Dance Traces – Ritualistic Action-paintings (2020-2021)

Dance Traces – Ritualistic Action-paintings is a series of performances to happen between the summer of 2020 and the summer of 2021. It is inspired by the Afro-Yoruban mythology and the paintings are dedicated to the orishas (Yoruba gods). The Yoruba community spans the modern states of Nigeria, Benin and Togo, but is highly influential on the Afro-Brazilians. Sandro applies acrylic paint on large canvas using his own body in direct contact with the paint and the canvas. The painting style is abstract expressionism and the dance expression is Japanese butoh. Music by izemz band


Here is an article (in Danish) on the newspaper NORDJYSKE about this project: DANCE TRACES – Ritualistic Action-paintings by Sandro Masai

Here is another article (in Danish) on the platform IDOART.DK: DANCE TRACES (lab)

Production History:

Kulturmødet Mors 2020, 22nd August – performance and interview to Simone Aaberg Kærn. Address: ONLINE.

LABYRINTH group exhibition 2020, 19th and 20th September 2020 – performance and artist talk. Address: Brolandingerne, Havnegade 15, 9400 Nørresundby.

DANCE TRACES Online performance, 20th November 2020 – performance ONLINE. Address: Nordjyllands Kunstnerværksted.

Online Performance Art Festival 2020, 19th December 2020 – performance ONLINE. Address: Nordjyllands Kunstnerværksted.

Huset i Hasserisgade, 3rd August 2021 – performance and exhibition opening DANCE TRACES

Kulturmødet Mors 2021 – 20th and 21st August 2021″Kunstøjeblikke”

Alter Festival 2021 – Aarhus – 2nd, 3rd, 4th September 2021

Genstarts Kunst – Aalborg Kommunes Kunstfond – 11th-19th September 2021 – Exhibition and performances.


Group exhibition at KUNSTHAL NORD 11th December 2021 to 27th February 2022

Photos: Niels Fabæk at Huset, Aalborg, 03.08.2021

Photos: Rikke Ehlers Nielsson at Labyrinth group exhibition Aalborg, 19.09.2020

This project is kindly supported by Statens Kunstfond, Slots- og Kulturstyrelsen and Aalborg Municipality

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