Perfect Match is a documentary theater performance about the importance of love and relationships in the Portuguese migrations that marked the 20th century. We go back to the past, to study the struggle against poverty of thousands of Portugueses during the Estado Novo period in order to reflect on the present, the new migratory movements often seen as a threat. How are love relationships marked and conditioned by movements of people migration in Europe? How did love respond and is still responding to these extreme situations?
The script was build through testimonies and the stories and life experiences of the performers, born in very different countries: Brazil, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain and Italy.
Perfect Match opens a new chapter in the journey of Hotel Europa’s company — the theme of migrations.
Hotel Europa is a company formed by André Amálio (Portugal) and Tereza Havlíčková (Czech Republic). They have been collaborating together, developing documentary theatre performances that explore the boundaries between theatre, dance and performance. They use in their work an overlap of autobiographical material, family stories, national histories, testimonies, interviews and historiographical research, creating a complex web of references that allow the public the opportunity to travel between cultures, times and genres. The company created the shows Portugal is not a small country (2015), Pass-Port (2016), Liberation (2017), Post-Colonial Loves (2019), The Children of Colonialism (2019), Now that we cannot be together (2020), Children of Evil and Underground Loves (2021).
The work of Hotel Europa has been performed in Portugal, Brazil, France, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
André Amálio is theatre director and actor that has developed his work in the area of documentary theatre, memory, postcolonialism and the recent Portuguese colonial past. André holds a PhD from Roehampton University and a MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. His research was supported by Gulbenkian Foundation, GDA and Rush. He lectured theatre directing and documentary theatre in HAMU (Prague) and ESAD (Portugal) and is currently lecturing in Universidade do Minho (Portugal). Has worked as an actor/performer/dancer under directors like Anna Furse, Giacomo Scalisi, João Brites, Lúcia Sigalho, Luís Castro, Madalena Vitorino, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, amongst others.
Tereza Havlíčková began her career as a dancer by completing her BA Dance Theater at Laban Center in London and then graduated at Goldsmiths, University of London (MA Performance Making). She is particularly interested in the multidisciplinary exploration of movement, text and visual forms, as well as the use of autobiographical material. She worked and studied with artists like Graeme Miller, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Twitchin Mischa, Steve Paxton and worked with Firenza Guidi, Etta Ermini, Anna Furse, Ajaykumar, Petr Boháč, Miřenka Čechová and Madalena Vitorino.
Light design and technical coordination
Maria João Santos
A Hotel Europa é financiada pela República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes