22th to 25th November 2017
Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal

A variety show or a musical are examples of artistic formats that have quite a powerful impact on the western cultural imagination, and others besides. They are normally classified under the category of “entertainment”, the result of a certain cultural (not to say political) legacy, which reflects an ideological structuring of the occupation and division of time (the time of entertainment/the time of work; the time of pleasure/the time of obligation). According to this point of view, entertainment is the “good” part of the equation, a kind of happiness pill that we can take to lessen our obligations and ease the evils of life. This piece resorts to that same paradigm to unveil another side of the machine of illusion that the show can be, revealing its cracks and fragilities, as well as its greater force, the human aspect that characterises us and identifies us.

A group of 20 non-professional dancers will join the professional cast to build a human setting, underlining the figurative and sometimes decorative character of dance as entertainment. This group will be found locally in each city of presentation and will have an initial phase of preparatory workshop.

Conception and Direction: Miguel Pereira
Performers: Sofie Burgoyne and António Onio
Participation/Figuration: Ana Paula Gusmão, Beatriz Pires, Camilla Morello, Diogo Cadete, Helena Dawin, Inês Cartaxo, Jessica Guez, Luís Odrizola, Maria Matos, Martina Prudêncio, Naieem Coutinho, Rute HugmeNow, Sara Montano, Sara Palácios, Valentina Parravicini and Vitória Grilo
Assistant: Pietro Romani
Music: Miguel Feraso Cabral
Lighting Design: Eduardo Abdala
Production: O Rumo do Fumo
Co-Production: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal and Teatro Municipal do Porto/Festival DDD – Dias da Dançe
Artistic Residency: Teatro Maria Matos – Estúdio Tobis
Support: Dance 4 (Nottingham) and National Lottery/Arts Council England (1st phase of the project) and EGEAC

Rumo do Fumo is a structure that is financed by the Portuguese Republic | Culture/Directorate-General for the Arts

Link of the project: http://www.teatromariamatos.pt/en/show/happy-piece-miguel-pereira-20171122/

Photo: Jose Frade


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