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La Ribot & Dançando com a Diferença

La Ribot & Dançando com a Diferença

Happy Island

La Ribot & Dançando com a Diferença

Happy Island

Sometimes, the most unexpected encounters are transformed into exceptional moments. This is what happens on the happy island created by choreographer La Ribot and filmmaker Raquel Freire, together with the dancers of the inclusive dance company Dançando com a Diferença: “Imagine a territory cut off from the world, with its own rules, where each person’s difference is the element that binds them together and which defines the way that they live together as a community. In this place, the constitution of what defines us as people is being protected from judgements based on comparison” (La Ribot).

Created in 2001 in Madeira, Dançando com a Diferença has established its own special reputation by disseminating the concept of inclusive dance and has been a pioneer in promoting collaborations between people both with and without disabilities. Under the artistic direction of Henrique Amoedo, the group presented works by choreographers such as Paulo Ribeiro, Rui Horta, Clara Andermatt, Rui Lopes Graça and Tânia Carvalho.

The works of La Ribot are characterized by the convergence of contemporary dance with performance, visual arts and video.

Madeira – Happy Island
© Raquel Freire. Retrato Barroco.

23 NOV 2018
FRI 21:00

Buy Tickets
Emílio Rui Vilar Auditorium
12€ (discounts)
Duration 70 minutes

More About Happy Island

Tour Happy Island

Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal)

Teatro Viriato  (Viseu, Portugal)

Festival IDEM — La Casa Encendida  (Madrid)

Festival de la Bâtie — Le Grütli (Genebra)


Concept, Direction and characters, costumes

La Ribot

Choreography by

La Ribot with Bárbara Matos, Joana Caetano, Maria João Pereira, Sofia Marote, Pedro Alexandre Silva

Choreography assistant

Telmo Ferreira

Light design, operateur and technical direction

Cristóvão Cunha

Artistic collaboration and direction of interviews

Josep-María Martín

Participants in the interviews

Emília Monteiro, Maria João Pereira, Bárbara Matos, José Figueira, Joana Caetano, Pedro Alexandre Silva


Francesco Tristano, Jeff Mills, Archie Shepp, Oliver Mental Grouve, Atom tm, Raw C + Pharmakustik

Costume making

Laurence Durieux / Teresa Neves

Production directors

Henrique Amoedo, Paz Santa Cecilia

Executive producers

Diogo Gonçalves, Paz Santa Cecilia





La Ribot and Raquel Freire


Raquel Freire

Choreography and costumes

La Ribot

Choreography assistant

Telmo Ferreira 

Performers of the Company Dançando com a Diferenca

Aléxis Fernandes,  Bárbara Matos, Bernardo Graça, Cristina Baptista, Diogo Freitas, Filipa Vieira, Isabel Teixeira, Joana Caetano, José Figueira, Lígia Rosa, Maria João Pereira, Natércia Kuprian, Nuno Borba, Pedro Alexandre Silva, Rui João Costa, Sara Rebolo, Sofia Pires, Sofia Marote, Telmo  Ferreira, Teresa Martins, Vittória Vianna


Raquel Freire, Valérie Mitteaux


Raquel Freire

Realization assistant

Valérie Mitteaux

Production directors

Henrique Amoedo, Paz Santa Cecilia

Executive producers

Diogo Gonçalves, Paz Santa Cecilia

A production by

Dançando com a Diferença-Madère and La Ribot–Genève, in coproduction with Le Grütli-Centre de Production & de Diffusion des Arts Vivants - Festival La Bâtie-Genève, 600 Anos – Madeira e Porto Santo, and  CN D, Centre national de la danse - Paris


With the support of La Fondation Ernst Göhner, AC/E (Acción Cultural Española), NAVE (Chile) Thanks to Mateo Jobin for the title of Happy Island, to Lidia Rodrigues for the feather cap, to Eric Weiss for the black T-shirt and to Marco de Barros and Nuno Borba  for their constant support

Dançando com a Diferença

President du Dirección

Telmo Ferreira

Artistic Direction

Henrique Amoedo

Executive production & Comunication

Diogo Gonçalves

Support for artistic production

Nuno Borba and Natércia Kuprian


Dançando com a Diferença it is a structure financed by República Portuguesa / Direção Geral da Artes, Governo da Madeira / Secretaria Regional de Educação and Secretaria Regional do Turismo e Cultura



La Ribot Cie

Artistic Direction

La Ribot

Executive production

Paz Santa Cecília

Production & Comunication

Sara Cenzual


Gonzague Bochud

Technical Direction

Marie Prédour


La Ribot - Genève is suppoted by the Ville de Genève,  République et Canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia Fondation Suisse for Culture. La Ribot is an associated artist at CN D, Centre national de la Danse, Paris

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