ANDRÉ UERBA he's a Performer, Choreographer and Filmmaker. Born in Lisbon, he grew up in the suburbs with his brother and mother. Using his room or the common attic of the building, in 2006 he started to photograph, creating performative actions staged for the camera. Based in Berlin since 2013, he holds an MA in Arts, Solo/ Dance/ Authorship at HZT Berlin (2015). Alongside working as a performer with various artists, Uerba founded the production house SHORT HOPE, a platform designed to research, create, produce and promote his work. His projects are united by a particular interest in the poetics that emerge within a slower frame of realisation, where the "meaning" is revealed at another pace. Since 2018 his research is focused within the potentialities of slowness, touch and intimacy in a performative context - with the wish to merge it with a holistic approach.
In 2018 with the support of Senate Department for Culture and Europe (Berlin) and Espaço do Tempo he developed the project “Burn Time”, presented in Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Spain & Slovenia. In the same Year "Burn Time" was selected to be presented in the Portuguese Platform for Performing Arts in Montemor-o-Novo.
In 2019 he developed “Pool of Emotions”, an event/ gathering that researches the relation between intimacy and performing arts. Between 2019 and 2020 he started the project “Fire Starter” in the frame of the 1 Year residency at Flutgraben Performance (Berlin). With 3 public (research) presentations, the project was presented last time in February 2020.
In 2021 during a 4 weeks residency at radialsystem, Uerba developed the film “Inviting Moments of Stillness”. Later in 2021 he developed the project “A hole the size of your touch”, presented in the frame of BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts (PT). In 2021 Uerba was part of the Re-Think (Accessibility & Sustainable Mobility) project supported by the Swedish Institute and Norrlandsoperan.
Since 2021 he’s a bodyworker in training from the Institute for Somatic Learning, Sexuality and Bodywork (ISB Berlin).
Uerba performed among others in projects from: Tino Sehgal (This is so Contemporary), Diego Agulló (Dancing the Problem), Julian Weber (A Long Lasting Plié), Bernardo Chatillon (Reindeer Ager), Antonija Livingstone (Male Breast Feeding), Clément Layes (The Eternal Return), Alexandra Pirici (Aggregate), Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (The Print of Sleep), Miguel Moreira (Se eu não puder dançar esta não é a minha revolução), Sandra Man & Moritz Majce (Narkosis), Carlota Lagido (Monster) and worked as artistic collaborator, group coordinator and performer with the duo Ana Borralho & João Galante.
SHORT HOPE is not an institution or yet an official entity. SHORT HOPE is primarily a creative hub informed by André and guests, that looks to re-articulate and re-shape ways of thinking and dynamics of inscription in live works. The name SHORT HOPE emerges in 2018 and echoes the constant and urgent need on reflecting upon the state of society and its bodies - what is urgent now?
SHORT HOPE emerges from a personal point of view where the focus is positioned in looking inwards and working upon oneself - rather than searching in the material world for thing’s to make us happier or feel safe - a perhaps naïve way to re-connect to a forgotten nature, to reconnect with one another. SHORT HOPE is a remembering note written on the mirror: Hope as a state of mind and an ability to operate for something because it feels honest.