7 Abiku solos for 11 bacteria falling through


  • Flavia Pinheiro DAS Choreography




contamination, interspecies entanglements, situated knowledge


This article explores the profound themes and conceptual framework of the performance installation, "7 Abiku solos for 11 bacteria falling through" which merges sounds, texts, images, and movement to engage the audience in an imaginative exploration of the unborn.

The work delves into the realms of mortality, wandering souls, and regimes of invisibility. It delves into an unacknowledged past, embodying a ghostly memory that represents a forbidden, mutilated, and foreign existence.The project is framed within an anti-colonial context, emphasizing a choreography of the struggling body as it seeks escape from hazardous environments and transcends borders. It embraces the choreography of contamination, celebrating fugitivity and displacement as transformative actions. With a transdisciplinary approach, the work aims to materialize and give shape to nonhegemonic voices and existences. It encourages the exploration of impossible choreographies and envisions alternative cosmological futures that address social, gender, and racial inequalities. This pursuit of a radical aesthetic shift fosters collaborative efforts to challenge prevailing power structures.


Author Biography

Flavia Pinheiro, DAS Choreography

Flavia Pinheiro is a choreographer and researcher from Brazil currently based in Amsterdam. She graduated from DAS Choreography Master program (AHK) in 2022. Her master’s research was carried out in Benin with fellowship assistance from AHK Internationalization Fund and the Talent Grant/AHK. She is currently part of the DAS Third research program developing M.I.M.O.S.A that intends to dismantle hegemonies of thought and species through an expanded choreographic and somatic approach. Her research foregrounds networks of resilience and resistance to systems of knowledge through fabulative speculations around Science and Technologies. Her artistic practice is an ongoing attempt to create breathing and vital conditions; in an unstoppable dance, she creates improbable exchanges with nonhumans such as bacteria, plants, birds, antelopes and ghosts. She focuses on states of survival and refusal of captivity by proposing a radical ontological turn.

In 2021 she received The Fonds Podiumkunsten/Performing Arts Fund /NL grant. Her graduation piece “7 Abiku Solos for 11 bacteria falling through” was supported by Aart Janszen Fund and ID Lab and it was awarded the Andre Veltkamp Beurs Grant.

In 2022 Flavia was awarded the 3Package Deal fund for International Talents by AFK for the “Engaged Art” coalition.


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How to Cite

Pinheiro, Flavia. 2023. “7 Abiku Solos for 11 Bacteria Falling through”. Performance Philosophy 8 (1):46-61. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2023.81400.