12.12.2023 #dance #kulturlxnews #performing arts #residency

William Cardoso laureate 2024 Uferstudios Residency in Berlin

William Cardoso, Photo © Cheyenne Vallejo

Following a call for applications for the choreography research and production residency at Uferstudios Berlin, choreographer William Cardoso was selected from a list of four applicants.

Jury members Ainhoa Achutegui (neimënster), Mathis Junet (TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois), Jérôme Konen (Kinneksbond, Centre Culturel Mamer) and Anne-Mareike Hess (choreographer and 2023 laureate) assessed the applications received and made their recommendation to Uferstudios. At the end of the procedure, William Cardoso was selected by the Uferstudios Berlin board.

This six-week international residency allows choreographers to immerse themselves in the Berlin creative scene and network with local artists, thus serving as a boost to their long-term career development.

Statement by Uferstudios
Simone Willeit, director of Uferstudios, commended the standard of the four applications forwarded by the jury. She noted both the support that William Cardoso receives as well as the vulnerability of the choreographer’s early career and the important role he plays in the LGBTQI+ community. The Director felt that this second opportunity, like the first residency (William Cardoso was a resident at Ueferstudios in 2021), would quicken the pace of William Cardoso’s development work and also promote the causes he defends.

Statement by William Cardoso
During this residency, William Cardoso hopes to “explore the local scene, experiment with new approaches (…) Angriff explores an intimate scene between two men and aims to create a performance that transcends the limits of the ground, rising up to new heights. The residency in Berlin will allow me to be in the same place as a stable team and thus immerse myself fully into the topic and the performance without being hindered by logistical considerations. This is a luxury for any artist because it guarantees continuity in the research process.

About William Cardoso
William Cardoso is a choreographer and dancer based in Luxembourg and Portugal. His work celebrates everything that is a contradiction, unpredictable, creative and committed. It addresses intimate, personal issues that affect everyone. His performances point the finger at a heteronormative, patriarchal society. Hungry for change and filled with anger at injustice, his work often focuses on a fight and a physical effort as it defends various issues.

With his three works to date (Raum, Dear Mum, Baby), William Cardoso has developed his own identity using a unique language. A dialogue between bodies in conflict with their minds. His work echoes contact improvisation, yet goes against the flow with non-fluid, short, sharp movements.