Dedicated to young dancers, the Territory program has welcomed a range of internationally renowned choreographers, such as Wayne McGregor, Marco Goecke, Marcos Morau or Alexander Ekman. Each year, EVC invites one acclaimed and one emerging choreographer to lead the program. This sixth edition will feature the duo Sol León & Paul Lightfoot, and Douglas Lee.
The EVC will select up to ten young dancers from dance schools all over the country, who will benefit from the knowledge and the aesthetic vision of these choreographers, in a professionalizing experience that will give them a diverse and inclusive outlook.
With a background as dancers, León & Lightfoot have been performing as a choreographer’s duo since 1989, and have created more than 60 performances for the Nederlands Dans Theater. In Territory VI, the renowned duo will present a reprise of the play Sad Case (1998), performed by the participants.
As a dancer, Douglas Lee studied at the Royal Ballet School and he was a prinicpal dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, where he began choreographing. Later, he developed a career as a freelance choreographer. In this edition of the program, the artist will conceive and present a new work with the young dancers.
As a complement to the program, Territory VI will also have the collaboration of Mário J. Negrão, winner of the Território | Estúdios Victor Córdon award for Best Portuguese Director at InShadow - Lisbon ScreenDance Festival 2022. With his own visual identity, the artist will present us his perception of the program through a new short film.