By Sofia Jesus
Fringe is back. The arts festival started yesterday and will offer dance, theatre and interactive performances until January 22. “A Feast of Creativity — Bon Appétit” is this year’s theme.
The banquet this weekend includes Night, by Circolando (Portugal). The show, directed by André Braga, features “a trio of men and an intensely physical and emotional dance, in dialogue with live music manipulated by a DJ with strong participation on stage,” according to the organisers. You can watch it, today, Saturday, at 7.15 pm, at the Old Court Building.
Later today, at 9.30 pm, also at the Old Court Building, the Spitfire Company (Czech Republic) brings us an internationally acclaimed performance called Antiwords. The physical theatre piece directed by Petr Boháč is inspired by the works of the former president of Czech Republic and playwright Václav Havel. “What happens when a brewer and a persecuted politician, alter ego of Havel himself, meet on stage? Two actresses, a crate of genuine Czech beer, huge original masks and absurd humour.”
Tomorrow, Sunday, at 3 pm, Wooshing Machine (Belgium) brings The Magnificent 4 to the Old Court Building. In this performance, four men-in-suit use their body as instruments to create unique tempo, the organisers explain.
Also at the Old Court Building, there will be something tomorrow for the little ones. A Little Bird Lost Its Way, by Big Mouse Kids Drama Group, will be performed on Sunday at 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm: “By playing games and making handicrafts, children will experience the changes of environment and realise the close relationship between nature and human beings.”
The feast, this weekend, goes on in other venues as well. The interactive performance Zuò Zuò Tea House, by Co-coism (Taiwan), directed by Hung Chien-Han and Tseng Shih-Yi, will be running every half an hour at Beco da Felicidade — from 3 pm to 6.30 pm today, and from 3 pm to 4.30 pm tomorrow — to reveal “the solitude and secrets” of the district.
Then, there’s the site-specific musical In Good Hands, by Catherine Ireton (Ireland), at Salon, in Rua de Bruxelas, today, at 8 pm, and tomorrow at 5 pm and 8 pm. According to the organisers, it is “an interactive performance of music and storytelling that celebrates the rituals of hairdressing — of secrets, of trust and of our human needs to share and connect”.
Today and tomorrow, at 8 pm, at Hiu Kok Experimental Theatre, there are contemporary dance solos from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan, in Body Code: Post-colonial Blue Birds.
As if all this weren’t enough for one weekend, you have live art performance Mobile Kitchen, in which individuals from the cultural field are invited to share their skills as chefs. You should check out Point View Art Association’s Facebook page for details on the venues, as well as live streaming. Mobile Kitchen will run everyday until January 21.
A weekend full of creativity awaits you. Give it a chance.