The performance-duo QUARTO consists of Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala. They are developing bodies of work that are emerging in a series of long-term interdisciplinary research. in between 2003 – 2018 they have created 3 series in 3 parts: WIP, BEAUTY and ROPE.

Anna and Leandro live and work between two different cultures, the Brazilian and the Swedish. The life between two distinct continents characterizes their work and provides constant challenges. Their work has been shown internationally at museums, in different venues and galleries throughout the world, here are some of the places: Netherlands (Frascati Theater), Russia (Solyanka State Gallery), Sweden (Moderna Museet, MDT, Dansens Hus, Norrlandsoperan), Germany (Ludwig Forum Museum of Modern Art, Uferstudios, Tanzhaus nrw, IFA Gallery Berlin), Lebanon (Sursock Museum of Modern Art), Brazil (Panorama Festival), Denmark (Dansehallerne, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art), Portugal (Serralves Museum of Modern Art), Austria (DONAU Festival), UK (Fierce Festival), Serbia (Kondenz Festival), Uruguay (FIDCU – International Dance Festival of Uruguay and NIDO-Campo Abierto), Estonia (Notafe Festival), Chile (NAVE – OTROSUR).

2018 QUARTO receives the Birgit Cullberg award.

From the jury’s motivation: ”QUARTO works in the present moment using chance as a tool. They question our time by challenging human meaning and existence. They place themselves outside their own self, dehumanizing themselves and the viewer. They portray life, death and our world. QUARTO is a resistance movement to the twenty-first century’s accelerated time.”

Image: QUARTO at Moderna Museet Stockholm in the occasion of the premiere for THISENTANGLEMENT 2017©