Artist Ainhoa Vidal brings a love story to children aged three to five in the show Asas de Papel (Paper Wings, in English), which premiered on Saturday, April 9, in São Luiz Teatro Municipal, in Lisbon, and will last until April 17.
“This is the story of an instant, a split second, a fracture in time, this is the story of the moment when everything jumped, took off, vanished,” says the show’s synopsis. “You know jumping is flying and landing is arriving. You know that when you look up, you look back and time is never linear, as a line is never a line but a sequence of events, and events is what we will be talking about.”
The story of Miguel and Simone is told with the help of paper sculptures — by Carla Martínez and Ángel Ruiz Orozco — and music by Pedro Gonçalves. According to Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias, kids and the rest of the audience will not be seated, as they will be invited to follow the characters around.
“All the ideas of the story came from the children,” Ms Vidal said, as quoted by the newspaper. The dancer explained how for several months she worked with young children from two schools — Jl Santo Contestável and Jardim Infantil Pestalozzi — to build a story based on their imagination.
São Luiz Teatro Municipal commissioned the show. Ticket prices are 3 euros (27 patacas) for children and 7 euros for adults. Between April 9 and 17, there will be one daily session at 10:30 am from Monday to Friday, and two sessions on Saturday and on Sunday, at 11 am and 4 pm.
More information can be found here.