2021 • Dance performance | A 25th-anniversary work focusing on transition, past, and future.

Design: Jani Nummela

Iniciação is a dance performance by Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte that marks the company's 25th anniversary. The title of the work ("initiation") directs the viewer to look at the choreography as a ceremonial rite of passage, which evokes thoughts about the passage of time, nostalgia, passing knowledge and skill forward, looking back and forward at the same time.

Dancer and choreographer Elisa Worm, 82, who founded the dance company in 1995, plays the lead role in the performance.

Iniciação premiered on October 2, 2021 at Cineteatro António Lamoso.

I designed a 22-page presentation leaflet to be distributed to the public and the advertising materials for the show.


Project management and co-design Susana Otero
Dramaturgical direction and texts Rogério Nuno Costa
Leading soloist and co-design Elisa Worm
Dance group and choreography Carminda Soares, Maria Soares, Filipa Duarte and Susana Otero
Rehearsal supervision Joclécio Azevedo, Jorge Gonçalves, Mariana Tengner Barros and Miguel Pereira

Lighting design Pedro Abreu
Music composition Pedro Augusto
Costumes Jordann Santos

Photography Miguel Refresco
Graphic design Jani Nummela
Videography Alex Barone

Production BCN and Filipa Duarte
Co-production FIMUV - Paços de Brandão International Music Festival
Thanks Alina Ruiz Folini, Andresa Soares, Bruno Alexandre, Catarina Real, Colectivo Suspeito, Daniel Pizamiglio, Fernando Mota, Henrique Furtado Vieira, Inês Carvalho Lemos, Júlio Cerdeira, Mariana Barros, Marina Leonardo, Pan.Demi.CK, Pedro Abreu, Tiago Rosário, Valentina Parravicini, CIRAC - Recreation, Art and Culture Center of Paços de Brandão and Auditorium of the Regional Tradition Ranch of Argoncilhe.