American Realness

Fernando Belfiore


U.S. Premiere

Saturday, January 9, 2:30pm
Sunday, January 10, 8:30pm
Monday, January 11, 5:30pm
Tuesday, January 12, 8:30pm

Run Time: 45 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater
466 Grand Street / tickets $20

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“It is the transformation of substance that is my concern in art, rather than the traditional aesthetic understanding of beautiful appearances.” – Joseph Beuys on Bathtub (1960)

Working from Beuys’ theory of art and transformation AL13FB<3 presents a series of encounters with objects to construct physical experiences and translate emotions. Leading the audience through a poetic and futuristic landscape, Fernando Belfiore explores the potential of theatrical magic, reshaping his environment as an act of renewal. From the very domestic to epic, from sacred to profane, from pop to sci-fi, the work proposes a journey where the body changes its materiality and shifts pathways of understanding. AL13FB<3 is a trip through different frequencies; formed, informed, deformed and transformed by the body.

AL13FB<3 is produced by Dansmakers Amsterdam in collaboration with ICK Amsterdam, Z Zentrum für Proben und Forschung Frankfurt, Work Space Brussels, and Fabrica de Movimentos Porto. Additional support provided by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, AFK, Jonge Makers Fonds.

Photo by Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker

Choreography and Performance by Fernando Belfiore
Dramaturgy by Katarina Bakatsaki and Bruno Listopad
Sound Design by Steve Martin Snider
Light Design by Tomas Vondracek
Set Design by Nikola Knezevic
Costume HandCraft by Jivika Biervliet
Artistic Coaching by Suzy Blok
Production by Sanne Wichman / Dansmakers Amsterdam
Writing support by Lisa Reinheimer

Special Thanks to Renee Copraij, Ria Higler and Eleanor Bauer

In collaboration with ICK Amsterdam, Z Zentrum für Proben und Forschung Frankfurt,Work Space Brussels, and Fabrica de Movimentos Porto.

Supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, AFK, Jonge Makers Fonds.

Fernando Belfiore [1983 – Sao Paolo, Brazil] is a choreographer, performer and teacher based in Amsterdam. He graduated in 2011 at the SNDO (School for New Dance Development – Amsterdam School of The Arts). Before moving to Europe he studied Theater 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, Brazil and China. 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. In 2013, he started to develop the performance Supernatural together with Florentina Holzinger, which was performed at Nuit Blanche/SSBA-Salon Stadschouwnburg.

Currently, he showcasing his solo called AL13FB<3 that was selected for Priority Company Aerowaves 2016 and touring his new group performance D3US/X\M4CHIN4. He is regular teacher of movement research at SNDO. He is guest artist at International Choreographic Art Centre (ICK) and has being supported by Work Space Brussels.

His works are intense, energetic, and strongly visceral and visual. He searches for challenging new forms of engagement within the audience’s bodily experience and choice making. Therefore, the performer’s presence and how he affects the audience’s perception, are a strong characteristic of his work. He is intrigued by exploring the politics of the contemporary body and by questioning our social relations. All his works present a body that is primitive and vulnerable, which is contrasted with a mix of pop and mass culture elements.

“Creating after Joseph Beuys, we see the felt blanket of Beuys’ grey and brown world thrown into the neon future universe of Belfiore where he is wrapped tightly in crackling tin foil. The substance is important. The transubstantiation is important. Fernando mechanically glitches, stutters and repeats, an abstraction that disrupts the communication into form itself. There’s a sensuality and equality between the forms and energies of objects and Fernando’s body.”
- Phoebe Patey-Ferguson