The MadmudPools was the first creation out of AGITlab in 2018. The performance took place on May 4 at 7:00 p.m. inside the building of the Vine and Wine Institute (IVV) in Águeda. The space became a transfer point between two other zones, the images that appeared in the play: the municipal swimming pool and the river Certima that runs through the city. Inside the factory was a full pool of mud – a substance that is a mixture of water and earth, symbolizing the connection between two elements.

Simultaneously with the performance, the artists worked on a dance film with the same title and following the same idea. The scenes were recorded in the municipal swimming pool of Águeda, as well as in the river Certima and in the interior of the IVV, using the mud pool and other parts of the building. The official screening of the film took place on May 5 at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at INCA at Alta Villa Park.

One of the contemporary follies is the scale of pollution that humans cause to the environment. This global problem has its local side, which we can observe, see how the river passes through the region of Agueda is polluted. The goal was to draw people’s attention to this problem and that’s why the artists were invited by the City Hall to create the series of ecologically-oriented short videos. The videos combined artistic and documentary aspects.


Direction: Małgorzata Suś
Dancers: Stanisław Bulder, Joanna Chułek, Alexandre Duarte, Joanna Gruntkowska, Małgorzata Suś, Agata Wiedro, Natalia Wilk
Water movement consultation and immersion dance: Natalia Wilk
Movie and videos: Vanessa Fernandes
Scenery: Yuga Hatta
Music: Pedro Pestana
Photos: Marilyn Marques
Local production: Sara Sofia e Paulo Brites
Technical Support: Junior Fernandez

Under artistic curation by Paulina Almeida.

Project supported by the Municipality of Águeda inserted in the program CIRA (art in network in the county of Aveiro).
A special thank you to the Complex of the Municipal Pools of Águeda.

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