The performance-duo QUARTO consists of Anna af Sillén de Mesquita and Leandro Zappala. In between 2003 until now they have created 3 series in 3 parts: WIP, BEAUTY and ROPE, which are not trilogies in a classical sense but rather a long-term research, each piece is autonomous and yet intertwined, creating a sense of coherency.

They invest in long-term research within interdisciplinary art, deeply rooted in the interaction between theory and practice, together with artists and researchers. Engaged in philosophical questions regarding power relations and the limits of the body, they seek to generate thought and subjectivity through a radical, visual and physical experience.

Anna and Leandro live and work between two different cultures, the Brazilian and the Swedish.

The life between two distinct continents characterizes their work and provides constant challenges. Their work has been shown internationally at museums, in different venues and galleries throughout the world, here are some of the places: Netherlands (Frascati Theater), Russia (Solyanka State Gallery), Sweden (Moderna Museet, MDT, Dansens Hus, Norrlandsoperan), Germany (Ludwig Forum Museum of Modern Art, Uferstudios, Tanzhaus nrw, IFA Gallery Berlin), Lebanon (Sursock Museum of Modern Art), Brazil (Panorama Festival), Denmark (Dansehallerne, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art), Portugal (Serralves Museum of Modern Art), Austria (DONAU Festival), UK (Fierce Festival), Serbia (BITEF / Kondenz Festival), Uruguay (FIDCU – International Dance Festival of Uruguay and NIDO-Campo Abierto), Estonia (Notafe Festival), Chile (NAVE – OTROSUR), Poland (Stary Browar Nowy Taniec / Malta Festival).

2018 QUARTO receives the Birgit Cullberg award.

From the jury’s motivation: ”QUARTO works in the present moment using chance as a tool. They question our time by challenging human meaning and existence. They place themselves outside their own self, dehumanizing themselves and the viewer. They portray life, death and our world. QUARTO is a resistance movement to the twenty-first century’s accelerated time.”


“Everything started a decennium back as an exciting but also tollsome meeting between the 1000 meter long heavy black rope and us two. Now, after many new forms of this initial meeting, the time has come for us to share the rope. Instead of just letting it run and be tied between ourselves we let go of the rope to let it be pulled, stretched and moved between others and through the city landscape.”

In “Communal Rope” you as an audience will under the course of several hours create a temporary “community” that moves the rope trough the streets of Stockholm. From Welds premises at Norrtullsgatan 7, through Dansens Hus by Norra Bantorget to MDT at Skeppsholmen.

When we move with the rope, we will reconnect to a not yet actualized dream that a shared effort can make us imagine the city landscape as a topography of a shared, empathetic coexistence which we can claim as a mutual home. Even if no city today lives up to this dream, even if no such shared abode has been built, it won’t stop us from wishing for its existence. Maybe, perhaps, the one kilometer long rope can contribute to keeping the dream alive. Knots are resolved, entangled embroilments consists, within and beyond the weight of the rope and the forming of open spaces. The connections between separate and multiple points along the stretched rope abolishes the distances that seperates to a weave that connects close immaterial relations. Relations that innovates the shared time-room and the social time-room that includes and maintains us, that which common we inhabit.

It will be a six hour long gathering that slowly moves trough the city. You chose if you want to take part in the whole experience or parts of it. Audience hosts will be there trough the journey.


  • Communal rope info

  • Communal rope technical rider

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In Quartos performance CUBE a 1000 meter long rope runs between our bodys – how do we resolve all the knots that arises? And how do we expand the space between us?

By creating an aluminium construction in the form of a cube, the boundaries between inside and outside, private and public, are concretized. The cube carries a paradox – the material itself consists of our body and mater, the content is a void. How do we approach the cube – perhaps we can see trough its porous limits between inner and outer reality…


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