The Guerrilla Action of The Invisible Forest is created according to the specific context of each tree. We use some aesthetic elements in all of the actions, such as the banners and the ninja characters in contrast with different characters and figures that we create for each zone. One of the tools we use is a device called Plants Play that we connect to the leaves or trunk of the trees, becoming an interface for the tree’s electro-magnetic impulses to be translated into sound and music, dialoguing with our musicians, singers and performers, becoming part of the sound tracks of the performances. We are very adaptable to the covid-19 restriction rules, being able to interact more or less with the public, according to the rules at the time.
Artistic Direction: Mariana Tengner Barros & Mark Angelo
Choreography: Mariana Tengner Barros
Performance: Mariana Tengner Barros, Diana Niepce, Vera Marques, Tiago Rosário, Jonny Kadaver, Mee_K, Sebastião Pinto, Bernardo Bertrand, Jesus Crido, André Pais & Gustavo Morgado
Cameras: Mark Angelo, Vera Marques, Jesus Crido & Diogo Simões
Video editing: Vera Marques
Music: DJ Mee_K
Costumes and banners: Mark Angelo
Project Financed by GDA Foundation and co-produced by Galeria Zé dos Bois
THE LOST STORY OF THE MISSING TREE OF THE CASTLE
The Invisible Forest project in Almada has the support of the Municipality of Almada and was developed between January and April 2021, through actions of Poetic Guerrilla Performance around trees chosen in the municipality of Almada, as well as through conversations and debates, film viewings and documentaries around environmental protection focused on raising awareness on the importance of preserving old trees. Due to the rules of the DGS at the time of the new confinement, the activities had to be adapted to the online format, giving birth to the first of a line of Chronicles of a Bunch of Ninjas: THE LOST STORY OF THE MISSING TREE OF THE CASTLE
Guerrilla Action @ Aveiro 2021
The Ninjas were in Aveiro bringing awareness of protection to the 3 centenary trees in the parishes of Beduído and Veiros, Glória and Vera Cruz and Belazaima do Chão.
🌳 520-year-old cork oak found in Largo de S. Geraldo in the parish of Beduído e Veiros
🌳 120-year-old aura-de-norfolk found in Jardim Infante D. Pedro in the parish of Glória and Vera Cruz
🌳 315-year-old cork oak found in the Giant Cork Oak Park in Belazaima do Chão
Guerrilla Action @ Castelo Branco 2021
The Ninjas were in Castelo Branco to bring awareness of protection to the district’s 3 millenary and centennial trees in the parishes of Póvoa da Atalaia, Montes da Senhora and Cernache do Bonjardim.
🌳 300-year-old mulberry tree located in Largo da Amoreira in Póvoa da Atalaia
🌳 200-year-old cork oak located in Cernache do Bonjardim.
🌳Olive tree with more than 1000 years located in Largo da Igreja in Montes da Senhora
Elmos da Quinta das Conchas e dos Lilases
Lumiar, Lisboa, 2020
Sing to the well to wake up Persephone
Park of the Shells and Lilacs
Lumiar, Lisbon, September 2020
Improvised Guerrilla Action Ritual: “Sing to the well to wake up Persephone”. Well in front of the Elm trees and next to an Acacia tree that also played through the Plants Play device.
Cantiga da Ceifa sung by Vera Marques with Jonny Kadaver in “throat singing” and Acacia through Plants Play
Sound capture: Tiago Rosário
Camera: Mark Angelo
Guerrilla Action #4 @Lumiar
The Ninjas were at the Park of the Shells and Lilacs in Lumiar, Lisbon in September 2020 bringing consciousness for the protection of the centenary Elm trees and all nature through these actions of poetic guerrilla.
🌳 Elm Trees with more then 100 years in Park of the Shells and Lilacs.