Based on real events, “A Revolta do Milho” is a theatrical recreation of the peasant uprising of June 1942, which took place in Vale da Pedra and involved the populations of the three parishes of Souto da Carpalhosa, Monte Redondo and Bajouca. With the famine caused by the war, peasant revolts were frequent in Portugal, but were stifled by the Salazar regime.

Brief history: maize, essential for feeding the local population, was subject to the policies of the Portuguese dictatorship, which aimed to guarantee the country’s supply at fixed prices. José “Barbeiro”, a major maize producer, was notified to deliver his produce in accordance with the Manifesto. Aware of the Guild’s intentions to confiscate the corn, the population organised itself to prevent the maize from being collected. After several attempts, involving the ringing of the Vale da Pedra church bell and the intervention of the authorities, several people were arrested and convicted, including two women and twelve men from the parishes of Souto da Carpalhosa, Monte Redondo and Bajouca.

After 80 years, the reenactment of “A Revolta do Milho” brings together actors, actresses and musicians from O Gato, CaosArte, Manipulartes and TASE, as well as citizens from the local community. In the 4th edition of BoCA, the groups are performing in Lisbon, bringing to light the memory of this episode of civil resistance, with the fundamental participation of women, omitted from Portuguese history for so many decades.

Next Performances

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  • TERRA COBRE

    01 June 2024 — 02 June 2024
    Serralves

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    16 June 2024 — 18 June 2024
    Wiener festwochen

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures. 

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  • TERRA COBRE

    18 July 2024 — 19 July 2024
    Festival dos Canais

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    06 September 2024 — 07 September 2024
    Nowy Teatr

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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  • The Talking Car

    09 October 2024 — 10 October 2024
    HAU Berlin

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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