The first two weeks of the 14th Alkantara Festival witnessed several sold-out shows in numerous venues. From the thrilling opening show What if they went to Moscow? – which brought together Christiane Jatahy’s team and the audience in a demonstration against the ongoing Brazilian coup – to the premiere of Cláudia Dias’ boxing show Monday: Watch out for the right! in the same day of Muhammad Ali’s passing, Alkantara 2016 is proving to be an unforgettable journey.
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Morocco-born choreographers Taoufiq Izeddiou and Radouan Mriziga will wrap the five solo cycle at São Luiz Teatro Municipal with En Alerte – one of the most praised shown from the latest KunstenFestivaldesArts – and with 55 – an unique architectural performance measured to the scale of the dancer’s body.
Three radically different proposals arrive from Spain: a dive into Galician popular culture with Os Contos de Joselín; Escenas para una conversación después del visionado de una película de Michael Haneke from El Conde de Torrefiel – one of Europe´s most radical young companies for the first time in Portugal – and the installation/performance We Need to Talk, by Roger Bernat.
Philippe Quesne’s philosophical moles dug their way to Culturgest, whereas D. Maria II will host Aqui há regras!, a performance which is the result of a 5-day workshop organized by Collectif Jambe, featuring several Portuguese artists including Anabela Teixeira and Jorge Andrade (mala voadora).
Gonçalo Waddington’s highly anticipated new work O Nosso Desporto Preferido – Presente is expected to thrill the audience with three dates at D. Maria II before traveling to Porto, where it will be presented at the Rivoli Theatre (39th FITEI)
The closing show belongs to Lula Pena, who will unveil the songs from her new record Archivo Pittoresco at São Luiz.
Photo © Bruno Simão / O Nosso Desporto Preferido – Presente