Returns, premieres and awarded artists: DDD 2020 at Teatro Municipal do Porto
Aude Arago

Teatro Municipal do Porto presented its programme for March-July 2020 today. It includes the fifth edition of DDD – Festival Dias da Dança and the 43rd edition of FITEI – International Theatre Festival of Iberian Expression.

DDD shall once again take place at Teatro Rivoli and Teatro Campo Alegre, as well as other cultural venues and public places in the cities of Porto, Matosinhos and Gaia, and also Viana do Castelo and Coimbra.

The programme announced today reveals a total of seven new performances that were selected for an edition built around three issues that are key to understand the world: ritual, affection and today’s community.

The Festival opens on April 18 with Marry Me in Bassiani, by the collective (LA)HORDE, a performance crossing Georgian folk tradition and Tbilisi’s techno scene, the birthplace of a local protest movement.

Alessandro Sciarroni, one of the youngest choreographers ever to receive a Golden Lion at the Venice Dance Biennale (2019), will present his latest creation, Augusto, in which nine performers (actors, dancers and singers) express themselves physically and vocally through laughter.

There will be parallel activities open to the public associated with both Marry Me in Bassiani and Augusto: a Georgian folk dance workshop and a laughter yoga workshop with Sabrina Tacconi.

French choreographer Phia Ménard makes her first appearance at DDD with Saison Sèche [Dry Season], a telluric ritual featuring seven women fighting against a closed, regulatory space, while Portuguese performer Sónia Baptista presents Geração 0.1 [Generation 0.1], a piece that explores the expectations of recent dance graduates.

The Asian continent contributes with two presentations by two female choreographers whose previous works were shown on the stages of Rivoli and Campo Alegre.

In her first duet, Filipino Eisa Jocson (winner of the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award 2019) joins Russ Ligtas to create Princess, a game that questions race and gender identity based on the iconic (and happy) character of Snow White.

As for Korean Eun-Me Ahn, she returns with North Korea Dance, a performance that brings hope for creating a common language through dance between two countries that are geographically too close, but too far apart for political reasons.

In Hark!, Luísa Saraiva and Senem Gökçe Oğultekin explore the physical presence of sound based on singing and on the qualities, textures and capabilities associated with different body parts. A choreographic and somatic research based on Henry Purcell’s score Hail! Bright Cecilia.

It should be noted that Princess, North Korea Dance and Hark! are presented in the scope of the + WEEK (April 29 to May 3), the event crossing the dance programme from DDD and the theatre programme from FITEI – International Theatre Festival of Iberian Expression, continuing the strategic partnership established between the two festivals in 2019.

The + WEEK was designed as an event for international programmers, but most of its activities are also open to the general public.

The full programming of DDD+FITEI 2020 will be announced in March.



15 APR — 02 MAY 2021