PORTUGAL | STAGE PIECE | NEW CREATION

 

Gabriel Ferrandini is one of the most promising musicians of the contemporary music scene in Portugal. Having played with some of the best jazz and experimental musicians of our time (Thurston Moore, Nate Wooley or Alex Zhang Hungtai) and in very diverse contexts, national and international reviews haven’t been sparing any compliments. We have grown used to seeing Ferrandini in a true duel with the drum set, in an act of pure cel- ebration of the present. With an invitation from BoCA, the artist will produce his first stage creation, sharing it with actor Frederico Barata.

“Rosa. Espinho. Dureza.” is made out of three acts: labour, sex, love. As a triptych, in which concepts and materials are interlinked, each act will have an action and object represent its respective “problem”, repeated ad nauseam, testing the persistence and concentration of the performers while inviting the audience to follow them in this demanding physical and musical journey.

On stage, an actor and drummer performing as themselves. Rules, fear, inertia and distraction. Ferrandini tells us “in a life without strength nor faith we can end up in repetitions that won’t take us anywhere, but might bring some kind of social validation. This doesn’t mean losing hope or not suffering in a life more real and fulfilling.” In the end we return to the beginning, as in a cyclical effort, in an allusion to the myth of Sisyphus. Is there any salvation? The truth from the body and the faith one encounters after that tragic violence?

 

Concept and direction Gabriel Ferrandini
Assistant direction Filipa Matta
With Gabriel Ferrandini e Frederico Barata
Sound technician José Alho
Set and light design António Júlio Duarte
Text revision Paulo da Fonseca
Production BoCA
Coproduction Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Teatro Municipal do Porto

Next Performances

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    24 April 2019 — 27 April 2019
    ZDB, Lisbon

    MARIANA TENGNER BARROS

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  • LO FRÍO Y LO CRUEL

    26 April 2019 — 27 April 2019
    Tibães Monastery, Braga

    ANGÉLICA LIDDELL

    In this new creation, having its starting point the Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch narrative as well as the one from Marquis de Sade, the essay “The Cold and The Cruel” (1967) by Gilles Deleuze, Angélica Liddell focuses on the literary and artistic part of perversions, far away from any clinical explanation, where it is highlighted the poetic expression that goes beyond any artistic frontier or discipline to display the relations between father and daughter.

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  • VOLUTA

    26 April 2019 — 30 April 2019
    Tibães Monastery, Braga

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE

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  • FEEL ME. HEAR ME. SEE ME. – Braga

    26 April 2019
    Museum Dom Diogo de Sousa, Braga

    Education and creation project based on HELENA ALMEIDA

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  • PIANO INTERPRETATIONS

    27 April 2019
    Carpintarias de São Lázaro, Lisbon

    KUKURUZ QUARTET PLAYS JULIUS EASTMAN

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  • FEEL ME. HEAR ME. SEE ME. – Porto

    28 April 2019
    Casa das Artes, Porto

    Education and creation project based on HELENA ALMEIDA

    The project honors, through contemporary music, one of the greatest artists of the XX and XXI century, Helena Almeida (1934-2018). Bringing together students from the three main Music universities of Lisbon, Porto and Braga, young composers create new works from the series of the same name by Helena Almeida. The result: a concert that brings together students from the three universities.

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  • FEEL ME. HEAR ME. SEE ME. – Lisbon

    29 April 2019
    São Carlos National Theatre, Lisbon

    Education and creation project based on HELENA ALMEIDA

    The project honors, through contemporary music, one of the greatest artists of the XX and XXI century, Helena Almeida (1934-2018). Bringing together students from the three main Music universities of Lisbon, Porto and Braga, young composers create new works from the series of the same name by Helena Almeida. The result: a concert that brings together students from the three universities.

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  • PAJUBÁ

    30 April 2019
    Lux/Frágil, Lisbon

    LINN DA QUEBRADA

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  • SCOTOMA CINTILANTE

    30 April 2019
    National Theatre São Carlos, Lisbon

    JONATHAN ULIEL SALDANHA

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