Criadores portugueses marcam presença no 14º Alkantara Festival

Portuguese creators at the 14th Alkantara Festival

Alkantara Festival - international festival of performative arts - returns on May 25 to various venues in Lisbon. This year´s edition will have six Portuguese artists (João dos Santos Martins, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, Cláudia Dias, Gonçalo Waddington and Luna Pena) in its roster presenting their latest works. 

Performer and dancer João dos Santos Martins, winner of the 2016 Dance Category Award of the Portuguese Society of Authors for his work Projeto Continuado, will present on May 27 and 28 alongside French choreographer Cyriaque Villemaux the performance Autointitulado (photo) at Centro Cultural de Belém (Box Nova).

The duo Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, currently in residency at Espaço Alkantara´s studio, are preparing their four performances for the Festival: Objects (May 28), Writing (May 29), Text (June 4) and Voice (June 5).

From June 3 until 5 Cláudia Dias will present at Maria Matos Teatro Municipal her latest creation: Monday: Watch out for the Right! This performance aims to re-create a boxing match with clear political outlines. It is the first of a cycle to be presented by the artist - Seven Years, Seven Presentations - and features the work of Spanish director Pablo Fidalgo Lareo.

The world premiere of actor, director, screenplay-writer and producer Gonçalo Waddington´s Our Favorite Sport - Now will be presented at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II from June 9 until 11. It is the first part of a tetralogy where the author proposes "a reflection on our evolution as a universal species" featuring a cast of talented actors: Carla Maciel, Crista Alfaiate, Pedro Gil, Romeu Runa and Tonan Quito.

Singer, guitarist, composer and interpreter Lula Pena will be at São Luiz Teatro Municipal on June 11 for the closing concert of the festival where she will present her latest album Archivo Pittoresco, to be released by Belgian label Crammed Discs in the Fall.

We will soon announce the Portuguese cast for There are Rules! - a collaborative project by Collectif Jambe focused on the construction and deconstruction of game rules which will initiate with a five day workshop and will be presented publicly at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II on June 10 and 11.