Big interview with my beloved friend and super-collaborator and genius visual artist – Laetitia Morais, talking about our collaborations:
“…I keep ongoing collaborative projects for more than 7 years, even if meetings and performances are occasional. Examples are the collaborations with music composers Zavoloka and Vitor Joaquim and with the theatre company Marionet. With all of them, I do live visuals and they play/perform their medium such as music or acting. When working with Zavoloka, who lives in Ukraine, we usually develop our ideas through online conversations and file exchanges and we publicly present the result without previous rehearsals or meetings, which is for sure very demanding and requires a clear domain of our intentions…
…Because we are dealing with common ideas, but we don’t pre-give a fixed result, none of us knows what will actually happen. The unexpected is processed during the performance in a way that I may change values or visual compositions depending on Zavoloka’s improvisation and vice-versa. It happens that, regularly, we have to talk during the performance, to check how we will proceed or when will we end. This way, the process is clearly exposed.
Many times spectators commented that they could perceive those moments and felt nicely integrated within the dialogue. It is not a fragile structure, rather the opposite. We are both improvising and relating to each other, which turns the results surprising and nourishing for us as authors…”