Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR
Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR, directed by choreographer and dancer Mariana Tengner Barros, designs disciplinary crossings in collaboration with graphic artist Mark Angelo and the A Bela Associação team. This project arises from the desire to value nature, with a special focus on trees and the importance they have in the balance of ecosystems. The creation process originated in the mapping of the oldest trees in the Greater Lisbon area. Four areas were chosen around the identified trees: Alcântara, Lumiar, Loures and Benfica. Much of the research was carried out under symbolic actions resulting from dialogue with the local community, free workshops, short performances and video recordings.
This phase of the project was called Invisible Forest, an autonomous, temporary and mobile performance space. The material collected and worked on in this phase make up the dramaturgy of Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR. Its creation also includes strategies that allowed the production of content accessible to blind and deaf people. It is very important for the team of this project that it can contribute to the eradication of prejudice and exclusion in relation to people with disabilities. Piece of the Heart: EXCALIBUR is a hybrid object, composed of several fragments of this experimentation, that invites the public to open their senses, in search of giving visibility to the invisible, sound to silence and shape to the unknown, in an immersive and interactive journey.
The project also includes the creation of a website to document, share and make available videos in streaming, in order to map the connections between trees, communities and territories, as well as testimonials and photographic records, or on video, of the work established with the various communities. This set of data collected will be presented in the context of national deforestation.
Programa de Mentoring Acesso Cultura, Ana Sousa Atelier, Terra Amarela
CIM- companhia de dança, Câmara Municipal de Loures- Unidade de Inclusão e Cidadania e ADPAC- Ass. de Defesa do Património Ambiental e Cultural de Santa Iria da Azóia
Project Financed by the GDA Foundation
- 29.09.20 at São Luiz Theater ⟡ Room Mário Viegas
- 26, 27 and 28th of February 2021 at VIC.
- 11th of June 2021 at Cine Teatro Avenida in Castelo Branco.
Artistic Director: Mariana Tengner Barros
Co-criation and Interpretation: Ana Rocha, Bárbara Pollastri, Bernardo Bertrand, Diana Bastos
Niepce, Jonny Kadaver, Mariana Tengner Barros, Mark Angelo, Mee K, Sebastião Pinto,
Tiago Rosário e Vera Marques
Musical Director: Jonny Kadaver
Graphics Director, Screen Printing and Figurines Mark Angelo
Technical Director: Daniel Oliveira
Dramaturgical Support: Nuno Miguel
Video Editing: Vera Marques
Cameras: Vera Marques, Mark Angelo, Jesus Crido e Diogo Simões
Co-Production: Galeria Zé dos Bois
Production: A Bela Associação
Thanks to: Gruta, Rádio Ophelia, Paula Moraes, Marco Paiva, Renaud Ruhlmann, Inês Cóias
Marta Ziul, Diogo Chotas André Curto, Gustavo Morgado, André Pais, Cristina Mendes, João
Rodrigues e participantes das acções de Teatro de Guerrilha