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In the 6th edition of the Territory program, EVC welcomes Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, and Douglas Lee.


JAN 3 ⏤ 30, 2023

FEB 18 ⏤ 25, 2023
Estúdios Victor Córdon, Lisboa

JUN 26 ⏤ JUL 20, 2023
Estúdios Victor Córdon, Lisboa

JUL 21 ⏤ 22, 2023 ・ Premiere
Teatro Nacional São João, Oporto

JUL 26 ⏤ 27, 2023
Millennium Festival ao Largo, Lisbon

JUL 29, 2023
Teatro José Lúcio da Silva, Leiria

Already in its 6th edition, the Territory program, dedicated to young dancers between the ages of 14 and 18, invites choreographers of unquestionable international relevance, giving the opportunity for several talented dance students to work and learn with renowned artists. Throughout its various editions, Territory has already welcomed more than 70 young people from all over the country, from about 40 dance schools spread over more than 30 Portuguese cities. In 2023, 10 dancers were selected through dance education institutions in Alcobaça, Braga, Coimbra, Faro, Lisboa, Porto, Vale do Sousa and Vila Nova de Gaia.

Every year, EVC invites an acclaimed and an emerging choreographer to lead the program. Featuring the presentation of a new creation, a must-see reprise, and the premiere of a short film by a promising young director, this year the program is honored to welcome choreographer duo Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, choreographer Douglas Lee and director Mário J. Negrão.

The selected dancers will have the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and aesthetic vision of the guest choreographers, in a professionalizing experience that promotes a diverse and inclusive outlook. Offering the Portuguese audience the possibility to watch, in some cases for the first time, international and contemporary works, in previous editions the program has already featured names such as Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, Marcos Morau or Alexander Ekman.

With a professional background as dancers, León & Lightfoot are renowned choreographers who have been active for more than 30 years. Working together since 1989, they have created more than 60 pieces for the Nederlands Dans Theater.

In Territory VI, the duo, who will be in Portugal for the first time, will rehearse and present a reprise of the reference play Sad Case, performed by the participants. Created in 1998, when Sol was pregnant with her daughter, Sad Case is now celebrating 25 years of existence and is one of the main cornerstones of the choreographers' work.

Douglas Lee, who will create and present a new piece with the young dancers, graduated from the Royal Ballet School and was principal dancer at the Stuttgart Ballet, where he began choreographing, and later developed a career as a freelance artist.

Territory VI will also have the collaboration of Mário J. Negrão, winner of the Territory Award | Estúdios Victor Córdon in the category of Best Portuguese Director at InShadow - Lisbon ScreenDance Festival 2022. With his own visual identity, the artist will present us his perspective on the program through a new short film to be projected in the show.

After premiering at Teatro Nacional S. João (Porto), the show will wrap up the Millennium Festival ao Largo (Lisbon) and then head to Leiria, where the last performance will take place.

Film Director

Main Sponsor

Millennium BCP


Inshadow Lisbon Screendance Festival, Teatro José Lúcio da Silva, Teatro Nacional São João


Afonso Nunes, Bárbara Almeida, Diana Faria, Filipa Bacelar, Inês Pais, Ivo Santos, Joana Rodrigues, Leonor Freitas, Rafael Belinha, Santiago Novo

Schools represented

Academia de Dança de Alcobaça, Attitude Academia de Artes, Conservatório de Dança do Vale do Sousa, Dance Spot – Escola de Dança, DNA – Dance N’Arts School, EDD – Escola Domus Dança, Ent’Artes – Escola de Dança, Ginasiano Escola de Dança

Mário J. Negrão

Mário J. Negrão

© Anton Zavjyalov - Douglas Lee

© Anton Zavjyalov - Douglas Lee

© Tommy Pascal - Sol León - 2021

© Tommy Pascal - Sol León - 2021

© Elena Lekhova - Paul Lightfoot

© Elena Lekhova - Paul Lightfoot

Mário J. Negrão

Mário J. Negrão

© Anton Zavjyalov - Douglas Lee

© Anton Zavjyalov - Douglas Lee

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