Play “Terminal ou o estado do mundo” opens the 41st edition of the Almada Festival today

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A cante alentejano show, an exhibition on the Revolution in theater, an installation on Federico García Lorca and the play “Terminal ou o estado do mundo” open the 41st Theater Festival in Almada today.

Nineteen plays and 17 concerts make up the program of this edition of the event which, according to director Rodrigo Francisco, is made up of very different shows”, characteristic of an initiative that continues to be guided by “meeting those who have very different ways of thinking from the company”.

Running until July 18 in that city, and with performances also at the Centro Cultural de Belém, this year’s edition of the event pays homage to the A Barraca theater company, which is the subject of an installation entitled “A dream by Federico García Lorca is born in Lisbon”, by José Manuel Castanheira, on display in the atrium of the D. António da Costa School.

“Terminal (O Estado do Mundo)”, a joint production by Formiga Atómica with other theaters and institutions and which this year will be presented at the Avignon Festival in France, is the play that opens the festival tonight on the large stage of the D. António da Costa School.

“Beyond Pain”, by British playwright Alexander Zeldin, which the CTA premiered in 2002, will return to the Experimental Room of the Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite for nine sessions, starting on Friday.

On Friday and Saturday, the main hall of the theater will host “Fonte da Raiva”, a play by Cucha Carvalheiro that premiered at the Teatro S. Luiz in Lisbon.

The festival’s first foreign play – “Jogging” – will take to the stage of the Incrível Almadense Festival Hall on Friday (to be repeated on Saturday and Sunday), as it is the show of honor that the public voted in 2023 to return to this year’s edition.

“1001 Noites – Irmã Palestina”, created by Olga Roriz and João Brites, marks the return of O Bando to Almada, with a performance on Saturday on the large stage of the D. António da Costa School.

“La tempesta”, by Shakespeare, in a version translated by Eduardo Filippo and directed by Eugénio Monti Cola, by the Italians from Compagina Marionettistica Carlo Cola & Figli, will be on stage at the Municipal Forum on Saturday and Sunday.

For Rodrigo Francisco, this is a “must-see” show, not only because of the size of the puppets, but also because Eduardo de Filippo (1900-1984) gave voice to all the characters in the play except Miranda and Ariel, having recorded the voices in his last year of life.

This year, for the first time, RTP will record two shows for later broadcast on television: “Além da dor” and “Full moon”, a choreography by Josef Nadj, to be presented on the 12th on the big stage of the D. António da Costa School, added Rodrigo Francisco.

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