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The Role Theatre Can Play In The Emergence Of “Places Of Listening”

IETM will host its forthcoming Plenary meeting in Porto, Portugal, with a specific focus on “Other centres”: new and alternative perspectives and paths in the processes of producing and disseminating the arts. This series reveals how the Portuguese arts sector relates to the topic. Marielle Franco, city councilor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was shot dead on March 14. News reports said that thirteen bullets, which can be traced back to federal police (and were allegedly stolen from a post office), were fired at the car: four hit Marielle Franco’s body; others killed Anderson Gomes, the driver, and injured Fernanda Chaves, Franco’s assistant. On March...

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Experimentalism, Politics, And Utopia: Portuguese Theatre At The Beginning Of The 20th Century And On The Threshold Of The New Millennium

This article was originally published as ‘Introduction’ to the edited collection entitled Contemporary Portuguese Theatre: Experimentalism, Politics And Utopia [Working Title] (edited by Rui Pina Coelho). Lisboa: Teatro Nacional D. Maria II / Bicho do Mato, 2017. We are grateful to the publisher for granting us permission to re-publish this article. The notable history of theatre in Portugal, throughout the entire 20th century and on into the 21st, has created rather propitious conditions for shaping an artistic scene that is unabashedly open to experimentation, resolute in terms of politics, and adamantly driven by utopia. Thus, we will argue that experimentalism, politics,...

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Towards Cultural Access And Participation In Portugal

You can also read this article in French. IETM will host its forthcoming Plenary meeting in Porto, Portugal, with a specific focus on Other Centers: new and alternative perspectives and paths in the processes of producing and disseminating the arts. This series reveals how the Portuguese arts sector relates to the topic. In Portugal, like in many other countries, the general understanding of what cultural participation is—and, consequently, the barriers to it—is limited to the act of visiting or attending. Interest and participation in culture is mainly measured by attendance numbers at museums, monuments, theatres, concerts, and libraries. According to the European Commission’s...

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Between Local and Global: Artistic programming and “glocal” challenges (Part 2/2)

Szabolcs Musca in conversation with Mark Deputter, Artistic Director of Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon (Portugal). For Part I of this interview, click here. Mark Deputter was born in 1961 in Belgium. He studied Germanic Languages and Literature, followed by a postgraduate qualification in Drama and Theatre at the University of Leuven. He actively participated in the creation of the Institute for Theatre Studies, the first of its kind in Belgium. He was also a member of the editorial board for Etcetera theatre journal, regularly publishing articles on theatre and dance. In 1988, he became artistic director of the STUC, a small independent...

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Between Local and Global: Artistic Programming and “Glocal” Challenges (Part 1 of 2)

Mark Deputter was born in 1961 in Belgium. He studied Germanic Languages and Literature, followed by a postgraduate qualification in Drama and Theatre at the University of Leuven. He actively participated in the creation of the Institute for Theatre Studies, the first of its kind in Belgium. He was also a member of the editorial board for Etcetera theatre journal, regularly publishing articles on theatre and dance. In 1988, he became artistic director of the STUC, a small independent cultural centre connected to the University of Leuven. During the eight years of his artistic directorship, STUC became one of...

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Interview With João Garcia Miguel, Acclaimed Portuguese Director

The interview was conducted in Guimarães, Portugal, on October 8, 2016, after I saw his play Nós Matámos o Cão Tinhoso at Centro Cultural Vila Flor there. Fadi Fayad Skeiker: Tell me about your life and work. João Garcia Miguel: I began working with music; I used to be a rocker and a fan of rock music in my early youth. I am also interested in poetry, and literature, but when I started thinking about enrolling in the university, I did not know what to study, as I did not have a clear vision that I wanted to be...

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“By Heart” Hits You In-Yer-Heart

Grandma Cândida died some months ago, and her grandson, the Portuguese playwright Tiago Rodrigues, announced it on his Facebook page. Not because he wanted to share his personal life, but because in the last year his grandma came to be beloved by everyone who went to see his play By Heart.   Tiago Rodrigues, who directed, performed, and wrote the play, sets a fully rendered homage to the human memory, to the words we keep in our hearts so we will never forget them. I first went to see the play in Lisbon, at Teatro Maria Matos. I remember sitting...

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National Theatre in Lisbon: Doors Wide Open

After Tiago Rodrigues was appointed Director of Dona Maria National Theatre, in Lisbon, in October 2014, we knew things were bound to change. The award-winning young director of Mundo Perfeito (The Perfect World), now famous worldwide as author and director of such plays as Sadness and Joy in the Life of the Giraffes, Three Fingers Below the Knee, and By Heart, not only brought his own plays into the repertoire of Portuguese National Theatre international tours (the last two were recently presented as part of the Iberian Suite at the Kennedy Center, for example), but also introduced in a...

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“(Dis)Individuation: (Dis)Concert for Bernard Stiegler” at The Carlos Alberto Theatre

On March 10, 2016, in the Carlos Alberto Theatre (Experimental Theatre of the National Theatre of Porto, Oporto, Portugal), the play (Des)Individuação: (Des)Concerto para Bernard Stiegler premiered. As can be inferred from the title, this play was inspired by the work of the contemporary French philosopher Bernard Stiegler, namely his perspectives on the concept of technical and collective Individuation (the process of constructing the Self as a singularity) as construed by Gilbert Simondon. In spite of this philosophical framework, the intention was never to reproduce its contents literally but rather to raise collective critical discussion, using its matter as...

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