As the landscape of the project itself - between the mountain and the coast, triggering strong dichotomies, in this program some high contrasts will be reflected: the mourn and the part is the first one. Then, moments of great intimacy will dialogue with massive meetings of hundreds of people.
Following the recent events, this year we make a tribute to death - we speak of what ends as a way of speaking also about what begins when something ends. In Medronho #1 - the fire does not have four letters, the story is brought forth and reveals a new character, Manuel Monteiro, the father. We return to a long visited territory now devastated and transfigured by the shadows of fire, and we face the anger, the violence and the silence but also the impulse of renovation. We make space for a collective mourning ritual, believing that being close to reality is part of the arts’ purpose: to inherit it, sense it and to search new meanings for it.
From the coal and the ashes we reach the exuberance and glow of the feast, in Dancing! Here, yet again pursuing a close courtship with the local culture and heritage, along with the Aljezur’s Sweet Potato Festival, we revisit this wonderful “gluten-free” ingredient. This time, a performance and a dinner, which will present the debut of Orchestra Vicentina, by musicians who live in this region and the participation of Fogo Fogo, known as “the hottest band in the house”.
As the star of the night, we have the all mighty Sweet Potato, everything set whirling around it: food from various parts of Africa, prepared by experienced hands, will dance on the tables, inviting everything and everyone to take the stage and be filled with cheerfulness and human warmth.
A program for children, specially for early childhood, has been waiting to show up until now. With Kaô - Lullabies of the World, we want to descend to the most intimate of gestures - the lap’s swing - seeking to recover this magical space of observation and witnessing of fusional sensitivity between a baby and an adult. It’s all about sharing the tenderness of unity as the polyphonic singing that crosses this sensorial and theatre journey also does.
We arrive on the last days of the year, with a new circus performance that carries out a recent tradition, started three years ago, at the Monchique’s Heliport. Saison de Cirque - The Seasons of Circus, by the french company Cirque Aïtal, presents an unique experience, full of acrobatic stimuli, live music and in which the relation with animals, in this case, two horses, invites us again closer to a primordial dimension, one where dreams can be dreamt and our breath taken away. Once again prepare yourself to have a blast celebrating the new year’s eve, along with typical finger foods and together with this extended Aïtal family.
We count on you to plow this (m)AR with us!