This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre in Lisbon, designed by the architects Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira . To mark the date, the Almada Festival created a cycle dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture .
The highlight of this initiative will be the Povera Pavilion , designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon, who are also curators of the other activities programmed. In between theater performances, workshops, exhibitions, educational service initiatives, conferences and debates, it will still be possible to make a tour to the ” Blue Theatre “, guided by Manuel Graça Dias, who will explain some of the stories that are at the origin of the architectural decisions for the project.
Within the framework of the 32nd edition of the Almada Theatre Festival, the Festival is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theater, which was designed by architects Manuel Graça Dias and Egas José Vieira . To mark this date, there will be a cycle specially dedicated to the relationship between theater and architecture in its multiple dimensions through the initiative “Giving place to the happening” promoted by the Almada Theatre Festival .
Within the program of activities there will be a series of conferences and debates on the 14th, 15th and 16th of July, aiming to explore the relationship between architecture and theater. This cycle, moderated by architect and set designer Sara Franqueira, will be attended by Manuel Graça Dias, Diogo Seixas Lopes and Patricia Barbas (from Barbas Lopes Architects), João Mendes Ribeiro, José Manuel Castanheira, José Capela, Nuno Grande and Jesús Donaire, secretary of the BigMat Award. The intention is to explore the relationship between two intimate disciplines in its various contact points through topics such as design and construction of theaters, set design for theater or even urban public space, understood as a backdrop to the city stage.
Also, from the 4th to the 18th of July, it will be possible to visit the ‘ Povera Pavilion’, the architectural piece that is established as the central meeting point of this initiative, designed by architects João Quintela and Tim Simon. In this space the play and performance ‘Povera. Cena. Cenoura ‘ will be presented, composed of seven acts and an epilogue where space promises to take the place of drama as a starting point for action. This piece, with free entry and scheduled for days 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 July, will be performed by Spanish actor, director and architect Luis Amalia Rodrigues Carnero, thus creating a link with Spain, the guest country of this edition.
At the same time a Set Design workshop will be held, coordinated by renowned French set designer Jean-Guy Lecat, organized by the Ordem dos Arquitectos Secçao Regional Sul (Portuguese Architecture Association). Finally, during these days it will still be possible to visit an exhibition in the Blue Theatre, inspired by the point of view of those who use it daily. A guided tour of the inside of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre will be conducted by architect Manuel Graça Dias, one of the authors of the project. All activities of “Architeture and theatre: giving place to the happening” will take place in the António da Costa School and the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre.
32nd Edition of the Almada Festival
10th Year Anniversary of the Joaquim Benite Municipal Theatre
From the 4th to the 18th of July, 2015
Images courtesy of Diana Quintela
Information courtesy of Festival de Almada and João Quintela