A Morte Nos Olhos

Alexandre Pieroni Calado and João Ferro Martins

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AUTHOR(S)
  • Alexandre Pieroni Calado and João Ferro Martins
DATE
  • November 3rd and 4th
  • 9.30 PM
DURATION
  • 60’
LANGUAGE
  • Portuguese
LOCAL
  • Sala Novas Tendências / Comuna - Teatro de Pesquisa
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CLASSIFICATION
  • Over 16
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Synopsis

Medusa still cracks open a seductive and immobilizing smile. The persistence of this ambiguous figure throughout the ages, in poems and on vases, coins and columns, mosaics, paintings and sculptures, in romances and films of different genres, and even in computer games, suggests the axiomatic dimension of the human experience which coagulates within her. Her representations and the mythological episodes in which she is involved are stamped by the mark of ambivalence - animal and human, woman and man, virgin and monster, deadly force and creative potential – and perhaps it is this same ambivalence which turned her into an operator within the context of contemporary discourses on language, identity and the arts.
Alexandre Pieroni Calado and João Ferro Martins propose creating a work in collaboration with the choreographer Carlota Lagido, based on the rewriting of ancient sources of the myth of Medusa and Perseus. From among the debris of culture, they wish to confront the fable with its current violence: the breakdown of symbolic language, the horror provoked by man in his capacity to kill, the official chaos from which we insist on separating ourselves, unsuccessfully. We listen to the terms of the challenge and the descriptions of the trials, possibly banal episodes of the saga of a boy who affirms his adulthood pass each other; we hear the screams and the painful chants and laughter of the Gorgons. We can already see cement bricks piled up, a wall; somewhere characters of a script which is difficult to identify are inscribed, Greek or Arabic; definitely Mediterranean: is it “coral” or “serpent” or “winged horse” written in blood? Sand. A scanty architecture bathed in hot and cold at the same time: the body on view, the lighting fixed.

Technical Sheet

Concept, dramaturgy, light design and performance
Alexandre Pieroni Calado

Concept, scenography, music and performance
João Ferro Martins

Choreography
Carlota Lagido

Technical director
João Chicó - Contrapeso

Operation
Flávio Martins

Image recording and editing
Nuno Barroso

Photography
Nuno Direitinho - Widegris

Communication design
Miguel Pacheco Gomes

Production
[A+] Artes e Engenhos

Co-production
República Portuguesa - Cultura | DGARTES - Direcção Geral das Artes
Câmara Municipal de Almada

Supports and Acknowledgements
Departamento de Ciências Sociais Aplicadas / Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Centro Juvenil / Câmara Municipal de Montemor-o-Novo
Latoaria
Escola da Noite
Bar Damas
Edições Senhora do Monte
Antena 2
Rádio África
Rádio Universidade de Coimbra

Bio

Alexandre Pieroni Calado
Alexandre Pieroni Calado was born in Lisbon (1975), and works in and researches theatre. He he works in the performance, visual and sound arts, in recent years creating the shows A Parede (2019) and A Morte e a Donzela. Dramas de Princesas (2015), with texts by Elfriede Jelinek, Woyzeck 1978 (2014), inspired by Georg Büchner, Quarteto (2013), by Heiner Müller, and Pregação (2012), among others. He developed the auto-theatre piece Kaspar: Palavra Soprada (2017), based on the text by Peter Handke, and has acted in Tartufo by Rogério de Carvalho (TM Almada, 2014). He has also participated as an actor in the films Ramiro, by Manuel Mozos (2017) and Como Fernando Pessoa Salvou Portugal by Eugéne Green (2018). He has also collaborated on visual arts projects such as Interiores by Rubene Palma Santos (Atelier 289, Faro 2018) and Debaixo do Vulcão by Hugo Canoilas (MNAC, Lisboa 2017).
João Ferro Martins
João Ferro Martins earned a Degree in Fine Arts from the Upper School of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha. He works as a visual, sound and performance artist. His most recent individual exhibitions include La cosa che vuoi dirmi è bella o brutta? (2014), Reprise (2014), Contínuo (João Ferro Martins and Miguel Palma, 2013), Ficção Científica (2012), Ana Santos and João Ferro Martins (2011), F.O.R.M.E.L. - Faux, Ordinaire, Revêche, Manipulateur, Egoïste, Lascif (2011), From L to L and back again (João Ferro Martins and Ruth Proctor, 2011) and Suite per vino solo (2011). He has developed original sound pieces for the shows Quarteto (2013), Woyzeck 1978 (2014) and Dramas de Princesas (2015), and created a sound installation for the project Parole Soufflée (2016), by Pieroni Calado. He also created the show O Declive e a Inclinação - fragmentos do mito de Sísifo (2016) with this same artist.
3rd
November
A MORTE NOS OLHOS
Alexandre Pieroni Calado and João Ferro Martins
9.30 PM, Sala Novas Tendências / Comuna - Teatro de Pesquisa
4th
November
A MORTE NOS OLHOS
Alexandre Pieroni Calado and João Ferro Martins
9.30 PM, Sala Novas Tendências / Comuna - Teatro de Pesquisa