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2020/2021 season: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, CNB and Jérôme Bel are some of the highlights at TMP in the next few months

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2020/2021 season: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, CNB and Jérôme Bel are some of the highlights at TMP in the next few months
Six months after placing its programme on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided that health regulations allow it, Teatro Municipal do Porto (TMP) will resume its activity on September 17. The new season comprises rescheduled performances and premieres, and dance has a prominent place.

It begins with OCD Love, by Israelis Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar, the founders of the dance company L-E-V and the creators of a series of works hailed by critics worldwide. The piece has its Portuguese premiere on September 25 and 26 at Teatro Rivoli’s Great Auditorium.

On October 29 and 30, TMP presents the latest creation by Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Mal – Embriaguez Divina [Evil], which is part of a special programme dedicated to the work of this choreographer and dancer. Aside from the soon-to-be-announced performances, this ten-day programme curated by researcher and critic Alexandra Balona includes several film sessions, lectures and workshops.

We should also highlight two events rescheduled for this season. First, For Four Walls, RainForest and Sounddance, three pieces included in the programme presented by the National Choreographic Centre – Ballet de Lorraine in 2019 to celebrate the one hundredth birthday of Merce Cunningham, one of the greatest names in the history of modern dance, which can be seen on November 13 and 14 at Rivoli’s Great Auditorium. Then, Canzone per Ornella and Postcards from Vietnam, bringing German choreographer Raimund Hoghe, who was Pina Bausch’s dramatist for a decade, back to Rivoli’s stage along with dancer Ornella Ballestra—widely know for her work with Swiss choreographer Maurice Béjart—and two of his favourite performers, Takashi Ueno and Ji Hye Chung.

February will be a busy month. TMP will host the cult piece The show must go on (February 12 and 13), by French choreographer Jérôme Bel, who stands out for his political, provocative propensity. Two decades after its premiere, the piece, which can be seen as a choreographic playlist, is restaged with 20 local performers (from Lisbon and Porto), being co-presented with Culturgest (Lisbon) and Teatro Viriato (Viseu). On February 19 and 20, the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) will bring to Rivoli Dançar em tempo de guerra [Dancing During Wartime], a programme that brings together two pieces, Chronicle and The Green Table (last performed by CNB in 1987), both created in the 1930s by choreographers Martha Graham and Kurt Jooss.

Chekhov marathon opens season in September

A ten-our performance to watch four of Anton Chekhov’s main plays: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. Portuguese director and actor Tónan Quito presents A vida vai engolir-vos [Life Will Swallow You], a play that marks the return of TMP’s programme, divided into two parts that can be seen at Rivoli (part one, September 17 and 19) and Teatro Nacional São João (part two, September 18 and 19). This performance takes place in the scope of the União de Facto [Consensual Union] programme, a partnership established between the two theatres, and it is also co-produced and co-presented by Teatro Nacional D. Maria II and São Luiz Teatro Municipal (Lisbon), which host the performance between September 1 and 12.

Teatro Municipal do Porto will publicly announce its programme for the 2020/2021 season on September 8.

You’ll be able to purchase Assinatura 6 for 40 euros at the ticket offices of Teatro Rivoli and Teatro Campo Alegre and at the online ticket office until September 25. This subscription provides you with access to all the dance performances mentioned above: OCD Love, Mal – Embriaguez Divina, For Four Walls + RainForest + Sounddance, Canzone per Ornella + Postcards from Vietnam, The show must go on, and Chronicle + A Mesa Verde.