16th June to 8th July 2018
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

The migratory experience, in its most varied facets and in the way in which it has given rise to policies of reception or exclusion, is a reality that we will be turning the attention of Teatro Maria Matos to in the months of June and July.

16th–17th June & 7th–8th July 2018
Fórum Migrações

In partnership with the Fórum dos Cidadãos, an association that seeks to activate forms of democratic participation, we will be inviting to the Fórum Migrações a group of 50 Lisbon inhabitants, chosen at random, to discuss and deliberate upon how we can best integrate migrants and refugees in Portugal. The question that will serve as a guideline for these encounters, set to take place in June and July, is: “What conditions must Portugal offer to those arriving in the country?” With their different experiences and social lives, this panel of citizens, who are intended to mirror the diversity of society, will be confronted with academic, political, economic and emotional opinions about the theme of migrations. Over the course of two weekends, the pros and cons will be weighed up, prejudices will be aired, and there will be a mixture of reason, fear, empathy and money. At the end, it is hoped that they will be able to advise us, producing considered and informed recommendations, without the vices of the political establishment or the immediacy of armchair opinions. The result of this process of deliberation will be broadcast on the Teatro Maria Matos weekly podcast.


21st – 22nd June 2018
Migration, mobility and borders
Claire Rodier, Iolanda Évora, Mehdi Alioua

Migration and the different conditions of mobility to which the citizens of the world are subjected is one of the themes that have called for greater political and ethical attention in recent years, a situation that is expected to continue in the near future. Besides the announcements of public policies or news of the humanitarian catastrophes that have been occurring along Europe’s borders, in reality we still know very little about the concrete experiences of those who decide to migrate. In this debate, we attempt to undertake a critical and informed review of these experiences, comparing one perspective, about the reality of the migratory movements taking place in Africa, with another one, which looks at what is happening on European soil.

22nd June 2018
Migrant’scène Rabat, an artistic platform and a springboard for ideas
Mehdi Alioua

Since 2010, the Moroccan associations GADEM and DABATEAR have organised the Migrant’Scène Rabat Festival, with the support of the French association La CIMADE. The aim of this theatre festival is that of creating a space for encounters and debates about the issues that the Moroccans did not previously talk about enough: the laws governing foreigners and asylum conditions in Morocco, etc. We should therefore like to gather together artists, militants, researchers, teachers and educators in order to debate these issues and to begin a process of miscegenation, both on stage and in the audience: migrant men and women should be visible. Since its first edition, the festival has paid particular attention to the diversity and miscegenation that are to be found in its audience, on stage (with the participation of both amateur and professional artists and people with different nationalities in the artistic creations and in the residencies) and, furthermore, in the organisation of the festival. This miscegenation is the true strength of this festival and it allows us to open up Moroccan society to engage, in greater depth, in new discussions that echo earlier debates, to the point where they make the migratory question an important issue. It is this history between popular education and research, between art and militancy, that I shall present to you in this master class.



3rd July 2018
Conversation about online artistic residencies
Marco Martins and RAUM team

In a collaboration between Teatro Maria Matos and RAUM, an online space that accommodates artists’ residencies and structures linked to artistic creation and programming, Marco Martins will develop a project to be presented on this digital platform during the months of May and June 2018. On this day, Sandra Vieira Jürgens, from RAUM: artistic residencies online, Marco Martins and their respective teams will engage in a conversation in the MM Café to present this work undertaken within the context of the play Provisional Figures Great Yarmouth.


Link of the project:

Photo: Teatro Maria Matos’s archive

Ciclo Migrações

Bunker AltArt Foundation Maria Matos Teatro Municipal Artsadmin Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen Santarcangelo dei Teatri Arts and Theatre Institute Festival De Keuze / Rotterdamse Schouwburg Walking Theory

Fond B92 / Cultural Center REX Balkan Express Institute for Applied Theatre Studies