Photo © Bohumil Kodthoryz

We Thought We Knew What We Were Doing was premiered at the Théâtre National de Luxembourg in Feb 2023 and will be presented in Portugal during the Dance Danc Dance festival at the Teatro Municipal de Faro on the 16th Sep 2023.

The piece  is a testament to the way unexpected forces in life may subvert our most carefully considered plans: the unpredictable, surprising, the ever changing that demands adaptation. In performance (only!) paint drips from the ceiling, gradually rendering the floor slick.. The colours of the paint are trailed across the stage and onto the bodies of the dancers, leaving a manifesto of their admirable playful struggle.

Inspired by Living River (1999) by American choreographer Frey Faust, the show is directed in collaboration with Luxembourg based choreographer Emanuela Iacopini and produced by VEDANZA Artists International with the support of the Ministère de la Culture du Grand Duché de Luxembourg, Fondation Indépendance and i-Portunus Houses 2 (Creative Europe).

The representation of We Though We Knew What We Were Doing at the Dance Dance Dance festival in Portugal is supported by mobility funds from Kultur LX Arts Council Luxembourg and by an artistic residency at DeVIR/CAPa Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve.

Photos © Bohumil Kosthoryz

Duration: 55 min

Artistic direction/choreography: Frey Faust and Emanuela Iacopini inspired by Living River by Frey Faust (1999)

Music composition: Tomàs Tello

Co-created and performed by: Frey Faust, Saju Hari, Emanuela Iacopini, Yuko Kominami, Ileana Orofino

Light design/Technical director: Karl Humbug

Costume design: Anne-Marie Herckes

Set design: Karl Humbug and Emanuela Iacopini

Additional music and mastering: Rajivan Ayyappan

Production and touring: Lucile Risch, Sara Martins, Emanuela Iacopini

Producer: VEDANZA Artists International

Co-Producers: Théâtre National du Luxembourg with the financial support of Ministère de la Culture du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg.

Partners: Teatro Municipal de Faro (Portugal), L’Exosquelette (France), Axis Syllabus Research Meshwork, Dance Science Net, Fondation Indépendance. The i-Portunus Houses pilot scheme funded the artistic research under the working title “Living River”. i-Portunus is managed by European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam) and includes MitOst (Berlin) and Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb).

Diffusion: Kultur LX Arts Council Luxembourg, DeVIR/CAPa Centro da Artes Performativas do Algarve.