AORCA (Association for Observation, Regeneration and Creation in the Present Time), between 21st June and 19th September 2021, will organize the first edition of AORCA SUMMER LAB, a support programme for creation in the areas of dance and performance in Lagos.

During this period we will welcome and bring together emerging creators, professional artists and students in the process of professionalization motivated by innovative artistic creation, in a program of sharing practices of performing arts, creation, training, coaching and public presentations.

This program includes Artist Residencies with national and international artists; 7 Creation Labs from 5 July to 17 September; Openstage where you can watch emerging personal work being shared; Public performances, live and in live streaming; Masterclasses for the local community; Youth Creative Lab facilitated by Youtuber Miguel Luz, among other parallel events to be announced.

In AORCA’s view it is important to create this type of programmatic typology focused on contemporary performing arts throughout the year in view of the potential synergies and national and international partnerships, strengthening the cultural offer for the Algarve area. As well as promoting collective awareness of values and ethics with sustainability through the arts.

2021 is year 0 of the AORCA SUMMER LAB program, which aims to continue this program in the following years by creating a relationship with other partners in the region.

Summer Labs

In order to support and promote emerging contemporary creation, AORCA created a program of 7 laboratories for creation with invited international and national artists. Aimed at emerging creators, professional artists, artists in the process of professionalization and art students who are attending an artistic secondary education aged +16.

We will have 10 LABS PRO CREATION:
5 two-week LABS (10 working days, 60h) and
5 one-week LABS (5 working days, 20-30h)

5 – 16 JULY :: LAB Modulations by Varinia Canto da Vila ::
19 – 30 JULY :: LAB Site Specific by Ewelina Kotwa ::
2 – 6 AUGUST :: LAB You Are the Message by Bonny The Gemini ::
8 – 13 AUGUST :: LAB Stage Creative Experience by Roberto Olivan ::
16 – 27 AUGUST :: LAB Behind Mistakes by Sofia Brito ::
30 AUGUST – 3 SEPTEMBER :: LAB Together Building More by Ana Rocha ::
30 AUGUST – 10 SEPTEMBER :: LAB Shared Levitation by Marion Sparber & Alan Fuentes Guerra ::
6-10 SEPTEMBER :: Creative Lab with Miguel Luz ::
13 – 17 SEPTEMBER :: LAB Finding your wings by Natalia Pieczuro ::
13 – 17 SEPTEMBER :: LAB You Are the Message by Bonny The Gemini ::

Artistic Residencies

Maneras de salir – Varínia Canto Villa
Dates: 21 JUNE to 24 JULY 2021

Wild Love – Sofia Brito
Dates: to be defined

Reaching Through, Looking Across – Maria Silva
Dates: 22 to 29 AUGUST 2021

Masterclass and workshops for the community

There will be master classes in the area of contemporary performing arts (dance, dance-theatre, vocal expression, circus arts) taught by local artists for a wider, amateur audience, enabling the involvement of the local community and different ages.

JULY: Como iniciar o objeto artístico? 
Sofia Abreu vai partilhar as ferramentas para trazer do imaginário à matéria e iniciar um objeto artístico a medida de cada um.
Data: 15/07/2021, 17h30-19h30
Local: ADL – Associação de Dança de Lagos /
Espaço Jovem Lagos na Rua Gil Vicente 50, Lagos
Preço: gratuito, com inscrição obrigátoria através de:

Public Presentations & Streaming

OPEN STAGE: Presentation of individual and personal artistic work by emerging artists. Dates: 11 August, 25 August, 1 September, 8 September, 15 September.

WORK IN PROGRESS: At the end of each LAB PRO CREATION we will have a public presentation of the intensive creation process, concluding with a performative result presented to the public live and by streaming, counting with the participation of all the Lab participants and with the artistic direction of the invited artist. Dates: 16 July, 30 July, 13 August, 27 August, 3 September, 10 September, 17 September.

The presentations are free of charge and open to the general public with compulsory seat reservation by email:

For more information please check our program: