MAY 31 2014 > DANSEHALLERNE > Copenhagen
APRIL 26 2014 > MUSEUM OF MODERN ART > Stockholm

DEC 12 2014 > ICE HOT > Oslo
JULY 11 21.00 & AUG 23 16.00 2014 – free entrance> UFERSTUDIOS > Berlin
MAR 19 2014 > MUSEUM LUDWIG FORUM > Aachen
OCT 2-3 2013 > REPLAY MDT > Stockholm
MAR 15-16 2013 > MDT > Stockholm
JAN 31- FEB 1 2013 > World premiere > INKONST > Malmö

JULY – AUG 2014 > UFERSTUDIOS > Berlin

FEB – MAY 2014 > DANSENS HUS > Stockholm
Free entrance

Since 2006, QUARTO has created two trilogies, as long-term research, each piece being autonomous and yet intertwined with the others. The performance ‘Beauty of Accident’ is the final part of the trilogy ‘BEAUTY’, which now continues to unfold in two new works, ‘Durational Rope’ that will 2014 premiere at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm and the ‘Rope Installation’ which is exhibited during Feb – May at Dansens Hus foyer in Stockholm; an experimentation involving an extreme physicality between body and rope.

Foto: Åsa Lundén at Moderna Museet

How to translate a physical practice into words?

Words have a dual force. They emphasise and are signs that we share. They give us a sense of belonging to a group, a culture, which in turn constructs a reality, an imaginary world that becomes reality, because reality is largely a construction, and we need it in order to support our existence due to the fact that we share some concepts about the world and what we are doing here. This reassures us that we are treading on common ground and that we are speaking the same language. But what language does the body speak? Could our body, through its movements, be a mode of experiencing life?

What happens to the body when dealing with an object? Or when an object is imposed on the body? How can movement originate in an object? How can the object be restored of its subjectivity that was lost in order for it to become an object and serve a purpose? How can the object be redefined? What is an object? Could an object be the mode of perceiving a body? The mode of perceiving an interested body? There is always a relation of interest between subject and object. For example, a rope is one thing when used to bind or hold something together, and another thing when used as a whip. So an object does not exist of itself, but rather as a manner of use.

QUARTO’s desire is to experience the intensities between body and rope, in the attempt to dissolve the presence of habits, psychological representations, characteristics, common sense, dichotomies, woman/man, ceasing the ego and drama. Thus trying to create an impersonal presence, an empty being, without a personal story or plot. The ‘empty body’ as an entrance into the territory of subjectivity, seeking to undo established forms and plunge into the field of accidents, an immersion into chaos in constant construction and deconstruction of shapes. What forces do these bodies evoke? How to capture the intensities passing through the rope and bodies? Using the force of ‘nature’/’beauty’, as a way of effectuating resistance to any form of power.

Foto: Palle Lindqvist at MDT

The research for ‘Beauty of Accident’ was initiated in January 2012 in Brazil and continued during an artistic residence at The Swedish Arts Grants Committees studio under the International Dance Programme, a two year long residence at SITE (Production Center for Performing Arts in Stockholm) and a month long residence at INKONST in Malmö and MDT in Stockholm.


Foto: Palle Lindqvist at MDT

Trilogy BEAUTY of: FEAR (2010-2011) DESPAIR (2011-2012) ACCIDENT (2012-2014)

This is QUARTOS second trilogy that initiated 2010, the result of a praxis that evolves from a long-term process based research. What has beauty got to do with all of this? Fear seems to be the contemporary Beauty in controlling people through the lack of courage, Despair on the other hand disorganizes Beauty, crushes the harmony and creates disorder, while Accident is the Beauty in non essential causes, the possibility for the unforeseen. QUARTO is investigating Beauty in new contexts, in places seemingly far from finding it.


Artistic director, choreography, concept & performance: Leandro Zappala
Choreography, concept & performance: Anna Mesquita
Sound designer: Philippe Boix-Vives
Light designer: Tobias Hallgren
Video: Palle Lindqvist
Poet: Naima Chahboun
Philosophers: Fredrika Spindler & Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

Graphic design & production: QUARTO
Sponsor: Pille Repmakarn
Co-production: Moderna Museet, INKONST, MDT and SITE (production center for performing arts)
Supported by: The Swedish Arts Council, Stockholm’s Culture Committee and The International Dance Programme – The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé’s International Programme for Dance Artists