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Días Hábiles / Alfredo Martins / 2017

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Días Hábiles - © Susana Neves

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Between March and June of 2015, Alfredo Martins and Rui Santos crossed part of the South-American subcontinent – Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Equator and Colombia. During the voyage they collected materials (photographies, videos, texts,…) that could testify the act of displacement itself, but also the experience of the place, the specific reality of each region and the challenges which they are confronted with today. Their past of colonization, dictatorial regimes and recent democracies, the strong social contrasts and the pressure exerted by the great world powers for the exploration of their natural resources place the countries of South America under a constant tension state in the renegotiation of imaginaries and processes of identitarian construction. This yet unbuilt “orbis novus” offers itself as a rehearsal space on doing and knowing modes.

The show Días Hábiles uses the journey as operative strategy for its construction. Rehearsing a ritualised space of meeting with the audience, Días Hábiles is built as a ceremony, a collective celebration act. The trip is homily of secular and multiple (neo-)paganisms – pretext of reflection around poetic projects of common building. “Dante or nothing”, as a manifest, a space of the invention, a game, the (im)possibilities of a multinatural dialogue. The possibility of recomposition if another possibility is imagined, atrocious and difficult: the foretold death of a civilizational Occident.

ARTISTIC TEAM

Artistic Direction – Alfredo Martins
Co-creation – Alfredo Martins, Rui Santos
Light design – Cárin Geada, João Teixeira
Music – João Pais Filipe (percussions), Julius Gabriel (electronic and brass section)
Sound operation – João André Lourenço
Video – Paulo Américo
Space conception – Rui Santos
Set design assistant – Pedro Azevedo
Executive production – Daniela Ribeiro

CO-PRODUCTION

teatro meia volta e depois à esquerda quando eu disser, São João National Theatre

ARTISTIC RESIDENCIES

O Espaço do Tempo (Montemor-o-Novo), LapaCasa (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Centro de Criação de Candoso (Guimarães), Centro d’Artes de Aljustrel

PREMIERE

September 2017, São Bento da Vitória Monastery/São João National Theatre, Oporto – integrated in the Días Hábiles Occupation

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A Movie of Manoel Congo (documentary) ×

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Um Filme de Manoel Congo - © All rights reserved

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A Movie of Manoel Congo (documentary) ×

One of the self-management projects visited in 2015 by Alfredo Martins and Rui Santos was the Manoel Congo Squat, of the Struggle for Housing National Movement (Movimento Nacional de Luta pela Moradia), in the centre of Rio de Janeiro. In 2016, they return to the Squat and, during a month, they accompany and film its day-to-day. With this visual register, one hopes giving continuity to the debate around the possibilities and limits of the self-management praxis.

A Movie of Manoel Congo intends to speak of socioeconomic and ecological (in)justices on the scales of the city and the planet, of the (i)legitimacy of civil disobedience – occupation – in the territories of the South, the collective organization possibilities, of what can emancipation be in the 21st century, of the cosmovisions – Eurocentric and indigenous; finally, of the tools associated with the building of differential territories, in today’s Brazil and in the world. 

ARTISTIC TEAM

Idea and research – Alfredo Martins, Rui Santos
Image and sound – Alfredo Martins, Rui Santos
Editing and conceptual development – Helena Inverno
Participation and collaboration – residents and workers of the Manoel Congo and Mariana Crioula squats

CO-PRODUCTION

teatro meia volta e depois à esquerda quando eu disser, Alfredo Martins and Rui Santos

SUPPORTS

Movimento Nacional de Luta pela Moradia, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, NARUA – Universidade Federal Fluminense, Science and Technology Foundation, LapaCasa, TNSJ

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