The 2nd edition of TRAÇA is co-programmed by Alkantara and will be dedicated to meeting the performing arts. Six artists will be invited to produce original projects from the collection of the Lisbon City hall Archives – Video library, projects to be presented in several places of Madragoa district.
TRAÇA is a screening show of family films, organized since 2015 by the Lisbon City hall Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa – Videoteca that through private and individual images, seeks to build another history of the city, made of memories and experiences of its inhabitants.
The six artists involved – Alex Cassal, Isabel Abreu, Raquel André, Sofia Dinger, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz and Silva Melo & Miguel Abreu -, participated in a creative lab with director Christiane Jatahy in April and have been working since then to present new creations in 13, 14 and 15 of October during Traça – Mostra de Filmes de Arquivos Familiares, dedicated to the neighbourhood of Madragoa.
Alex Cassal is a director, playwright, and actor, with a degree in History. He divides his time between Rio de Janeiro and Lisbon. In Brazil, he directs the group Foguetes Maravilha, whose performances “Ela precisa começar” and “Ninguém falou que seria fácil” have been presented at theatres and festivals in Brazil and Portugal. He has collaborated with artists such as Enrique Diaz, Dani Lima, Michelle Moura, and Gustavo Ciríaco. His video “Jornada ao umbigo do mundo,” winner of the Rumos Dança Prize in 2007, has been presented in Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, USA, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Greece, Croatia, China, and Japan. He participated in collaborative projects with Tiago Rodrigues/Mundo Perfeito including “Estúdios,” “Hotel Lutécia,” and “Mundo Maravilha.” In 2012, he wrote “Septeto Fatal” for Culturgest’s PANOS project. In 2015-16 he directed “Tornados” (with graduating students from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema) and “As cidades invisíveis: um certo número de objectos desloca-se num certo espaço.” In 2017, he presented “Tiranossauro Rex” at Teatro Nacional D. Maria II.
Isabel Abreu holds a degree in theatre from Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. In theatre, she has worked with directors Marco Martins, Tiago Guedes, Tiago Rodrigues, Nuno Cardoso, Ana Luísa Guimarães, Rui Mendes, João Mota, among others. She has also been recognised for her work in television and cinema. In 2011 she won Best Actress (SPA) for her role in David Harower’s Blackbird. In 2015, she was recognised by Caminhos do Cinema Português in the category of Best Actress in Portuguese Film, and received a nomination for her role in the mini-series Noite Sangrenta at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
In cinema, she has worked with directors such as Sandro Aguilar in Zona (2008), Voodoo (2010), Sinais de serenidades por coisas sem sentido (2012) e Bunker (2015); Tiago Guedes and Frederico Serra in Entre os dedos (2008); Tiago Guedes in Coro dos Amantes (2014); Mariana Gaivão in Solo (2012), among others. She recently participated in the photo-novela written by Tiago Rodrigues for Granta. She also participated in the Portuguese Writers’ Showcase at the Metropolitan Museum in New York (2014), with a reading of texts by Afonso Cruz.
With Tiago Rodrigues’s Três dedos abaixo do joelho, she has toured to Belgium, Brazil, Spain, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Irland, Italy, Singapore, and Sweden.
Raquel Abreu started her artistic path as long as she remembers. One day she took a box full of handwritten letters, a correspondence from a family in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and from then she made her first performance in 2009.
Since then she started having an interest in collecting. Specially in the idea of how to collect in the Performing Arts, about which she wrote a master thesis at University Federal of Rio de Janeiro (2016) mentored by researcher and performer Eleonora Fabião with a scholarship by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
In 2011, she moved to Rio de Janeiro supported by the InovArt program of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture. A 5 month artistic residency in Companhia dos Atores turned out to be 5 years working near director and actress Bel Garcia in several theater productions (“Inbox”, “Matamoros”, “Peças em Galeria”, “Oréstia”, “Conselho de Classe” and “Beije Minha Lápide”). For Raquel, Bel Garcia became a reference for theater making and a reason to stay and love Rio de Janeiro. During that time she also worked with César Augusto (actor, curator and director) in Galpão Gamboa – a cultural centre run by TV superstar Marco Nanini and producer.
Sofia Dinger is an actress trained at Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo, Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, and Universidade de São Paulo. She has also participated in workshops led by Rogério de Carvalho, João Fiadeiro, Carlota Lagido, Ângela Schanelec, Olga Mesa, Beatriz Batarda, Vera Mantero, Miguel Loureiro, Thomas Richard, Jonathan Burrows, Kassys, and others. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in Theater at Das Arts in Amsterdam. Sofia created and performed “Grande Ilusão” (Temps d’Images 2014) and “Nothing’s ever yours to keep” (Festival 1º Andar 2010). As a performer, she has worked with Mónica Calle, Blitz Theatre group, Sara Carinhas, Gonçalo Amorim, Rui Catalão, Teatro do Vestido, among others. She has worked in film with directors Leonardo Moura Mateus, André Lage, and Pedro Filipe Marques. She received an honorable mention at Festival do Cinema Luso-Brasileiro de Santa Maria da Feira for her performance in the short film “Lullaby” (André Lage).
Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz are independent dancers and choreographers that collaborate since 2006 in various works presented in Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany, Romania, Belgium, England, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Cyprus, Poland, Finland, Brazil, Austria, Italy and Czech Republic. They regularly teach classes at Fórum Dança/ PEPCC (PT) and ESAD – Caldas da Rainha (PT), and have taught workshops at Centro em movimento (PT), Companhia Instável (PT), Nomadic Modules/Alkantara (PT), CDC Toulouse (FR), ZurichTanzt (CH), Festival de Dança Contemporânea de São Paulo (BR), Art Stations Foundation/Poznan (PL), Tanec Praha (CZ). They have been organizing residencies and meetings for reflexion and Exchange between artists, such as Aware, which occurred in the context of Alkantara Festival 2014. Since the beginning of their collaboration they have been supported by various cultural structures from Portugal: Bomba Suicida, Cia Clara Andermatt, Eira, Capa/Devir, Alkantara, Negócio/ZDB, Fórum Dança, O Rumo do Fumo; and the European Networks: Départs, Latitudes Contemporaines, Modul Dance. As a duo they were invited to take part in works from Catarina Dias (with whom they regularly collaborate), Lara Torres, Marco Martins, Clara Andermatt, Mark Tompkins and Tiago Rodrigues.
Jorge Silva Melo studied at the London Film School. He founded and directed Teatro da Cornucópia with Luís Miguel Cintra (1973-79). He received a scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation to intern with Peter Stein in Berlin and Giorgio Strehler in Milan. He is the author of the libretto of Le Château des Carpathes (based on Jules Vernes) by Philippe Hersant, of the plays Seis Rapazes Três Raparigas, António, Um Rapaz de Lisboa, O Fim ou Tende Misericórdia de Nós, Prometeu, Num País Onde Não Querem Defender os Meus Direitos, Eu Não Quero Viver baseado em Kleist, de Não Sei (in collaboration with Miguel Borges), O Navio dos Negros, Sala Vip, among others. He is the founder and artistic director of Artistas Unidos. He directed the following films: Passagem ou A Meio Caminho, Ninguém Duas Vezes, Agosto, Coitado do Jorge, António, Um Rapaz de Lisboa , a curta-metragem A Felicidade. He also directed the documentaries António Palolo e Joaquim Bravo, Évora, 1985, etc, etc, Felicidades, Conversa com Glicínia, Conversas em Leça em Casa de Álvaro Lapa, Nikias Skapinakis – O Teatro dos Outros, Álvaro lapa: A Literatura, António Sena, A Incessante Mão, Ângelo de Sousa: Tudo o que sou capaz, A Gravura: Esta Mútua Aprendizagem, Ainda Não Acabámos e Sofia Areal: um gabinete anti-dor. He has translated work by Carlo Goldoni, Luigi Pirandello, Oscar Wilde, Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, Lovecraft, Michelangelo Antonioni, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Heiner Müller and Harold Pinter.
Miguel Aguiar studied film at Universidade da Beira Interior. Since 2012, he has edited several films for Artistas Unidos. He co-directed, with Jorge Silva Melo, A África by José de Guimarães and Jogadores, based on the the play by Pau Miró. He co-directed the short film O Antropomorfo with Vítor Alves.