For five years Miguel Pereira’s performances have been dominated by a nameless pop star, a shimmering rock‘n’roll icon, embodying glamour and grime, loneliness and connection, perfection and failure. But now he must die. Pereira has shifted the obsessive, symbiotic relationship between performer and audience by inviting ten non-choreographers to complete the legend and choreograph the star’s death. The results will be presented for the audience’s pleasure and a vote will determine the order of the Top 10 deaths.

In revealing the destructive love (or lust) at the heart of the entertainment industry, Pereira raises questions about authorship, audience and the role of the public in creating and destroying their icons.

“My name is Miguel Pereira. I’ve been developing my earliest work since 2000 and have been obsessively using the presence of this figure - a nameless pop star - in almost all of my pieces, directly and indirectly. For me this character is a representation and a metaphor for ‘show’. What is behind the idea of perfection, efficiency, virtuosity, illusion, power, centre, glamour, exposure, mask, public, highlights, confronted with the intimacy, privacy, fragility, loneliness, insecurity, failure and fears of our daily existences? I’m really interested in the artefacts that one creates to distract from our one limitations and the importance that our desires have to push us forward in creating new territories of possibility.

Another important aspect of TOP10, and in my work in general, is the questioning of authorship and the reception of the artwork by the audience, the role of entertainment and communication versus the fact that art can also be an instrument of questioning, redefining and thinking about reality and human behaviours.

When I started to structure TOP10 I wanted to subvert the system and the hierarchies of creation, by putting the role of authorship on those who normally are the receivers and the readers of the performances, or in the anonymous people who normally watches: the audience.

Is it possible for someone who is not a choreographer or a stage director, to produce and conceive a show? What would they like to see if they could be responsible for the show? Can they put on stage their own desires, wishes and dreams? Can they be responsible for the quality of the performance? And what about the people who normally have the role of theorizing, criticizing and speaking about performance? Are they able to do a piece? And promoters and programmers, can they do the perfect pieces that they would like to show in their theatres?

All of this is, of course, a provocation and a joke that does not give any answer and I cannot pretend there is any solution. All it does is give a space for reflecting about our own conception, expectations and prejudices about performance in general.
With this project I could end up with something that I have explored almost til I exhaust all its possibilities, creating a new space for new territories and new experiences.

Artistic direction and performance
Miguel Pereira

Creation
A.Branco; Ana Checa; Augusto Seabra; Carla Alonso; Fátima Vaz; Fernanda Fusco; José Bragança de Miranda; Maria de Assis; Manuel Henriques e Miguel Jorge

Guião e apoio à Dramaturgia
Cláudia Galhós

Assistência de Ensaios
Pietro Romani

Com a Colaboração Especial de
Margarida Mestre

Production
CAM/JAP

Support
O Rumo do Fumo

O Rumo do Fumo is supported by
GOVERNO DE PORTUGAL - SECRETÁRIO DO ESTADO DA CULTURA / DIRECÇÃO-GERAL DAS ARTES

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