The programming of Teatro Municipal do Porto (TMP) for the first months of the 2021/2022 season was presented and reinforces the focus on artists and companies in the city, being marked by the 90th anniversary of Rivoli . Municipal Theatre. It foresees a total of 118 performances and will maintain the online format, as it enables to reach new audiences.
“We can expect a season where our lines of action are strengthened: international dance programming and co-production support for companies and artists in the city. A more fortified support, to actually support what we do best in the city”, underlined the director of Teatro Municipal do Porto, Tiago Guedes.
“From September 2020 to the end of July, we had 110 performances, 62 of which by artists and companies that work from the city”, stressed the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, noting that, in the same period, "there were 116 online streaming, including performances, talks and meetings, workshops and other activities, which also proves the importance and growing attention dedicated to this format, which is here to stay."
The dynamic will continue in the 2021/2022 season. The total number of performances is yet to be finalised, however, there will be around 118 performances, 60 of which will be presented by artists and companies that work from the city", said the mayor, stressing that these numbers "attest, once again, to the dynamics of TMP, which we have always advocated”.
Regarding the Campus Paulo Cunha e Silva, Rui Moreira considered that “it came to fill an important gap, in terms of spaces for artistic creation and residencies”. “Right now, we already have 270 applications on the Campus platform, confirming the need and importance of this space for the artistic community,” he said.
Through the voice of the director of Teatro Municipal do Porto, Tiago Guedes, some of the highlights of the programming for the 2021/2022 season were listed, which includes several heavyweights back to the city, national and international. Creations by Jan Martens, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Vera Mantero, Dimitris Papaioannou, Maguy Marin and Ensemble – Sociedade de Actores are some of the programming notes to be presented between September and December.
The also artistic director of the Performing Arts department of the municipal business Ágora – Cultura e Desporto do Porto admitted that he was looking forward to again watch works by Belgian choreographer Jan Martens, French choreographer Maguy Marin and Cape Verdean choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas based in Lisbon.
The first national creation premiering will be A História do Soldado, by Stravinsky/Ramuz, a collaboration between choreographer Né Barros and Ensemble – Sociedade de Actores.
In the first four months, TMP will still maintain its connection to the city's festivals, hosting, throughout the year, MEXE – 6.º Encontro Internacional de Artes e Comunidade, Porto/Post/Doc, MICAR – Mostra Internacional de Cinema Anti-Racista, Queer Porto 7 – Festival Internacional de Cinema Queer and Festa do Cinema Francês. Partnerships will also continue with Medeia Filmes, Cultura em Expansão, Instável – Centro Coreográfico (Palcos Instáveis), Curso de Música Silva Monteiro (Novos Talentos), Universidade Lusófona do Porto (Do Acontecimento) y WOMEX – Worldwide Music Expo.
Initially recognised as a visual artist, Dimitris Papaioannou will be, in December, the highlight of international programming. The multifaceted Greek artist will meet the audiences from Porto, as it will happen in June 2022 with the Brazilian choreographer Marcelo Evelin.
Raimund Hoghe, the German choreographer and playwright who passed away in May this year, was considered a leading figure in the performing arts and contemporary dance, as well as one of the most appreciated artists by the TMP’s audiences. A friend of Porto, where he presented several of his works, such as Canzone per Ornella (Song for Ornella) and Postcards from Vietnam, La Valse, An Evening with Judy, Quartet and Songs for Takashi, he will be honoured in March of next year.
TMP’s new season will also have five programming focuses, including novelties and featuring the traditional Foco Famílias, dedicated to children and young people. The 90th anniversary of Rivoli is celebrated in January 2022 with a programme that promises to cross several disciplines. And, until the end of 2021, lovers of “Quintas de Leitura” – which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary – will be able to attend three sessions of this poetic cycle, at Teatro Campo Alegre.
At the presentation session, Tiago Guedes was “optimistic” about the comeback of the audiences to the theatres. “We hope that the vaccination goes well, that things start to improve, because the audiences are very eager to get back to their cultural habits. I am an optimistic and I believe that when things get better, the audiences will come back to the theatres. And they have been coming – the theatre has been open since April 19th, and it has always been full”, he stressed.
During a season in which the “triangulation” between Teatro Municipal do Porto, DDD – Festival Dias da Dança and the recently inaugurated Campus Paulo Cunha e Silva will be strongly invested, the online aspect will continue to reach more audiences. “With the theatres closed, online performances worked very well. And it worked beyond the municipality boundaries. I am talking about the country and even outside the country. Through online performances, there are a lot of audiences, everywhere, that can access our programming. We have decided that TMP would have a in-person and online presence at all times. Of course, online performances do not replicate everything we are going to present, but there are always flagships of our programming that are presented”, he concluded.
In the 116 online streaming by TMP between September 2020 and July 2021, there were over 118 thousand views, from countries such as Brazil, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United States of America.
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