"Treasured in the Dark" by Thiago Granato

"Treasured in the Dark" by Thiago Granato

Treasured in the Dark takes the audience on a journey of sensing human and non-human presences. With his own body as the vector, Thiago Granato here becomes a medium through which a trans-communication takes place. Ambiguous sounds, floating hybrid objects, lit shadows and anonymous presences all come into being. In a sequence of mutating scenes, each punctured by a sudden and total transformation, the performance offers a metamorphic perspective for making sense of existence.

Treasured in the Dark is the first solo in a trilogy which is a choreographic research based on different imaginary collaborations between dead and living choreographers, as well as those not yet born. This trilogy is part of the project entitled CHOREOVERSATIONS that combines research, creation and production.

The CHOREOVERSATIONS project mainly aims to create a network of relationships between the participating artists and their public, empowering discussions about history, heritage, authorship, property, translation, transmission, incorporation and presence in contemporary dance. 


Thiago Granato is a Brazillian choreographer and performer based in Berlin. His work has been presented in countries as Brazil, Israel, Spain, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Holland, France, Italy and Norway. He also was mentor in the Bachelor of Arts Dance, Context, Choreography programme at HZT/UDK (Berlin, Germany, 2013). During 2013 and 2014 he was selected to be fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (Germany) where he is researching his new choreographic project, Choreoversations.


Concept, direction and performance: Thiago Granato
"Invited" choreobraphers: Hijikata Tatsumi (Japan/1938-1986) & Lennie Dale (USA-Brazil/1934 – 1994)
Direction Assistance: Sandro Amaral
Sound designer: Gerald Kurdian
Light designer: Jan Fedinger
Artistic adviser: Carolina Mendonça & Lou Forster
Costume adviser: Marion Montel
Production: Thiago Granato & Sandro Amaral
Duration: approx. 50 min

Contact: granato.t(at)gmail.com
Website: www.thiagogranato.com
Thanks: Renan Martins de Oliveira, Christophe Wavelet, Fabrícia Martins, Cristian Duarte, Jonnatha Fortes, Jefta van Dinther, Fernanda Raquel, Stephen Barber, Adiu Bastos, Larry Vickers and Fabiano Amaral.
Co-production: CND – Centre National de la Danse (Paris/France); Cullbergbaletten (Sweden), Life Long Burning, Culture Programme of the European Union

Support and residencies: JES - Junges Ensemble Stuttgart (Germany); CCN - Centre Choréographique National de Montpellier (France); Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers (France); FID - Fórum Internacional de Dança - Belo Horizonte (Brazil); Akademie Schloss Solitude - Stuttgart (Germany); WASP (Working Art Space & Production) - Bucareste (Romania); 4Culture; Life Long Burning; BUDA Arts Centre - Kortrijk (Belgium);

“Lauréat du programme de résidences internationales Ville de Paris / Institut Français aux Récollets” - Paris (France).

This work was created in several working processes and residencies, among others in a Wild Card residency in Bucharest 2014.

24.07.16 - 24.07.16

Schauspielhaus Vienna (AT)


22.07.16 - 22.07.16

Schauspielhaus Vienna (AT)


18.06.16 - 19.06.16

HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin


27.02.16 - 28.02.16

Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo (BR)



14.11.15 - 15.11.15

FID – Fórum Internacional de Dança | Belo Horizonte (BR)


residency in Bucharest for Thiago Granato

22.09.14 - 04.10.14

Bucharest / Romania


Wild Card presentation

03.10.14 - 03.10.14

eXplore dance festival Bucharest

supported/organized by CCN Montpellier