Handmade, Todd McQuade

Friday, 13 May, 2011 - 12:00

For three days, from the opening to closing hours of Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, the US artist Todd McQuade will build structural environments and enact performances that address the qualities of belonging within the space of the Palácio Pombal.Using materials and resources that are available, either found, donated, imagined or purchased, the artist constructs a landscape, a structural parameter that he calls a Temporary Autonomous Zone.

With Handmade Todd McQuade wants to demonstrate the need of a place, the influence of space. It is an attempt to build a territory where all fit together - the construction of autonomy, sustainability, and the relationships that self, that being human, shares with place.


Handmade is Co-Produced by Todd McQuade and Sasha Waltz & Guests, with additional support from Tanz Haus Zurich.



Todd McQuade is a Moving Artist whose thematic projection dwells in the meeting places of movement and materiality. In his performance work, the body is treated as the vessel for psycho-physical opening, the event as ritual and the audience as catalytic participant.

His performance works have been presented e.g. by Kunst-Stoff Arts San Francisco, Theatre du Vanves Paris, Tanz Im August Berlin, Kunstfabrik Berlin, Trisha Brown Dance Studio, Dixon Place NYC and in Self-Produced initiatives.

McQuade is currently a Guest Artist with Sasha Waltz & Guests Berlin.

From 2006 - 2009 he performed the repertory of, and created new work with, the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Under the direction of Mikhail Baryshnikov, he performed with Hell's Kitchen Dance, the inaugural company at the Baryshnikov Arts Center NYC.