I put a spell on you

By: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Premiere: 2007
Duration: 120"

I put a spell on you is a performance/installation for 7 to 13 performers. Developed from workshops with the local community in the cities we are attending, this project aims to work and interact with the locals by having them participate in both the workshop and the performance.
The 13 performers(chosen from the persons who attend the workshop) are totally naked, and their heads covered with chocolate mousse.
Laying down face to face with the 13 performers, the audience establishes a very intimate and direct relationship with them, with no words for an undetermined period. While this is happening the audience is listening, repeatedly, to a version of the music ‘I Put a Spell on You’(each headphone has a diferent version). The ambient sound is the sound of flies or bees done by human voices.
It is the viewer who defines the time of the performance, the kind of relationship (by choosing a certain performer) and the moment he/she leaves. All other viewers are put waiting for a place to lay down. As in a voyeuristic game they are free to watch the performance and the relationships established by others from the outside, choosing to later participate in the performance or not.


concept, sound, light and artistic direction Ana Borralho & João Galante
performers 13 local people chosen trough workshop/audition
production casaBranca