Opening day for the Comuna and ACTA

37º de Festival Almada

The 16th is a premiere day for two Portuguese companies: A Comuna – Research Theater, opens at 9:30 pm, in the Fernando Lopes-Graça Auditorium, of the Romeu Correia Municipal Forum, “As artimanhas de Scapin”, by Moliére, staged by João Mota; ACTA – Companhia de Teatro do Algarve, also opens at 9:30 pm, but at the Cine-Teatro of Academia Almadense, Instructions to abolish Christmas, by Michael Mackenzie, staged by Isabel dos Santos.

The Festival starts at 18h, at the Esplanada do TMJB, with a conversation with Nuno Carinhas, director of CTA’s Winter Travel. This conversation is moderated by Rita Martins.

At 9:30 pm, in addition to the premieres of the Commune and ACTA, you can also see, in the TMJB Experimental Room, Mártir, by CTA, and in the Ballroom of the Incredible Almadense, Johan Padan a la discover de le Americhe, by Dario Fo.

Instructions to abolish Christmas

(Cine-Teatro da Academia Almadense, days 16, 17, 18 and 19, at 21:30; day 19 also at 16h.) M / 14 1h20

Canadian director, filmmaker and playwright Michael Mackenzie debuted this text in 2011, revisiting the processes and shock waves of the so-called subprime crisis, which originated in the United States in 2007 and arrived in Europe in 2008. Thus it portrayed a global economic system taken hostage by the financial sector – an impenetrable and dehumanized universe, driven from behind closed doors in which the lives of countries with risky investment funds are played. The text would come to know a new version, in a narrative now contextualized by the uncertainty of the consequences of Brexit. “I hope that this piece will give you a glimpse, however small, of the dark and fragile mechanism of the machine of the world economic system, through these two characters caught in the whirlwind of their collapse and in the implosion of their own lives”, wrote the author. Lives that in this new version are exposed as emanations of deformed humanity, marked by sociopathy and the dysfunctionality (of tragic contours) of blood ties, in an evocation of the great classical myths of Antiquity.

  • BY Michael Mackenzie
  • SCENE Isabel dos Santos
  • TRANSLATION Isabel dos Santos and Sara Mendes Vicente
  • CENOGRAPHY Jean-Guy Lecat
  • INTERPRETATION Luís Vicente and Sara Mendes Vicente

“As artimanhas de Scapin”

(Fernando Lopes-Graça Auditorium of the Romeu Correia Municipal Forum, on the 16th and 17th, at 9:30 pm; on the 18th, at 6 pm; and on the 19th, at 3 pm, and at 9:30 pm) M / 12 1:30 am

This is one of Molière’s best-known comedies (1622-1673), a prose play and in three acts, performed for the first time in Paris in 1671. Strongly marked by the popular and expressionist spirit and expression of the commedia dell’arte, it is based on enredo de Formião, a play from classical antiquity by the poet Terêncio (represented by the first in 161 BC). Initially criticized for its aesthetics, considered too popular and even offensive, this comedy would gain enormous popularity after the death of its author, becoming one of the most represented plays in the French theatrical repertoire. The show, staged by João Mota uses the 1962 translation by the Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987).

  • DE Molière
  • TRANSLATION Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  • SCENE João Mota
  • SCENIC SPACE João Mota
  • DESIGN OF LIGHT Paulo Graça
  • INTERPRETATION Carlos Paulo, Daniela Santos, Gonçalo Botelho, Hugo Franco, Igor Sampaio, Marco Paiva, Miguel Sermão, Patrícia Fonseca and Rogério Vale
  • PRODUCTION Carlos Bernardo and Rosário Silva.

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