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Thinking Body Moving Mind
The Function of the Oblique

Tilt, Balance,Fall!

Dancing Architects is delighted to be back in action, this year in Porto, Portugal!  

A hearty invitation to a journey of spatial choreography, exploring the way we engage, perceive, and create space by moving.

A transdisciplinary exploration, the DA22 will take you to a personal journey of architectural choreography. 

Invigorating movement sessions will awaken our spatial awareness, while playful activities experiment with architectural ideas. With individual inner motivations and senses, participants will learn to express embodied ideas through the physicality of the body and choreography in relation to people and movement; to objects and built constructs; to the streets and urban behaviours; transcending time and space. Together, we will work towards creating shared experiences in the form of performance as an experimental architectural dialogue.


Nestled within the heart of the city, our field of operation this summer is an artist residency space at INSTITUTO, our partner in Porto. The urban streets and public spaces rich with culture and culinary delight will also be our playgrounds. There will be a day of excursion to visit wonderful architectures that Porto has to offer.

Open to all who study and work in Architecture

No prior experience in dance and choreography necessary!

Tilt, Balance, Fall!  Thinking Body Moving Mind  The Function of the Oblique 


In 1963 Claude Parent and Paul Virilio formed the "Architecture Principe" group with the aim of investigating a new kind of architectural and urban order. Rejecting the traditional axes of the horizontal and the vertical, they used oblique planes to create an architecture of disequilibrium, in an attempt to bring the habitat into a dynamic era of the body in movement. 

The city of Porto is the terrain of the oblique. 

Characterised by its topography, Porto's steep hills and layered urban landscapes inform the sense of space and scale as well as the sense of the body and its mobility. The day-do-day life and urban behaviours reflect this nature where we are constantly reminded of our body having to negotiate with the gravity in force, while the urban life and constructs also need to find its own way of existing.


With questions and curiosities, we will move, talk, think, draw, watch, listen, write, and make in the territory of the oblique. We will eat and drink together; wonder and wander; to dance and to perform; and to create.

Expect the infectious happiness of moving together!

Spaces are limited to 12 participants max. Apply early to avoid disappointment! 

Application will close on 31st July 2022.


Dates:     Sun 21st (afternoon) – Sun 28th (after lunch) August 2022 

Venue:    INSTITUTO, Rua dos Clérigos 44 R/C 4050-204 Porto, Portugal

Fees:      £480 

              Fees incl. :workshops, seminars, building visits, basic materials, most lunches & two dinners

              Fees excl. :travel and accommodation, and other meals

              (For accommodation, we have a limited number of rooms available nearby. If you would like to book                    the accommodation as well, please let us know on the application form.)


○ Workshop is carried out in English

○ Participants will need to be 18 years of age or older by Sun 21 Aug to participate in the workshop 

○ All participants travelling from abroad are responsible for securing any visa required.

Important information

with regards to Covid-19

Rest assured that the fee will be fully 

refundable in case the situation with regards to Covid-19 will not allow the workshop to take place.  

If you don't have architectural background but want to participate

The workshop is aimed for participants with architectural background. However, if you are passionate about the relationship between architecture and dance, please get in touch as there might be limited spaces available. We will ask you to wait till early August to confirm available spaces. Thank you for your patience!

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