Thursday: Abracabra by Cláudia Dias

13 to 16 February 2020
Thu, 8 p.m. ; Fri and Sat, 9 p.m.; Sun, 5:30 p.m
São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Sala Mário Viegas
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In the fourth installment of the Seven Years Seven Pieces project, Cláudia Dias and Idoia Zabaleta find new uses for worn words. Starting over from scratch, they come to an agreement with everyone in the room about the minimum meaning of each word. Peace, bread, work, education — what does it all mean, exactly? By demonstrating the real relationship between things and words and seeking out the hidden names of injustice, inequality and oppression, they look for the magic word that will move bodies, and worlds.

In the Seven Years Seven Pieces project (2016-), choreographer Cláudia Dias creates a new work each year with a guest artist (Pablo Fidalgo Lareo, Luca Bellezze, Igor Gandra and Idoia Zabaleta). Each piece serves as the basis for a book, illustrated and designed by António Jorge Gonçalves (Seven Years Seven Books), and a creative project with young people in Almada and Porto (Seven Years Seven Schools).

Read the first of two texts by external eye Jorge Louraço Figueira here.


Artistic director Cláudia Dias
Guest artist Idoia Zabaleta
Performers Cláudia Dias and Idoia Zabaleta
Artistic Assistant Karas
Light Design and Technical Director Nuno Borda de Água
Music Fuego by Bomba Estéreo, Banho by Elza Soares, De dentro do Ap by Bia Ferreira, Canción Total by Maria Arnal & Marcel Bagés
Video Bruno Canas
Photos Alípio Padilha

Outside Eye Jorge Louraço Figueira

Produced by Alkantara
Touring Something Great
Coproduced by Teatro Municipal do Porto, Teatro Municipal São Luiz, Azala
Artistic residencies  Azala, L’animal a l’esquena, O Espaço do Tempo
Thanks Mursego, María Arnal y Marcel Bagés, Hélder Azinheirinha

Alkantara is funded by República Portuguesa | Cultura / Direcção-Geral das Artes
Azala y Moare Danza are funded by Departamento de Cultura do Governo Basco