The Summer Intensive Festival is a contemporary dance festival that tries to combine the best of contemporary dance techniques with the best of the Portuguese summer. Our desire is to enjoy dance while being surrounded by stunning nature in a friendly environment on the west coast of Portugal.
This year, amongst other things, we are mixing up our format as well. Whilst maintaining the essence of the project, we seek to enrich its contents by offering two more options.
The PRO program pursues the idea to give professionals extra time to plunge even deeper in a more mature and committed way.
The concept is to participate in the normal program as GROUP A and have extra workshops that will be led by our guest tutors.
The program would guarantee 9 extra hours of workshops, spread throughout the week, finishing on Saturday.
These three intriguing artists and teachers Inaki Azpillaga, Guilherme Miotto and Ted Stoffer will lead the PRO program this year.
If you are interested in taking part in the Professional program, you should select GROUP A / PRO in the inscription form. Upon receiving an inscription email from the Summer Intensive Team you will have to upload your CV and a 1 min video. After the selection process made by the teacher, you will be informed if you are invited to take part. In case you are not selected you are still welcome to inscribe in another group and take the profit of an open workshop led by our PRO teachers each Saturday.
The 4th week will be entirely dedicated to the creation, either with Anton Lachky based on his Puzzle Work method or Repertory of the pivotal piece "What the body does not remember" by Ultima Vez taught by Eduardo Torroja. Our plan is to offer you a one-week intense experience of researching, building and creating a performance with our guest teachers. The week will consist of 6 hours per day for 6 days and will culminate with planned presentations on Saturday.
Click on the pictures to read more about their plans for the week...
To inscribe select week 4 / CREATION LAB and your choreographer of preference. The Lab is designed in a way that you can participate only in one of the programs. ONLY 20 people per group will be allowed, so hurry up!
We are eager to have you around, both former participants and new ones, everyone will be welcomed with open arms and hopefully lots of Portuguese sun! This year we decided to make some changes to our festival taking into account some feedbacks and our will to make this event grow healthy and vivid as it has been growing over the past years!
Three years ago the founders of the festival discovered an old olive oil warehouse in Torres Vedras and decided to transform it.
Using its massive, open structures they re-shaped it into several dance studios and performance spaces to host residencies, daily training, and researches.
Pursuing the goal of re-using existing structures by implanting an artistic life and environment and allowing its growth in a more durable way now and in the future.
We wrapped up our studios, kitchens and reception tents and are moving to the installations in Torres Vedras with:
Bigger indoor studios fully equipped to suit the needs of the provided classes
Fast access to public transportation, providing easier and more frequent ways to get to the beach and bigger cities (Lisbon, etc.);
Several supermarkets, groceries, pharmacies, and other local commerces close by, providing variety and choice to everyone;
A big number of bakeries, restaurants, and coffeehouses that can seduce you with some delicious Portuguese food and snacks;
And of course, much more, but for that, you’ll have to join us and experience it firsthand!
A fairly small city, close to Lisbon and the west coast of Portugal. The inhabitants are rather nice and curious people, so by the time, Summer Intensive starts we expect them to peep around and greet everybody with their warm Portuguese hospitality. The perimeter of the city is easily completed by foot and/or bike (there are public city bikes available), and there’ll be time for sure to visit its few points of interest like the ruins of the Castle and the abandoned Cucos hot springs, both places filled with wonder and beautiful vistas! There are refreshing green parks and gardens through the city which are the perfect spot to have a cool and chilled summer walk, be it in the morning, afternoon or evening, any free time is better spent surrounded by trees, grass and on your bare feet!
The city is quite close to the beaches of the west coast as well, and with the bus station 10 minutes away from our facilities it shouldn’t take long to get to one of them! The most visited and accessible one would be Santa Cruz though, and we do advise you to look into going there if you are about to join Summer Intensive, the sand stretches over kilometers of the coast bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Santa Cruz, although small, in this period of the year becomes more alive than ever due to the perfect holiday spot it becomes!