance]. A large part of his education and training was carried out between Lisbon, New York and Berlin. He then joined the Companhia de Dança de Lisboa [Lisbon Dance Company] (1986-88) and the Gulbenkian Ballet (1989-90).
In 1990 he founded the RE.AL Company that supported the creation and diffusion of his own shows, regularly presented all over Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and South America, and also represented and coached emerging artists, as well as transdisciplinar artists during the LAB/Projectos em movimento [LAB/Moving Projects].
In 2008 he suspended his activity as a choreographer and author, turning his focus to projects where the process – opposing to the product – becomes the central object, a shift that conditioned his activity and the program developed by Atelier Real, the structure of which he is the artistic director.
The Real Time Composition method, that was first designed to support the writing and the dramaturgical composition of his works, has in the meanwhile become a theoretical-practical tool and platform to understand and rethink decision, representation and cooperation, both in art and in life. This research develops in cooperation with many other disciplines, such as economy, neurobiology and complex systems sciences, and it has lead João Fiadeiro to coordinate workshops in Masters and PhDs in several national and international schools and universities.

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At 10:19am on September 7, 2011, Sara Marasso said…

I  receive on my mail the presenation af your next workshop AND_lab I find the worlds you choose to present it so beautiful and necessary today to deeply research in contemporary dance. Eu tambem acho ser este o momento para valorizar aquilo que "se perde na tradução"...

At 9:01am on September 2, 2011, Caden Manson (Network Curator) said…
Welcome to the Network. I have also posted your workshop to our face page.

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