BlackBox project

BlackBox media productions

 Stephan Jürgens has been been working between 2014-2019 at the BlackBox Arts & Cognition Lab at the NOVA University in Lisbon on novel digital tools for rehearsal processes, performance documentation, analysis and the transmission of the research outcomes for the general public. During the three case studies on prominent Portuguese choreographers (João Fiadeiro, Rui Lopes Graça and Sylvia Rijmer) he has been developing an infographic approach to visualize the choreographer's compositional concepts and dramaturgical structures in 2D and 3D environments.

360º Video Multiple Viewport Platform

Fifteen Dancers and Uncertain Time 360º is a multiple viewport platform (computer, tablet and VR headsets) produced by Carla Fernandes (principal investigator of the BlackBox Arts & Cognition Project). The platform introduces the viewer to selected compositional strategies and artistic ideas by the authors of the ballet, João Penalva and Rui Lopes Graça, as researched by Stephan Jürgens (BlackBox Arts & Cognition Project). In collaboration with the dancers of the Portuguese National Ballet Company (CNB) and Rui Lopes Graça, a rehearsal of two sections of the ballet Fifteen Dancers and Uncertain Time was filmed for the 360º video environment by the interactive media company Space Tailor. Stephan Jürgens and Roger Oliveira (Space Tailor) are responsible for the concept and realisation of the platform. The platform is an interactive 360º environment, and presents sections twelve and sixteen from João Penalva and Rui Lopes Graça's ballet. To explore the platform click on the image above.

Infographic Films

In collaboration with João Fiadeiro, each solo work of his SOLOS | ENACTMENTS series was analyzed with a focus on the underlying artistic ideas, concepts and dramaturgical strategies. Subsequently we produced three infographic videos about Fiadeiro's studio space and practice which invite the viewer to engage with his artistic universe. You find the films here: This article discusses the making of our films in depth:

Documentary Film

The BlackBox team has accompanied João Fiadeiro's latest stage production O que fazer daqui para trás (What to do with what remains) at different stages of the creative process. The resulting documentary film provides priviledged insights into the rehearsal process of the company, and the conceptual and dramaturgical structure of the work. The film was premiered at the Cinemateca in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 15th of December 2017.