‘Meia História Encaixa’ by Dança em Diálogos | Tavira

‘Meia História Encaixa’ by Dança em Diálogos | Tavira

The Arte Institute partners with Dança em Diálogos to present ‘Meia-história Encaixa’, choreographed reading and movement workshop, based on José Saramago’s ‘Convent Memorial’.

Biblioteca Municipal de Tavira
R. da Comunidade Lusíada nº 21, 8800-397 Tavira
March 8 and 9, 2022 (school session)

Based on the literary work ‘Memorial do Convento’ by José Saramago, MEIA-HISTÓRIA ENCAIXA appears as an integral part of the educational program associated with the creation of the ballet ‘Memorial do Convento’. As a first contact with Saramago’s work, this choreographed reading and workshop for children unites the literary universe with the possibilities of dance as a narrative expression that starts with the body and movement. The sonority of the word and the narration of the story find an echo in the performer’s body that chains itself in a narrative movement between the characters.

Can a single choreographic body bring about the fluency that narrates the stories of Baltasar, Blimunda, Friar Lawrence, and other characters in the novel? And where do the wills come from? And how does the construction of a convent emerge as the setting for a love story that is surrounded by the greatest complexities of human attitude? After the choreographic reading follows a workshop where children are invited to explore the narrative basis of movement and how it proposes to characterize the figures, space and time of the novel’s action.

Creation ||
| Ângelo Cid Neto

Text ||
| José Saramago (excerpts from the novel Memorial do Convento)
| Fernando Duarte (additional text)

Dramaturgy, text selection and stage props ||
| Solange Melo
| Fernando Duarte
| Ângelo Cid Neto

Costumes ||
| José António Tenente

Voiceover ||
| Solange Melo

Sound design ||
| Ângelo Cid Neto

Performance ||
| Valentina Codinha

Production ||
| Dança em Diálogos

Co-Production ||
| Cineteatro Louletano
| Casa das Artes de Vila Nova de Famalicão
| Teatro José Lúcio da Silva

Institutional Support ||
| Fundação José Saramago

Creative Support ||
| Polo Cultural das Gaivotas-Boavista
| Câmara Municipal de Lisboa