Lígia Soares

A minha vitória como ginasta de alta competição

Lígia Soares

© Alípio Padilha

Retratos IV

February

24/02 fri 19:30
25/02 sat 19:30

CAMPO ALEGREAuditorium

dance ⁄ artistic gymnastics ⁄ competitiveness ⁄ focus
Premiere
Price 7€
Duration 1h30
Age rating To be assigned by CCE
Doing incredible things, exceeding ourselves, being the best at something, ‘champs’ as grandfathers call their grandsons, is still seen as a noble feature of humankind. It is that determination that we find in the people destined to win that served as an example to us, driving us to also win so many contests, long for challenges and exceed ourselves. What we never understood is what good that did to the world. This piece is meant to be said by two gymnasts as they prepare for high-level competition, collapsing with the impossibility of keeping focus in the face of present-day dilemmas. — Lígia Soares


Lígia Soares is a Portuguese choreographer and playwright. Her work has been presented at home and abroad, appearing in several theatre and contemporary dance programmes. Together with Andresa Soares, she was the artistic director of Máquina Agradável between 2001 and 2014. She also developed several programming contexts with other artists such as Demimonde or Face-a-Face. Since 2015, she has focused her research on finding scenic devices that include the presence of the spectator as part of the performance’s dramaturgy. Her plays Romance, Cinderela [Cinderella], Civilização [Civilisation] and Memorial have been published by Douda Correria. She won an artistic and literary creation grant from the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries (DGLAB) in 2020.

Retratos IV

February

24/02 fri 19:30
25/02 sat 19:30

CAMPO ALEGREAuditorium

dance ⁄ artistic gymnastics ⁄ competitiveness ⁄ focus
Premiere
Price 7€
Duration 1h30
Age rating To be assigned by CCE
Created, written and directed by Lígia Soares
Performed by Lígia Soares, Maria Jorge, Beatriz Lapa, Rita Cerqueira
Music João Lucas
Set design Henrique Ralheta
Lighting Rui Monteiro
Production director Mariana Dixe
Direction and creation assistance Beatriz Gaspar
Co-production residency O Espaço do Tempo
Residency Festival Materiais Diversos
Co-production Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural de Belém, Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Festival Materiais Diversos
Suppport Ginásio Clube Português, Federação de Ginástica de Portugal, Vidalgym
Acknowledgment Ana Pinheiro, André Nogueira, Artur Romão Pereira, Filomena Palma, Hugo Oliveira, Joana Carvalho, Nuno Vidal, Sara Monteiro, Sara Nabais, Teresa Simas, Tiago Portilha

A Minha Vitória Como Ginasta De Alta Competição was written with the support of DGLAB - General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries.