Oliveira & Bachtler create work rooted in human nature, generating a unique and multi-faceted physical language supported by circus, theatre and movement. With great regard for ambience, they compose to evoke visceral and scenic paintings into the space.
Company Oliveira & Bachtler was founded by Sage Bachtler Cushman and Hugo Oliveira in 2014. The duo met when hired for the creation of NoFit State’s multi-award winning show, Bianco, in 2012. They completed several Bianco tours together before dedicating themselves to Oliveira & Bachtler. On tour Sage and Hugo became acquainted with each other’s ethos, performance and education. Off tour they began having coffees punctuated with sardonic humour and copious amounts of laughter. Surprised, they found their guffawing was followed by a quiet tenacity and life’s most delicate disclosures. Understanding each others artistry and drive was the just beginning of their creative alliance.
Production, Recognition & Awards
Supported and funded by the Wales Millennium Centre’s creative development program, Incubator, Sage and Hugo composed their first collaboration Portus in 2014. This initial stage of development was presented at the Wales Millennium Centre’s Weston Studio. Chapter’s creative producer of dance programme Coreo Cymru, in association with Chapter and NoFit State Circus, subsequently selected the company to create work in two stages of development. The first stage presented their second collaboration Desert Trees to an international panel at the 2015 Wales Dance Platform. Upon presentation, Company Oliveira & Bachtler were offered continued support and funding through Coreo Cymru and Arts Council of Wales to develop a full- length production entitled OTUS. Oliveira & Bachtler also received support from the Black-E, CASE Cultural do Porto and Cia UmporUm, as well as funding from the Arts Council of England. In 2016 they presented the company’s first tour of OTUS at the Dance House Wales Millennium Centre, Festival De Novo Circo, The Riverfront, The Black-E and Theatre Brycheiniog with support from Coreo Cymru, Chapter and the Arts Council of Wales’ Lottery Scheme. In 2017 Company Oliveira & Bachtler received invitation from the Instituto Nacional De Artes Do Circo (INAC) to create and direct DEMUDAR, a show commissioned by the Internacional Festival Vaudeville Rendez-Vous for presentation in the festival. In 2018, Festival Vaudeville Rendez-Vous commissioned Oliveira & Bachtler directly, co-producing Kadok which was then presented in Braga, Guimarães and Famalicão for the festival. In the same year Oliveira & Bachtler was asked to collaborate with Grandpa’s Lab, a video mapping company, to create and perform Lenda Da Moura which was presented in front of 10,000 people in Chaves. OTUS was presented in Famalicão and São João da Madeira in 2018 and in Teatro Viriato, Teatro Municipal de Bragança, Teatro Municipal de Vila Real and Centro de Artes de Ovar in 2019. In 2020 OTUS played in O Teatro das Figuras. The show will continue to tour Portugal being presented in Convento São Francisco in 2021 as well being selected by Circuslink to present in Festival Vaudeville Rendez-Vous (PT), Dynamo (DK) and Biennale Internationale des Arts du Cirque (FR) in 2021 and 2022.