Everything comes to life, happens and fades away
This piece continues the series dedicated to Guerra Junqueiro.
We start by working the ephemeral and eternal, both intimately connected to puppet theatre and typical of their physical frailty.
To emphasise this notion, we’ve chosen “earth” (clay, loam) as our working material. Everything comes to life, happens and fades away atop a table made of clay, in front of the audience’s eyes. Puppets, sets and objects come to life and disappear in that moment.
The performers-puppeteers are the “potters” who set the scene, sculpting figures that come to life then fade away and which, during the act, come across terracotta figures that remain intact, with the passage of time.
Does sophism emerge where the ephemeral and eternal meet?
Shape and shapelessness also plays an important role in the desired tone for this performance. It seeks to combine sculpture and pottery with puppet theatre, thus creating a visual metaphor in an intimate setting. Technology (electricity, amplified music, lighting, electronics) has been banned as a self-imposed limitation and challenge.
Writer | Abílio Manuel Guerra Junqueiro
Creation | Amândio Anastácio and Virgínia Fróis
Artistic Director | Amândio Anastácio
Production | Sandra Soares
Set | João Bastos
Voice Off | Dino Samina
Lighting | João Sofio
Video Recording and Editing | Jacinto Antas
Photography | Tiago Fróis
Graphic Design | Baltazar Martins
Production | Alma d’Arame
Supported by | Montemor-o-Novo City Council
Organisation funded by | DGARTES and the Portuguese Government