(Photo: Borut Bučinel)

artistic residency 18 – 31 janeiro

It was in October last year. I was smoking a cigarette at the entrance of a building in Beit Jala, Palestine. In front of me, three kids where playing soccer, on the other side of the wall, Israel. He approached and asked, “Have you seen what’s written there?” I answered “Where?” And he pointed to the wall and read, “Open Sesame.”

Urândia Aragão’s creative process has taken her from Portugal to Palestine, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Germany, Peru and Slovenia. Along the way, she has collected stories and personal testimonies about the borders between places and people. Starting from a reflection on human and non-human rights, Urândia Aragão questions the obvious by letting her imagination run free. Like the riddle to be solved, she works within the enigmas of language to open a passage … as if by magic!

Artistic Director: Urândia Aragão
Co-creation and interpretation: Urândia Aragão and Momar Ndiaye
Artistic Collaboration: Borut Bučinel and Chuma Sopotela
Dramaturgy Collaboration: Rui Catalão
Light Design: Thomas Walgrave
Artistic assistance: Andrea Brandão
Production: Alkantara Co-Production: Teatro Maria Matos, 1space Project, TAGV, Pensamento Voador
Artistic Residencies: Pact Zollverein – Essen, Yachai Wass – Loreto, Peru; Espaço Alkantara – Lisboa; Teatro Maria Matos – Lisboa, TAGV – Coimbra
Acknowledgments: Ahu Lopez, Marta Fonseca, Luís Pinto, Carlos Oliveira, Léa Rault, Remah Jabr, Adonis Nébié, Ahmed Tobasi, Atta Khattab, Davor Sanvincenti, Zina Zarour, Michel Kiyombo and Ruben Castillejo.

Performance included in Ciclo Conceitos e Dispositivos de Criação em Artes Performativas
Apoio direto pontual Direção-Geral das Artes (DG Artes)
Co-producers Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente / Pensamento Voador
Support Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Supports Câmara Municipal de Santarém, Câmara Municipal de Cantanhede, Galeria de Santa Clara (Coimbra), Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra – Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração de Coimbra, Editora Annablume – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, PACT Zollverien (Alemanha), Alkantara Festival, Centro
de História de Arte e Investigação Artística da Universidade de Évora, Centro de Estudos Interdisciplinares do Século 20 – CEIS20, Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente

Co-production 1Space/Creative Europe