A woman’s desire to explore beyond the boundaries of her experience.
Natural resources are scarce, making life difficult while stimulating bonds of solidarity between the women of the village.
At the beating heart of daily life lie the mortarandpestle; symbolic of frugality, labor, and unity, driving the rhythm of their daily lives.
Existence rests on interdependence, so when one young woman upsets the rhythms of life through her desire to escape and explore wider horizons she is ‘cast in’ by her companions. This ritualistic event exposes the tensions and conflicts hidden beneath the mortarandpestles’ rhythm.
One woman’s desires reveal the true nature of her society, while provoking each woman of the community to reveal the strategies each of them needs for the survival of both body and spirit.
Maria da Luz began her training in Portugal receiving a bursary at Rui Horta Dance School, later studying at Forum Dança working with international choreographers such as Vera Mantero, Meg Stuart, Joao Fiadeiro and Francisco Camacho.
She then gained a BA honours in Dance Theatre from Trinity Laban.
As a performer, she has worked with various companies including the original cast of The Lion King working with Garth Fagan as ensemble and dance captain, Kokuma Dance Theatre including Patrick and Germaine Acogny, Seven Sisters and Jeanette Brooks, among others.
She has choreographed and performed her work across the UK.