By Luciana Leitão
This is one of those good weekends for the arts’ sector. I would like to highlight two events: first, the theatre play Made in Macau 2.0. Secondly, the guided tour to José Drummond’s solo exhibition I’m too sad to tell you, hosted by the artist himself.
Made in Macau 2.0 is an English-language play that mixes puppetry, storytelling and documentary theatre, made by an independent company Rolling Puppet. Teresa Lam, the mentor of the play, chose to tell her own life story — her mother was an immigrant coming from Mainland China, without any economic means, in the 1980s, when there were economical difficulties in the city. By portraying her real life story, she is actually talking about the story of many others, who have witnessed over time the changes in Macau.
The play takes place at the old court building, tomorrow, February 18, and on Sunday, February 19. As the organisers explain on their Facebook page, “by reviving intimate family memories and confronting present reality, the artists question the changing identity of Macao as a cultural hybrid, her enormous social and economical transformations, and their effects on the local ideology through serious and comic scenes as well as puppets and objects.”
On another note, I would like to highlight the guided tour to the exhibition I’m Too Sad to Tell You, by the artist José Drummond and the curator Margarida Saraiva, which takes place tomorrow, February 18, 5.30 pm, at Casa Garden.
“The exhibition presents more than 20 new works, including photography, installation, video and objects, along which the artist explores the concepts of light and shadow, mirrored, reflected and multiplied, exhibited in a theatrical, scenographic condition,” the event’s organisers mention in the official Facebook page. This is a show built from the inability to express feelings.
When you have the chance to be guided through one’s work by the artist himself, it is an opportunity not to be missed.