New season of Lu.Ca theater in Lisbon includes cycle dedicated to Children’s Rights

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Luís de Camões Theater, in Lisbon, starts a new season in September, which includes two cine-concerts, by Tó Trips and Manuel João Vieira, and a cycle dedicated to Children’s Rights.

According to that theater, in a statement released today, the “special program” dedicated to Children’s Rights, “includes, among other proposals, the premiere of two shows created by Teresa Coutinho and the company Os Possessos”.

This cycle starts in mid-October, but the new Lu.Ca season begins with a storytelling and reading session by Bru Junça, from the book “Com o Tempo” (Isabel Minhós Martins and Madalena Matoso), on September 9 and 10. The storyteller Bru Junça returns in October, November and December, once a month to “guide the audience through numerous stories from books that are part of the Lu.Ca Public Library”.

Also in September, there will be two cine-concerts, curated by the PLAY festival. In the first, with sessions on the 16th and 17th, Tó Trips (from Dead Combo and Club Makumba, among others) will accompany live “four Walt Disney short films made in the 1920s: ‘Alice’s Comedies’, presented in restored versions”.

Manuel João Vieira (Ena Pá 2000 and Irmãos Catita) “gives music to the short films of the director duo Giulio Gianini and Emanuele Luzzati, made between 1979 and 1981, in the cine-concert ‘Pulcinella and the Wonderful Tales'”, with sessions on September 23 and 24.

The cinema will also be a reason for Lu.Ca to host a workshop for families, on September 30 and October 1, in which, “through objects, plasticine, drawings and sound, a ‘mini-short film’ animated in ‘stop motion’ will be created”.

At the beginning of October, “O Anel do Unicórnio – uma ópera em miniatura”, a show with music by Martim Sousa Tavares and staging by Ricardo Neves-Neves, returns to the Lu.Ca stage.

Starting in mid-October, “Lu.Ca is once again betting on a broad programming cycle, this time with Children’s Rights as the focus”.

This cycle includes two theater shows, an exhibition, a workshop, two film sessions and the presentation of a book on the history of Teatro Luís de Camões.

“In connection with the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – celebrated on November 20 – the program seeks not only to publicize or claim the legal principles adopted 34 years ago, but to reflect on them together,” explains the theater.

In Teresa Coutinho’s new creation, “Peço a palavra”, “a parliament is staged where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is debated”, and “those who ask for the floor are the teenagers, the future adults, who are the real guarantors of the application of this Declaration”.

“In all the performances, from October 19 to 29, the debate will be unique and unrepeatable and from each show will come a Declaration of the Rights of Adolescents”, explains Lu.Ca.

The artistic collective Os Possessos will “organize an Extraordinary Assembly of Exceptionals in the theater show ‘I Didn’t Know I Could'”.

This “meeting, surrounded by great secrecy”, takes place between November 17 and 26 on the Lu.Ca stage, coinciding with the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In the workshop “With what rights?”, the central piece will be a blanket-game, created by Joana Simões Piedade and Emma Andreetti, “around which children and adults will meet, think and talk together, in the theater and in schools, about their rights”, with sessions between October 14 and November 10.

The Children’s Rights cycle also includes the exhibition “Pé de Direitos”, by the collective Gabinete Paratextual”, which will be open between October 13 and November 30, film sessions, with short films selected by the PLAY festival, between October 13 and 15, and a ‘snack’, a snack presentation of the book “The history of LU.CA – A theater for children”, which “shows the story of how a small Teatro do Rei became a space for children who are like big people”, on November 11.

The theater’s program for December includes the multidisciplinary show “Roda-Viva (The girl and the circle)”, by Cláudia Nóvoa, which starts from a story by Sandro William Junqueira and crosses Circus, Dance, Music and Live Drawing. This show will be performed between December 6 and 17.

The Lu.Ca program, as well as dates, times and ticket prices for shows and other activities, can be consulted online at www.lucateatroluisdecamoes.pt.

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