TMP reveals programming for the second half of the 2021/2022 season

90th Anniversary Teatro Rivoli, tribute to Raimund Hoghe and a focus dedicated to Phia Ménard are some of the highlights

TMP reveals programming for the second half of the 2021/2022 season

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One of the highlights is the celebration, in January, of the 90th Anniversary of Teatro Rivoli. Between April and May, Porto, Gaia and Matosinhos once again host the DDD – Festival Dias da Dança. Until July it is possible to watch the creations of artists and collectives, such as Phia Ménard, Marco Martins, Marcelo Evelin, Nuno Lucas or mala voadora. The Teatro Municipal do Porto programme also has a tribute to the German choreographer Raimund Hoghe.

The main highlight of the start of the programming for the second half of season 2021/2022 at Teatro Municipal do Porto (TMP) is the anniversary of Teatro Rivoli. It's been 90 years of being part of the cultural and social life of the city of Porto. Between January 18th and 23rd, TMP promotes a special programme made up of creations by artists from the city, which will take place in Rivoli and Campo Alegre. One of the news is that this year's festivities will extend to the spaces of the various cultural partners (and Rivoli's neighbors), such as Coliseu Porto Ageas, Palácio do Bolhão, Maus Hábitos and Passos Manuel. The full programme will be unveiled early next year.
Also in January, and also at Rivoli, it will be possible to watch 12 Light Effects (January 12th to 23rd), the most recent creation of the Teatro da Palmilha Dentada company, with the contribution of musicians Manel Cruz, Elísio Donas, Kinorm, Peixe and Nuno Prata. From January 14th to 16th, the stage of the Grande Auditório will host another incursion by the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB) to the city, this time with the programme Noite Branca, comprising three works: Concerto Barocco, Shostakovich Pas de Deux and Snow. The moment marks the first choreography for CNB by Luís Marrafa, the return to the company of the French teacher and choreographer Yannick Boquin, and the revisiting of one of the most emblematic works by George Balanchine, Concerto Barocco, 37 years after his premiere at CNB, in 1984.

TMP dedicates programming focus to Phia Ménard

After several reschedulings due to the pandemic context, the TMP audience will finally be able to meet, in February, the multidisciplinary French artist Phia Ménard. Between February 18th and 26th, there will be a programming focus dedicated to the founder of the company Non Nova, which includes the presentation, in national premiere, of the performances Saison Sèche (February 18th and 19th, Rivoli), L'Après-midi d'un foehn - Version 1 (proposed for schools, February 23th, Campo Alegre) and the first part of the trilogy Contes immoraux – Maison mére (February  25th and 26th, Rivoli).
This programme, which marks the beginning of the "Cross Season" between Portugal and France, for which the French Government chose the TMP as one of the main Portuguese interlocutors in this exchange, also includes the screening of films and various complementary activities, such as workshops, talks or debates, always focusing on the work of Phia Ménard.
Also in February, the second moment of Retratos [Portraits] takes place — a programme launched at the beginning of this season that seeks to bring together, on the same dates, in different sessions, two artists with projects based on the concept of self-portrait. Retratos II (February 4th and 5th at Campo Alegre, and the 9th at TMP Online) will feature SOLO, by Teresa Coutinho, and Triste in English from Spanish, by Sónia Baptista.
On the February 10th, 11th and 12th, Rivoli will host the premiere of Descanso na tua voz, by Diana Sá / Cão Danado, a piece that, through the scenic device, seeks to “return to the general public the will and responsibility for appropriating an artistic object that, ultimately, only exists because the public makes it exist.”

Two days dedicated to the work of Raimund Hoghe

In March, TMP honors the German choreographer Raimund Hoghe, who died on May 14th, 2021. With the partnership of four more European theaters, An Evening with Raimund will be presented. The performance is composed of fragments of choreographic pieces from 2002 to 2018, assembled by Emmanuel Eggermont and Luca Giacomo Schulte, which will bring to Porto some performers already known to the TMP audience, such as Takashi Ueno, Ornella Balestra or Ji Hye Chung. The piece can be seen, in national premiere, on the March 12th and 13th, at Teatro Rivoli.
The program also includes the screening of the film La jeunesse est dans la tête (March 13th), as well as a series of activities that complement this tribute to the German choreographer. Remember that Raimund Hoghe is considered one of the most important names in contemporary dance, having worked for a decade (1980-1990) as a playwright for Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal. Within the scope of the Teatro Municipal do Porto and DDD – Festival Dias da Dança, he presented in Porto the performances Canzone per Ornella (2021), Postcards from Vietnam (2021), Evening with Judy (2015), Quartet (2015), Songs for Takashi (2016), La Valse (2018) and Moments of Young People (2018).
Throughout March, TMP will also host the premiere of Cornucópia (March 4th and 5th, Rivoli), by the mala voadora theatre company, a piece that is part of the “France-Portugal 2022 Season” programme and will be presented later at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (March 17th to 20th) and at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris (March 25th to 26th). Another of the premieres is OCD Love (March 18th, 19th and 23rd, Rivoli and on TMP Online), by Israelis Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar / L-E-V — a piece that was rescheduled from the previous season to the current one. At the end of the month, from the March 24th to the 26th, Teatro Campo Alegre will host the fourth edition of the TMP programming segment dedicated to “undisciplined speeches”. Double Trouble #4 features the creations of artists Julian Hetzel, Xana Novais and the duo Mafalda Banquart and Emanuel Santos.

Voguing arrives at DDD – Festival Dias da Dança

From April 19th to May 1st, 2022, DDD – Festival Dias da Dança returns to the TMP stages and to other cultural spaces in the cities of Porto, Matosinhos and Gaia. From the extense programme of performances signed by national and international choreographers, Pantera, by the duo Clara Andermatt and João Lucas, stands out, a creation based on the life and work of Cape Verdean musician Orlando Barreto. The performance counts, among others, with the participation of the singer Mayra Andrade.
Back at the festival are the American choreographer Meg Stuart, with her latest performance CASCADE, which has a stunning scenography by Philippe Quesne, and the French Boris Charmatz, recently chosen for the artistic direction of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, who will present his Somnole's latest solo. Both performances are national premieres.
Martim Pedroso will also present his next creation, 5, 6, 7, 8 and One, starring Marlyn Ortiz, dancer and choreographer whose career includes collaborations with pop idols such as Madonna and Britney Spears and numerous forays into the burlesque genre.
On April 30th, DDD will also host a large ballroom – vogue, organized by Nala Revlon and Piny 007. Dedicated to the theme Divinities and with 20 categories in competition, the ball will place Porto on the international itinerary for the vibrant culture of voguing. The full festival schedule will be announced in March.
After the DDD, FITEI – Festival Internacional de Teatro de Expressão Ibérica will follow, which will present its 45th edition between the 10th and 22nd of May.

Creations by Marcelo Evelin, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha and Alessandro Sciarroni

After premiere in March, at Culturgest, in Lisbon, Marco Martins' most recent piece, Selvagem, is presented on April 1st and 2nd, in Campo Alegre, Porto, proposing “a reflection on the use of masks in practices rituals”.
One of the most anticipated returns of this season is Marcelo Evelin, who presents Povo da Mata (working title of the new creation), on June 3rd and 4th, at Campo Alegre, Considered one of the most important names in Brazilian performing arts, Evelin he has already performed on the various stages of TMP with De Repente Fica Tudo Preto de Gente (2014), Matadouro (2015), Dança Doente (2017) and A Invenção da Maldade (DDD – Festival Dias da Dança, 2019). Also in June, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha returns to Rivoli to present Lago Libidinal, the last project as an Associate Artist of TMP for the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons.
In July, and to close the season, TMP presents the performances Augusto (July 2nd, Rivoli), by Alessandro Sciarroni — Italian choreographer who won the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in Venice in 2019 — and Falaise (July 8th and 9th, Rivoli), a creation by Baro D'Evel, a French Catalan circus and performing arts company directed by Camille Decourtye and Blaï Mateu Trias. Both pieces were carried over from the previous one to the present season and will be presented in national premiere.

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