maia/steyaert collaboration

working  principles 

  All our works are based on Non-representational physical communication between performers.

   Non-representational physical communication is a physical artistic practice based on the exchange of kinetic information between performers without the use of recognisable gestures.  Like in a verbal dialogue, the specificity of what we physically communicate to the other has a precise impact on the development of a “performative dialogue”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Each day of the creative process we create a score and we perform it. 

  A score is series of instructions that allows us to have common notions of how the communication between us will be happening throughout the performance. 

   Everyday we alternate who writes the score, which means leadership is alternated.

   There are no set movements, only modes of behaviour.

   All problems arising while performing, are resolved by performing.

   Every performance is filmed and watched.

   The scores and the practice keep developing until we perform a final score in front of an audience in a theatre or gallery. 

  The identity of each creation is defined by reconsidering the potential of Non-representational physical communication as an artistic practice.

  We think of Non-representational physical communication as a long-term development of a language

  Each new creation explores new content, in a new context within the same practice


Thomas Steayert is a movement artist and visual artist, born in Belgium. He did several projects with Ultima Vez/Wim Vandekeybus and with the KVS (Royal Flemish Theatre) under the artistic direction of Jan Goossens. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, he often collaborates with Selma Spahić, Nermin Hamzagić, Haris Pašović and Lajla Kaikčija. Together with Raul Maia, one of his close artistic partners, he develops a project that explores the artistic practise and multiple output potentiality of non-representational physical communication between performers. Within the same context he explores his individual approach and created several works in Europe and abroad. Thomas recently founded ‘Moving Island’, a collective of artists based in Sarajevo (BIH) with the focus on social-artistic work. He also teaches, paints and makes music.


Raul Maia is a Portuguese physical performance artist. His focus as a maker is in creating frames for physical behaviour practices from which physical language can arise and be re-contextualized into an artistic object. He also dedicates himself to the creation of soundscapes in the frame of his own performances. He splits his time between his own work and his ongoing artistic collaboration with Belgium choreographer Thomas Steyaert. His work has been shown in festivals and houses such as ImpulsTanz(at), Xplore dance Festival(ro), Potsdam Tanzfabrik(de), Idans Istanbul(tur), Tanzquartier (at), WUK(at), Brut(at) andD.D.D. (pt) among others. As a performer he has collaborated with ultima vez/ Wim Vendekeybus, Tino Sehgal, Fanni Futterknecht, Alexander Gottfarb, Sofia Dias and Vitor Roriz, Paul Wenninger and Catarina Miranda amongst others.

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