Palmira / Anabela Almeida / Sara Duarte / 2021 (under production)
Rosa do Fontão had a son, Joaquim, of Moreira e Nelo, of Abílio da Grade. Alzira had a son, Zé, of Moreira. Maria de Leonor had a daughter, Inácia, daughter of Portela, and Alberto, son of Moreira. And Palmira had a son, Herculano, and a daughter, Joaquina, both Moreira’s sons. Moreira had 7 sons; 5 illegitimate and 2 legitimate.
For this show’s production we start off from the memory of Palmira’s story, Anabela’s maternal grandmother. Palmira raised her two “incognito” father sons alone, became an independent and autonomous woman, chose having the profession of seamstress and refused the marriage proposals which would allow her to reset “social honour”. Some of the paradigms which cross the women’s path are concentrated in this memory, multiple reverberations echoing from her in the present time. On this show we focus our look in the feminine identity in peri-urban context and rural environment and, in a much broader sense, also in fundamental aspects of the gender and family relations.
What perspectives have the women and men on their work, maternity, love, power? In front of so distant social and political realities, what changed, what stands? Are there in men other relations with fatherhood?
We set to Minho, to the Centre and South of the country to chat with women and men about the feminine, the masculine and the family, devising thereby the dramatic lines with which this production is sew.
Artistic Direction – Anabela Almeida and Sara Duarte
Performance and text – Anabela Almeida and Sara Duarte
Research support – Teresa Gentil
Light design and operation – Nuno Patinho
teatro meia volta e depois à esquerda quando eu disser, Materiais Diversos Festival
Comédias do Minho (Paredes de Coura), Lavrar o Mar (Aljezur and Monchique), Materiais Diversos (Cartaxo)
October 2021, Materiais Diversos Festival