In The Darkness of the Theater I Take off my Shoes

Cláudia Varejão

Documentary / HD / 104' / 2016

The National Ballet of Portugal is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Since its foundation, it has aimed to present the great classics, as well as to always wel- come contemporary creations. Day-to-day life is demanding for dancers, choreogra- phers, musicians, répétiteurs, seamstresses, light technicians, sound technicians, and other elements of a large staff that make it possible for dance to travel through the rehearsal rooms and linger in the hallways before making it onto the stage. This film fol- lows not only the company’s creations and premieres, but mainly each dancer’s silent and structural work.

Cinematography Cláudia Varejão Sound Adriana Bolito Editing Francisco Moreira, Cláudia Varejão Sound Editing and Mix Hugo Leitão Colorist Paulo Américo Producers João Matos Design Ilhas


CO-PRODUCTION Companhia Nacional de Bailado


Best Documentary - Inshadow Festival '17


Cinéma du Réel, França '16
Women Make Waves International Film Festival, Taiwan '16
OUFF - Festival de Cine Internacional de Ourense, Spain '16
Festival do Rio - Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil '16
Journées internationales du film sur l'Art – Musée du Louvre, France '16
Oklahoma Dance Film Festival, USA '17
EDOC Encuentros del Otro Cine - Festival Internacional de Cine Documental, Ecuador '17
Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentaries and Short Films, Egypt '17
Inshadow Festival, Portugal '17
Centro Cultural - Município do Cartaxo, Portugal'18
Cineclube de Torres Novas, Portugal'19
Family Film Project, Portugal'19
Jumping Frame International Video Dance Festival, China'20
Festival de Dança de Tomar, Portugal'22