Invisible Forest @ Santiago de Compostela

Mariana Tengner Barros, Jonny Kadaver and Mee_K.

The Invisible Forest intervened in the installation ‘Línea rota de horizonte’ by Carlos Garaicoa at in the Plataforma. Festival de artes performativas on May 27th 2021 in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia. It was a pleasure to be invited there. We spent a week playing drums and recording the nature there on several parks and forests around town and took it inside the gallery.

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Invisible Forest @ KDF011

Sunday, October 24, 2021 │Atrium of Knowledge, Karlovac University of Applied Sciences
19.30 │ Invisible Forest │ Mariana Tengner Barros

Choreographer and performer: Mariana Tengner Barros
Musician and composer: João Carrufa aka Jonny Kadaver
Musician, DJ, composer and sound technician: Miguel Freire aka Mee_K

Appearance at the festival was supported by the Portuguese Embassy in Croatia.

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With Mark Tompkins, Mariana Tengner Barros, Elizabete Francisca, Luís Guerra, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Bdjoy, Jonny Kadaver and Mee_K.

April 2nd, 6pm

Location: Mata dos Medos – meeting point at the entrance to the Mata across the road from the Centro de Interpretação da Mata of Fears – ICNF. Free performance.

ELECTRIC is an improvised performance, made in real time, live, by a group of experienced choreographers and interpreters of contemporary dance and performance, in Mata dos Medos, accompanied by a group of improvising musicians, playing percussion instruments. The public is invited to wander through the forest, meeting the performance, being able to watch in different ways, more or less close to the performers, changing positions and points of view, questioning the passive role of the spectator, and promoting a role of investigation in the way of watching a show, outdoors, under the force of the natural landscape and in dialogue with the environment. The group of improvisers is composed by the choreographers and dancers Mark Tompkins, Mariana Tengner Barros, Elizabete Francisca, Luís Guerra and Vânia Doutel Vaz and musicians Bdjoy, Jonny Kadaver and Mee_K. Watching performers improvise in real time, live and in direct relationship with Nature, is something very special. This project is based on the appreciation of Nature, taking inspiration from it and bringing out its struggles. All the people involved, both the artistic team and the public, must respect the environment, leaving no trace and even bringing garbage they find there… 

Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR

Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR, directed by choreographer and dancer Mariana Tengner Barros, designs disciplinary crossings in collaboration with graphic artist Mark Angelo and the A Bela Associação team. This project arises from the desire to value nature, with a special focus on trees and the importance they have in the balance of ecosystems. The creation process originated in the mapping of the oldest trees in the Greater Lisbon area. Four areas were chosen around the identified trees: Alcântara, Lumiar, Loures and Benfica. Much of the research was carried out under symbolic actions resulting from dialogue with the local community, free workshops, short performances and video recordings.

This phase of the project was called Invisible Forest, an autonomous, temporary and mobile performance space. The material collected and worked on in this phase make up the dramaturgy of Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR. Its creation also includes strategies that allowed the production of content accessible to blind and deaf people. It is very important for the team of this project that it can contribute to the eradication of prejudice and exclusion in relation to people with disabilities. Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR is a hybrid object, composed of several fragments of this experimentation, that invites the public to open their senses, in search of giving visibility to the invisible, sound to silence and shape to the unknown, in an immersive and interactive journey.

The project also includes the creation of a website to document, share and make available videos in streaming, in order to map the connections between trees, communities and territories, as well as testimonials and photographic records, or on video, of the work established with the various communities. This set of data collected will be presented in the context of national deforestation.


Programa de Mentoring Acesso Cultura, Ana Sousa Atelier, Terra Amarela


CIM- companhia de dança, Câmara Municipal de Loures- Unidade de Inclusão e Cidadania e ADPAC- Ass. de Defesa do Património Ambiental e Cultural de Santa Iria da Azóia

Project financed by GDA Foundation and dgARTES

Past Performances:

  • 29.09.20 at São Luiz Theater ⟡ Room Mário Viegas

Artistic Director: Mariana Tengner Barros

Co-criation and Interpretation: Ana Rocha, Bárbara Pollastri, Bernardo Bertrand, Diana Bastos
Niepce, Jonny Kadaver, Mariana Tengner Barros, Mark Angelo, Mee K, Sebastião Pinto,
Tiago Rosário e Vera Marques

Musical Director: Jonny Kadaver

Graphics Director, Screen Printing and Figurines Mark Angelo

Technical Director: Daniel Oliveira

Dramaturgical Support: Nuno Miguel

Video Editing: Vera Marques

Cameras: Vera Marques, Mark Angelo, Jesus Crido e Diogo Simões

Co-Production: Galeria Zé dos Bois

Production: A Bela Associação

Thanks to: Gruta, Rádio Ophelia, Paula Moraes, Marco Paiva, Renaud Ruhlmann, Inês Cóias
Marta Ziul, Diogo Chotas André Curto, Gustavo Morgado, André Pais, Cristina Mendes, João
Rodrigues e participantes das acções de Teatro de Guerrilha

Photography of Piece of the Heart
São Luiz Theatre ⟡ Room Mário Viegas

General Rehearsal photos from Vera Marmelo

Piece photos from Vera Marmelo

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Piece photos from Vera Marmelo

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Photography of Piece of the Heart:EXCALIBUR
Cine Teatro Avenida
Castelo Branco

Piece Photography – Mark Angelo

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Rehearsal Photography – Mark Angelo

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Peça do Coração: EXCALIBUR – Versão Especial VIC

Em Fevereiro de 2021 voltamos a mais um confinamento e as apresentações da peça multidisciplinar Peça do Coração: EXCALIBUR de Mariana Tengner Barros / A Bela Associação na VIC // Aveiro Arts House ficaram impossibilitadas de acontecerem. Como forma de continuar o trabalho, a equipa da A Bela em colaboração com a a VIC realizou uma versão da peça para vídeo, feita em residência artística nas instalações da VIC, honrando três árvores centenárias do concelho de Aveiro.

Peça do Coração: EXCALIBUR @ Castelo Branco

A Floresta Invisível esteve no 11 de Junho 2021 no Cine Teatro Avenida em Castelo Branco apresentar o projecto de palco “Peça de Coração: EXCALIBUR” de Mariana Tengner Barros, que projecta cruzamentos disciplinares em colaboração com o artista gráfico Mark Angelo e a equipa da A Bela Associação. Este projecto surge da vontade de valorizar a Natureza, com foco especial nas árvores e na importância que estas têm no equilíbrio dos ecossistemas.

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