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149 W Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Saudade: Wishful longing for completeness or wholeness, the yearning for the return of that now gone, a desire for presence as opposed to absence.

Saudade is a interdisciplinary performance inspired by the post-war Berlin in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) and the futuristic dystopia of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982). Both films investigate – through textures, sprawling landscapes, duration of light – a timeless longing. The replicants in Blade Runner long for more life as they approach finite expiration; the angels in Wings of Desire long for the finite and vulnerable experience of living.

Using these films as primary sources, we developed material over three stages of research involving movement, text, sound, images, and movable screens. The result is an interdisciplinary collage, five dancers immersed in visuals, of longing for human experience – Saudade

Saudade: Saudade is a full interdisciplinary performance inspired by two pieces of cinema: post-war Berlin in Wings of Desire and the futuristic dystopia of Blade Runner. Choreography by Rob Kitsos. SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street. Tickets: $25/10 at or call 778-782-9286.