Presented by Dublin Dance Festival and the Abbey Theatre


21 - 22 May 2024

Directed and Choreographed by Marco da Silva Ferreira

Booking Information

Dates: 21 – 22 May
On the Abbey stage  

Times: 7.30pm

Tickets: €22 – €42 (concession rates available)

Running time: 75 mins (no interval)

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A rapturous and rebellious confrontation where tradition and contemporary collide

Following critically acclaimed and sold-out performances throughout Europe, Portuguese choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira comes to Ireland for the first time to present his hugely successful new production CARCAÇA. In this dynamic, joyful choreography, ten performers take street dance, hip hop battles, and club culture as their base to dismantle and then reclaim traditional European folk dances that have been frozen in time. As tradition and contemporary collide, they create a rebellious, colourful and vibrant exploration of identity.

Da Silva Ferreira blends diverse dance styles to explore communal identity, memory and our relationship with the past to ask: what do we want to preserve; what do we want to transform; and what do we want to forget?

Starting with simple jumps that later give way to energetic, rebellious and carnivalesque movement, the choreography accelerates, urging us towards resilience, togetherness and true equality.


Co-production: Teatro Municipal do Porto; Centro Cultural de Belém; Big Pulse Dance Alliance, co-produced by New Baltic Dance (Lithuania), Julidans (The Netherlands), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Germany), Dublin Dance Festival (Ireland) and ONE Dance Week (Bulgaria), co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union; Centre Chorégraphique National de Caen en Normandie; La briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne; Maison des arts de Créteil; KLAP- Maison pour la danse; CCN-Ballet National de Marseille; Charleroi danse, centre chorégraphique de Wallonie – Bruxelles; December Dance (Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge); La rose des vents – scène nationale Lille Métropole – Villeneuve d’Ascq; TANDEM Scène Nationale Arras-Douai
Support: República Portuguesa – Cultura, DGARTES – Direção Geral das Artes
Artistic Residencies: A Oficina (Guimarães), Ballet National de Marseille, Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon), O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-novo), Teatro Municipal do Porto


'This performance is oozing with generosity, the generosity of the choreographer, musicians and dancers'

'Heart-conquering hip-hop and folklore come together in a revolutionary indictment'

Performance Trailer 


  • Artistic Director : Marco da Silva Ferreira
  • Choreographer: Marco da Silva Ferreira
  • Artistic Assistance: Catarina Miranda
  • Performer: André Garcia
  • Performer: Fábio Krayze
  • Performer: Leo Ramos
  • Performer: Marc Oliveras Casas
  • Performer: Marco da Silva Ferreira
  • Performer: Maria Antunes
  • Performer: Max Makowski
  • Performer: Mélanie Ferreira
  • Performer: Nelson Teunis
  • Performer: Nala Revlon
  • Lighting Design: Cárin Geada
  • Technical Direction and Sound: João Monteiro
  • Music: João Pais Filipe (percussionist)
  • Music: Luís Pestana (eletronic musician)
  • Costume: Aleksandar Protic
  • Scenography: Emanuel Santos
  • Anthropological Studies: Teresa Fradique
  • Folklore Dances: Joana Lopes
  • Production Direction: Mafalda Bastos
  • Production: Mafalda Bastos
  • Production: Joana Costa Santos
  • Production Structure: Pensamento Avulso
  • Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

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