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Sónia Baptista

The Anger! The Fury!

  • 26.11 — 27.11 2020
  • world premiere
  • Teatro São Luiz - Sala Luis Miguel Cintra
  • ages 16+
  • 70 min
  • in portuguese, with english surtitles
  • Both performances of The Anger! The Fury! by Sónia Baptista are Portuguese Sign Language interpreted.

In the Epistles [Letters] of Horace he writes: Ira furor brevis est. Anger is a brief madness. How long can we stay in this emotional state of emergency? Three minutes? In half-hour cycles? Or it is that we jump instantly from a place of calm to rage, ire, fury? How can we build — dramaturgically and emotionally — a succession of those moments? What shape do these passions have, or take on? Are they monstrous? Are we monstrous? The research for this work includes classical texts, contemporary philosophy, pop culture, essays on society, gender, and ecofeminism, and hopepunk -- that radical combination of optimism fed by the rage of wanting to change the status quo.

Gentleness is Punk. Compassion is Radical. Appreciation is Subversive.

Raquel Lima in conversation with Sónia Baptista

Directed, written and performed by Sónia Baptista Co-created and performed by Joana Levi, Teresa Silva, Ana Valentim, Tita Maravilha, Paulo Pascoal, João Nunes Monteiro Portuguese Sign Language Sofia Fernandes Scenography Raquel Melgue, Mariana Gomes, Sara Ivone Costumes João Caldas Lighting design Daniel Worm Sound Editing Rodrigo Gomes Video Rita Barbosa, Jorge Jácome, Ana Libório Original music Rakta, Vaiapraia, Mynda Guevara Vocal coach Alice Ruiz Dramaturgy/rehearsal companions Patricia Azevedo da Silva, Gisela Casimiro, Ana Kiffer Scientific advisor Dr. Ana Cardoso Oliveira Digital platform Raquel Melgue Publication Clara Amaral, Raquel Melgue Translated by Patrícia Pimentel Executive producer Duarte A. Soares Communication Cláudia Duarte Photography Alípio Padilha Video recording Maria Braga Coproduced by Alkantara, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, TAGV/Festival End, O Espaço do Tempo Artistic residencies Gaivotas 6, Espaço Alkantara, Estúdios Victor Córdon Special thanks Elizabete Fragoso, Arcalo, Dougie e Piny

São Luiz/EGEAC is a partner of the European project Inclusive Theater(s)

Sónia Baptista (Lisbon, 1973) studied contemporary dance at Forum Dança (Lisbon) and holds a Master’s degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of Roehampton (London). As a performer and co-creater she has collaborated with Laurent Goldring, Patrícia Portela, Aldara Bizarro, Vera Mantero, Thomas Lehmann, Arco Renz, Teatro Cão Solteiro, AADK, Ligia Soares, Silvia Real, and Clara Amaral. In her work, she explores and experiments with dance, music, literature, theatre, and video. Her first solo work, Haikus, was awarded the Revelation in Dance prize of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. Other works include Icebox Fly. Winter Kick (2003), Subwoofer (2006), ViceRoyale.Vain-Royale.Vile-Royale (2009), Peaufine (2011), Tempus Fugit (2012), Today is it a squirrel? (2013), in the fall the fox, e na queda raposar (2014), Assentar sobre a Subida das Águas (2016), Querer do Corpo, Peso (2017), Triste In English From Spanish (2017), I Call Her Will (2019), and Sozinhar (2019). She also writes and choreographs for works by other artists, is a published author, and teaches regularly at the performing arts universities and schools in Lisbon.

Joana Levi is a Brazilian performer, director and dramaturge. She holds degrees in Philosophy (University of São Paulo) and Aesthetics (New University of Lisbon). She lives in Lisbon since 2017. She performed in Sónia Baptista's Triste in English from Spanish (2017), Antropocenas by João dos Santos Martins & Rita Natálio (2017), and will be part of the upcoming performance projeto MINA by Carlota Lagido.

Teresa Silva (Lisboa, 1988) is a dancer and choreographer trained at the National Conservatory, Lisbon School of Dance, and Forum Dança. As a dancer, she collaborates with Loïc Touzé, David Marques, Marco d’Agostin, Liz Santoro & Pierre Godard, Rita Natálio, Luís Guerra, Tânia Carvalho and Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz. Choreography highlights include: with Elisabete Francisca, Leva a mão que eu levo o braço (2010) and Um Espanto não se Espera (2011); an adaptation of Deborah Hay's Conquest (2011); and with Filipe Pereira, Letting Nature take over us again (2013), O que fica do que passa (2013) e Nova Criação (2017). She currently collaborates with Sara Anjo in Oráculo. She was an associate artist of Materiais Diversos from 2011 to 2014 and O Espaço do Tempo in 2017. She is currently participating in the European project More Than This.

Ana Valentim trained in Acting at the Lisbon Film and Theatre School. In the theatre, she works with directors Ricardo Neves-Neves, Mário Coelho, José Peixoto, Sofia Santos Silva, Isac Graça and Jean Paul Bucchieri. She works in cinema with Pedro Cabeleira, Filomena e Verão Danado (Honrable Mention at Locarno in 2017), and in a short film by Alice dos Reis, Undercurrent (Novo Banco Revelation Prize in 2019). She has also appeared in films by Frederico Serpa and Tiago Durão.

Tita Maravilha is an artivist and inventor of universes. She is a Brazilian tranvestigender woman, actor, singer, performer, drag queen, clown, and presenter. She holds a degree in Theatre from the University of Brasilia and is part of the bands Cantigas Boleráveis and Rainhas do Babado. In Portugal, she is cocreator of the electronic music/perforamance project Trypass-Corassão. In 2020 she is part of MINA by Carlota Lagido, and participated in artistic residencies with Silly Season and Henrique Furtado/O Rumo Do Fumo.

Paulo Pascoal (Lisboa, 1982) was born to two immigrant Angolan students. He grew up in Angola and Spain, where he studied and debuted in theatre and television. He holds a Master's degree in African Studies from McGill University in Montreal and an undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School, New York. He is the founder of Peaceful Nation, a platform for LFBTQI African artists in Portugal. He has worked with Teatro Praga and André e. Teodósio and other multidisciplinary artists on historical documents for galleries and museums. He is involved in several TV series, is a scriptwriter for FOX, hosts segments on several TV shows on RTP Africa, and hosts a radio show on RDP África with Fernanda Almeida and Yara Monteiro.

João Nunes Monteiro (Porto, 1993) studied acting at Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo. Acting credits in the theatre include Peça Romântica para um Teatro Fechado by Tiago Rodrigues, Margem by Victor Hugo Pontes, and Fake by Inês Barahona and Miguel Fragata. He has also acted for television and webseries. He played leading roles in João Nuno Pinto's film Mosquito, in Aristides de Sousa Mendes – O Cônsul de Bordéus by Francisco Manso. Other film credits include Cartas da Guerra by Ivo Ferreira; Selvagens by Dennis Berry, Technoboss by João Nicolau, Snooze by Dinis Leal Machado, and A holiday from mourning by Zara Dwinger.

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Sónia Baptista

Sónia Baptista (Lisbon, 1973) studied contemporary dance at Forum Dança (Lisbon) and holds a Master’s degree in Choreography and Performance from the University of Roehampton (London). As a performer and co-creater she has collaborated with Laurent Goldring, Patrícia Portela, Aldara Bizarro, Vera Mantero, Thomas Lehmann, Arco Renz, Teatro Cão Solteiro, AADK, Ligia Soares, Silvia Real, and Clara Amaral. In her work, she explores and experiments with dance, music, literature, theatre, and video. Her first solo work, Haikus, was awarded the Revelation in Dance prize...

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