Cultural Footprint

O teatrao i Portugal tok inititativ til et dialogmøte om et mulig europeisk samarbeidsprosjekt. Det ble min oppgave som prosjektleder å samle disse potensielle samarbeidspartnerene for en ukes dialogmøte. Kan det komme et nytt samarbeidsprosjekt mellom nord og sør ut av denne dioalogen? Partnerene er: Gaflaraleikhúsið på Island – Nordic Black Theatre i Oslo og Det multinorkse (DNT) i Oslo.

Prosjektet fikk støtte for videreutvikling høsten 2014. Det er pågående søkeprosess for ytterligere støtte. Målet er en urpremiere i februar 2015.

Her er prosjektbeskrivelsen:


This project wishes to intervene culturally in the territory building an integrated dynamic. This means that it will enable the organization and the optimization of the cultural equipments, which normally work isolated. This intervention will be done in two different territories and will integrate a reflection on the results and impacts of this intervention. Coimbra and Ílhavo (cities from the centre region of Portugal) will congregate efforts to organize a project which will articulate the following spaces: school, museum, library and theatre, relating art, knowledge and education. This network will be built around a theatre performance designed in relation with the different parallel activities which will enable different explorations. It will indicate possibilities of organization of cultural equipments from the referred communities, defining medium and long-term strategies in terms of local cultural policies. The focus of the discussion will be the importance of the articulation between the cultural activity and the school system, as this is a strategic need in order to transform communities in more participative and active collectives.

We have chosen to build this performance exploring the different possibilities around the Portuguese literary book from the neo-realistic period, once studied at school and nowadays almost forgotten. Constantino, guardador de vacas e de sonhos, by Alves Redol, interests us as the protagonist makes a lot of sense to refer to in the present time. Not so much by the realistic dimension of his rural daily life, but by the surrealistic dimension of a dreamer who has decided to concretize the most absurd things. Constantino is the metaphor for the relation between reality and fiction and proves us that one does not exist without the other.The cartography of the imagination is used to rewrite reality. Without imagination we loose our humanity and the arts helps us to imagine. Constantino is therefore the materialization of this idea, influencing the participants to think and reflect using different less conventional and less known perspectives