19 Fri 21.00h20 Sat 16.00h
CAMPO ALEGRE Stage Auditorium
2.50€ (children and school groups) ou 7.00€ (adults) • 1.00h • >12
with Leonardo Simões & Irmã Lúcia
After catastrophe, separation, loss or abandonment, good memories can always take us by surprise in the most unexpected moments, triggered by a flavour, a melody, a play or a story, and awake in us some recognition, a memory, a long-forgotten landscape, a smile. However, in the same way a place, a moment, an action carries us to distant lands and people, the first time we meet a city, its inhabitants and its features or exceptions, we experience contradictory feelings of being welcomed and longing, of near future and ancient past, of somehow returning home even if it’s the exact opposite of what we used to call home. We shall start from these impressions of Porto from the point of view of someone who has just arrived or has always lived there to build these other Boas Memórias [Good Memories], which in a way also build the city without belonging to one single tradition, nationality or place. Wandering through Porto through the eyes of a foreigner or through the stories of an expert (be it a distinguished historian or the oldest inhabitant), through the one living there against his will and building his own private world in dialogue with the ways of the city, or through the one who arrived chasing a loved one, we shall chart a Porto of impressions over its architecture and geography, inviting the whole world to its cathedral or its table, picturing, groping, tasting the manifold cities sinking into it, dying in it, but also being reborn and metamorphosing within it. Culture (theatre, music, literature and gastronomy alike), more than a belonging, is a journey. It is an encounter. Patrícia Portela and Leonardo Simões invite a team of experts in several kinds of longing to come together for eight months and join them as they uncover and recreate an unheard-of Porto that will belong to the Boas Memórias of whoever comes and shares it and participates in the installation-performance-banquet. – Patrícia Portela
PATRÍCIA PORTELA (1974) creates performances and literary works, living between Portugal and Belgium. She studied stage design (Lisbon), space dramaturgy (Utrecht and Antwerp), film (Ebeltoft) and philosophy (Leuven). Known both at home and abroad for her unique works, she collected several awards, of which she highlights the Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Award for Flatland I (2005) and the Theatre in the Decade Award for Wasteband (2003). She made the shortlist of the 2015 Media Art Sonae Award with the installation Parasomnia, which is still touring the world. She was the first literary grantee at the Portuguese Embassy in Berlin, Germany, in 2016, and she writes chronicles for the newspaper Jornal de Letras since 2017.
LEONARDO RIBEIRO SIMÕES was born in Viseu, in 1964. In 1985, he joined the Lisbon Theatre and Film School to study film. He completed his bachelor’s degree in 1990, and started working as a freelance camera assistant in film productions. His first feature as a cinematographer came in 2002 with Antes que o Tempo Mude, by Luís Fonseca. In 2007, he completed a degree in scriptwriting. He worked as cinematographer or cameraman with artists from different fields—theatre, video art, music video, documentary film and fiction film. He highlights the collaborations with film directors Pedro Costa, Pedro Caldas, Joaquim Sapinho and Vítor Gonçalves, artists João Onofre, Vasco Araújo, Jemima Stehli and Stan Douglas, and theatre director Patrícia Portela.