Silent Pact (2018)

A dance-theatre performance of voice and dance improvisation.

A dance-theatre piece by Paula Guzzanti (dance artist) & Una Lee (sound artist)

(Duration 20 mins)

Silent Pactcame about through re-visiting an event that affected me deeply on a personal level. Back in 2015, I received a letter from my mother with a poem entitled Silent Pact. Her letter tells the story of having to keep me in secret, as she got pregnant three months before her wedding. I discovered my real birthday was three months earlier than the date I have celebrated all my life. Three years later, I was commissioned to create a performance for International Women’s Day in Belfast — the theme was women’s silenced voices. After considering various stories of women that were close to me, I remembered my mother’s letter. This intimate personal event became the driving force for creating Silent Pact.

Silent Pact. Live documentation of performance 8th March, 2018.
This is the screen-dance version of the live performed ‘Silent Pact’.
A video essay reflecting on the emergence of choreographic material in ‘Silent Pact’ (2018).

A visual-temporal map of ‘Silent Pact’

I have produced a visual exposition for expanding on the making process of this performance project. This is hosted in the Research Catalogue:


  • International Women’s Day Celebrations, PS Square Gallery, Belfast, 8th March 2018.


  • Artistic Doctorates in Europe, Chichester University, June 2018.
  • Speakers’ Series, SenseLab, Concordia University, Montreal, May 2018.

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