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Pêndulo

by Marco Martins und Arena Ensemble
Director: Marco Martins

Studio

Guest Performance FIND 2024
Lisbon

04/20/2024, 16.00–17.40
In Portugese with German and English surtitles

Followed by a post-show talk

A group of carers and domestic workers whose lives are dominated by the daily commute between the edges of the capital Lisbon and its centre; between their homes and the homes of their employers; between the countries in which they were born and Portugal, the country where they now live; between past and present, hope and longing. »Pêndulo« is an intimate, constantly moving search embarked upon together by the director Marco Martins and the ensemble. The protagonists and co-writers of this production are seven women who work as cleaners and carers. They all came to Portugal from its former colonies in Africa and Latin America.

What is the relationship between these immigrant workers and the families for whom they work—and for whom they have left their own homes in order to clean the houses of others? What kind of relationships do they form? What do the women think about on their way to work and back home again—that is, if they don’t fall asleep from exhaustion on the bus or train?

In situations that are simultaneously personal and dreamlike, they stand on stage and talk about their own and other people’s family relationships, the clash between different ways of life, places, expectations and daily routines. »Pêndulo« also traces the remnants of Portuguese colonialism in the present and creates a panorama of a society caught in the back-and-forth movement of the eponymous daily pendular movement of commuting. And everywhere there are the vestiges of a colonialism which, even more than half a century after its end, is deeply inscribed in people’s consciousness and unconscious.

With »Pêndulo«, director Marco Martins continues the artistic practice he has developed over several years which comprises intensive encounters with specific communities living on the urban peripheries. His longterm exchange with people who are not trained actors and their life stories forms the core of his award-winning productions and movies, which he has been realising since 2007 as part of the artistic platform »Arena Ensemble«.

WITH: Elane Galacho, Emanuelle Bezerra, Fabi Lima, Juliana Teodoro Alves, Maria Gustavo, Maria YaYa Rodrigues Correia, Nádia Fabrici
TEXT: Marco Martins with collaboration of cast and Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida
MUSCI: Tia Maria Produções
CHOREOGRAPHY: Vânia Rovisco
SCENOGRAPHY ASSISTNAT AND DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT: Rita Quelhas
SET DESGIN: fala atelier
LIGHTING DESIGN: Nuno Meira
SOUND DESIGNER AND SOUND OPERATION: Vítor Santos
CASTING: José Pires
SCENOGRAPHIC PROJECT, PRODUCTION AND ASSEMBLY: Artworks
MANAGEMENT ARENA ENSEMBLE: Marta Delgado Martins
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Flávio Catelli
COORDINATION AND PRODUCTION DIRECTION: Mariana Brandão

Thanks to: Alexandrina Barros de Pina, Beatriz Maciel, Denise Souto, Filomena Correia, Maria Stella Barbosa de Oliveira, Miriam Pontífice, Poly Ferreira, Rosana Peixoto; Augusto Cabrita Municipal Auditorium Team, Adelaide Silva (Almada Mundo), Ângela Fernandes Barbosa (Centro Cultural de Cabo Verde), Keilla Gonçalves (Conexão Feminina – Setúbal), Larissa Birca (Associação Moldava), Lígia Almeida (Ad Sumus – Almada), Ministério dos Filmes, Natércia Pedro (Centro Comunitário Arrentela), Nuno Lopes, Patrícia Brederode (Casa do Brasil), Pedro Lisboa (coordenador RSI Montijo), Pedro Santarém (C.M Barreiro), Pensão Favorita (Porto), Príncipe Discos, Samantha Costa, Sandra Coelho (Cinema-Teatro Joaquim d’Almeida), Sandra Pratas Rodrigues (Montijo), Sílvia Gil, Soraia Talento Marques (Alto Comissariado para as Migrações)

Co-Production: Arena Ensemble, Artemrede, Rota Clandestina/C.M. Setúbal, Teatro Municipal do Porto – Rivoli and São Luiz Teatro Municipal/PROSPERO – Extended Theatre
Support: DGArtes, Microcrete, Pensão Favorita – Porto, Príncipe Discos. Ministério dos Filmes, SMS Vending. Municipality by Barreiro, Almada, Montijo and Lissabon

Duration: ca. 100 minutes

Supported by the European theater network PROSPERO – Extended Theatre