Wednesday; The Time of the cherries

Wednesday: The time of the cherries is the third episode of Seven Years Seven Plays cycleAfter facing off with Pablo Fidalgo Lareo in Segunda-Feira: Atenção à Direita! (Monday: Watch Out for the Right!), premiered at the Alkantara Festival in 2016, and Luca Belezze in Terça-Feira: Tudo o que É Sólido Dissolve-se no Ar (Tuesday: Everything That Is Solid Dissolves in Air), in 2017, Cláudia Dias now shares the stage with Igor Gandra, Teatro de Ferro’s artistic director.

The set is a huge hole in the middle of slabs of laminated plaster, as if a gigantic iron ball had fallen there. By building the scenic space with the same material used in thousands of Portuguese houses, as a way to start deconstructing, Cláudia Dias and Igor Gandra draw a direct connection to everything that is swept under the western rug. Even though the air bombings carried out by European military forces can be easily seen today on the internet and on TV, the connection between our homes and the craters opened by missiles on the other side of the world is not that visible. That black hole alludes to that cause and effect relationship yet to be clarified. It is not just about showing the responsibility of European social democracies in the massacres that are taking place today in the rest of the world. The black eye in the middle of the ground is a bad sign that reveals to us what is still to be done.

Jorge Louraço Figueira

©Bruno Simão

Credits

Concept and Directed  Cláudia Dias
Guest Artist Igor Gandra
Text, performers, set and puppets Cláudia Dias e Igor Gandra
Artistic and technical Assistant Karas
Arts Eduardo Mendes
Building atelier Igor Gandra, Cláudia Dias, Karas, Eduardo Mendes, Daniela Gomes e Nádia Soares
Light Design and Technical Director Nuno Borda de Água
Critical Eye Seven Years Seven Pieces Jorge Louraço Figueira
Production Alkantara
Promotion Something great
Co-production Maria Matos TM, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Artistic residencies O Espaço do Tempo (associated artist), TMP/Teatro Campo Alegre, Teatro de Ferro, Companhia de Dança de Almada, Centro de Experimentação Artística do Vale da Amoreira do Porto, Centro Cultural Vila Flor