Vinte Minutos - © DR

© DR

Paralelo Programme



27 Fri 19.00h 28 Sat 17.00h

RIVOLI Small Auditorium

7.00€ • 1.30h • >12 

Vinte Minutos

ACE - Escola de Artes + Balleteatro + ESAP - Escola Superior Artística do Porto + ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo

“Twenty Minutes” is a Teatro Municipal do Porto project addressing 2018/2019 final-year students at one of the following Porto’s art schools: ACE – School of Arts, balleteatro, ESAP – Porto Higher School of Arts and ESMAE – Higher School of Music and Performing Arts. Its main goal is to present present new creations developed and performed exclusively by students. 
Artistic supervision Joana Von Mayer Trindade & Nuno Simões
Leonor Reis & Teresa Cruz 
ACE — Escola de Artes 

Different forms of liberation. An approach to freedom, a notion established as the goal/purpose of life, the ecstasy of happiness in an autobiographic sense. Despite seeming to be a general, nearly universal notion, it means something in particular for everyone, a clear expression of one’s nature. Different paths, contradictory even, in the attempt to reach the same state: freedom. 

Matilde Gandra*
Nada É Mais Real Que Nada

“Habitemos um corpo e um espaço. Um espaço onde não acontece nenhuma ação, onde só estamos. Comunicamos através de uma voz. Uma voz que não é a nossa, que é a dos outros, como também é a nossa porque só existimos nós. Procuramos a nossa lição.” - Excertos da obra “Inominável”, de Samuel Beckett.

Tânia Teixeira
ESAP — Escola Superior Artística do Porto 

“Tangente” [Tangent] is build as a triptych—Sound, Body, Word—motivated by the desire to explore the language that dialogues lack: a sequence of sounds, followed by movements of the performing bodies, and lastly the word, which is written and never spoken. One can foresee an element of reflexion right in the title. This play unfolds in a minimalist setting, and in spite of the classic references it embraces experimentation and withdraws from any autonomous art genres.

Catarina Fonseca, Luciana Sanhudo, Rafael Pereira, Vítor M. de Sousa, Teresa Fonseca e Costa, Raquel Santos, Ana Beatriz Camelo, Sofia Fonseca, Pedro Guimarães, Inês Arinto 
ESMAE — Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo 
Linha 701

A bus stop. Six passengers queue up. Six passengers with different destinations. Six passengers with different reasons for the same trip. Each with his own life, his own story. Each with a way of looking at the same subject. Six passengers waiting for the bus. While doing so, they engage in a discussion. An issue, one same issue affecting much more than six passengers of the same bus. This issue is depicted through the actual statements of more than these six people, which we gathered over the course of a research process.
Created and performed by Leonor Reis Teresa Cruz
Lighting and stage effects João Pinto Félix
Sound Rafael Couto
Set design and costumes Matilde Brito
Co-produced by Rute Marques da Silva

Nada É Mais Real Que Nada
Created and performed by Matilde Gandra

Artistic director Tânia Teixeira
Production director Maria Moreira
Sound design João Monteiro
Lighting design André Amaral
Makeup and production assistant Alexandra Coelho
Costumes design Ana Abelha

Linha 701
Cast Catarina Fonseca, Luciana Sanhudo, Rafael Pereira, Vítor M. de Sousa, Teresa Fonseca e Costa
Set design Raquel Santos
Costumes Ana Beatriz Camelo, Sofia Fonseca
Lghting and sound design Pedro Guimarães
Produced by Inês Arinto
Participation Sófia Fonseca


Approach Programme to Performing Arts

This programme, implemented by Teatro Municipal do Porto, develops and presents a variety of proposals linked to the programme and for all audiences. It thus puts forward a series of actions taking place at Rivoli and Campo Alegre, ranging from performances to workshops, from encounters to long term projects, from talks to guided tours. Given that one of its main purposes is mediation, it is crucial to focus on the variety of existing audiences, as well as on the fostering of an active, critical participation that enhances reflection upon the performing arts, and a close and constructive relation to their creators. While it offers performances and activities specifically meant for schools and families on a monthly basis, Paralelo also provides other audiences with the chance to regularly and jointly approach performing arts with different proposals and approaches.

PROGRAMME 2019/2020

Performances for School Groups and Families

They are presented under the Programa Paralelo, performances that target children, young people and families. These performances also have sessions for school groups.
Patrícia Portela [New dates

Patrícia Portela [New datesBoas memórias

Paralelo Programme
12 Sat 19.00h 13 Sun 17.00h
Teatro Campo Alegre


Workshops & Masterclasses

These are practical activities that bring together national and international creators who present their work at Teatro Municipal do Porto and the several audiences (students, professionals, curious people with or without experience) of different age groups. They foster a better understanding of the work we present here, of the parties involved and of the creative process as a whole. Each workshop or master class is €2.50, or free upon presentation of ticket for the corresponding performance.

Aquecimento Paralelo

Once a month, this workshop challenges the spectators to try a given performance’s idea or movement out right before watching it. It not only enables a brief approach to different languages, it also allows all those who participate in it (with or without experience) to relate to the performances in a way that is rather different than the usual. Each Paralelo Warm Up is 2.50€, or free upon presentation of ticket for the corresponding performance.


Based on the season’s performances, the main topic is performing arts, and everyone is invited to the conversation, which is first and foremost meant to be participatory and enriching. These encounters promote a wide-ranging debate on a specific topic, vary in length, and may take place at the Theatre, schools or unconventional places.

Post-performance talks

This season, we challenged three guests to moderate these talks. Every now and then, someone from Teatro Municipal do Porto’s programming team or some other guest may take on that role. The post-performance talk doesn’t last long (around half an hour), and its goal is to engage directly with the artists and to get closer to the basic ideas and processes behind the piece that has just been presented and about which we’d like to know more.

Ongoing projects

Every year we have undertaken a long term project, always with specific groups of participants. The projects can focus on different artistic fields, and they allow for a continuing practice over several months. They also encourage sharing among the group, and raising awareness and acknowledgement that performing arts can and must be for all. This season’s long term project, “O Amigo Secreto” [The Secret Friend], challenges and questions the holders of the Teatro Municipal do Porto’s Friend Card on the concept of “friendship” and on what it means, after all, to be friends with a theatre.

Spectator workshop

Aged 8 to 13
We propose to this group to watch, together, the performances presented under the Parallel. After each work, Tomás Carneiro, of Public Philosophy, challenges them to question and to discover the various looks that the Performative Arts make possible

Aged 14 to 18
This will be a place to discover, reflect and share. Starting from the different proposed performances, we try to construct a joint critical thought, a result of the individuality of each one. It is intended to start from the experience of Angela Diaz Quintela to propose challenges, influence and be influenced by the natural transformation of thought. Provide a space of constant questioning and openness, losing the fear of not liking or not perceiving, thus recognizing the importance that this place has for the various artistic areas.

Older than 18 
Once a month, this group attends a performance of the Teatro Municipal do Porto. After the performance, Tomás Carneiro, from Philosophy, proposes an informal conversation. The challenge is for everyone to have the opportunity to question and be questioned, to discover (or not) other perspectives, and, above all, to be able to share.

Duration: once a month from October 2019 to July 2020. Tickets to the performances 2.50€. To apply for one of the groups or for further information, e-mail us at:


Twenty Minutes

“Twenty Minutes” is a Teatro Municipal do Porto project taking place during the 2018/2019 school year and involving final-year students at one of Porto’s following art schools: ACE – School of Arts; balleteatro; ESAP – Porto Higher School of Art, and ESMAE – School of Music and Performing Arts. Its main goal is to present new creations developed and performed exclusively by students. 

Guided tours

The Teatro Municipal do Porto opens the doors of its two poles, Rivoli and Campo Alegre, in order to unveil its frames. A guided tour that intends to make known these two Theaters, but also the work that is developed here and the team that works in them.

11.00h — 12.30h


Catarina Mesquita (Production) 
Vanessa Freitas (Technical department) 


Francisco Teles (Technical department)

Marina Freitas (Production)


Minimum 6 and maximum 25 participants 
Registration for

Aside from the dates mentioned, there is also the possibility of organising group tours.
This service may be provided at request upon prior application to
Appointing the visit is contingent on the availability of the teams and on the theatre’s activities.
Translation in English, French and Portuguese Sign Language may be provided whenever requested.

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Solidary dress rehearsals

This initiative proposes that the general rehearsal of a particular performance or artist be promoted to the benefit of social solidarity institutions through the transfer of tickets, which the institution in turn makes available to its members and the public at symbolic values. The amount raised goes entirely to the institutions.

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