DESCANSAR: music for theater

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


What do we write in stone? What marble books, what flower beds, what photomontages do we use to honour the people who died? What aesthetic decisions do we make? DESCANSAR [To Rest] is based on cemeteries: places of homage, for one thing, but also where one is able to read social, political, economic and gender differences, among others. A cemetery is a highly performing place: on the one hand, ritualistic; on the other hand, mundane (there are cat food bowls, brooms behind graves, public notices). It is also a threshold: the worlds of the living and of the dead coexist. There’s a symbolic, imaginary, religious and ghostly presence. And a slow, unstoppable movement: decay. A cemetery is a place of crossing and tension, and therefore imminently theatrical. — Raquel S.

Artistic direction and text: Raquel S.
Performance and co-creation: Júlia Valente_ and Leonor Cabral
Set design and costumes: Pedro Azevedo
Music and sound space: José Alberto Gomes
Lighting: Tiago Silva
Video and image: Nuno Matos
Dramaturgical contribution and movement support: Vera Santos
Production direction: Inês Maia | Pé de Cabra
Production support: Jessica Duncalf
Support: TUP - Teatro Universitário do Porto
Costume making: Ana Fernandes, Delfina Oliveira, and Rosa Almeida
A Noitarder - Cultural Association show
Co-production: Creation grant from O Espaço do Tempo, with the support of BPI and "La Caixa" Foundation, and Teatro Municipal do Porto
Original languagePortuguese
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2023
EventTeatro Universitário do Porto - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 24 Oct 202324 Oct 2023

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