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03 OCT 2014
This play began to take shape after a number of visits made by the artist Rui Catalão to a friend of his own age, who had been admitted to the oncology ward of a hospital in Lisbon. Catalão witnessed his friend’s progressive loss of physical capacities, as he began to acquire the appearance of a baby. This image was completed the last time he saw him: he was only wearing a nappy. 
Through personal and generational memories and events in the country's recent history, Catalão embarks upon an imaginary excursion towards themes and procedures which we are familiar with, but that we normally keep private: the panic of death and the relationship of fear that we have established with the unknown, generated by the inhibitions that we impose upon our body.
Avenue of Good Friends
In the Avenue Of Good Friends I invite spectators, arranged in a semi-circle, to experience a "psychological hour". Using anecdotes and faits divers, personal, generational memories and the country's recent history, we embark upon an imaginary excursion to themes and procedures which we are familiar with, but that we normally keep private: the panic of death and the relationship of fear that we have established with the unknown, generated by the inhibitions that we impose upon our body. 
The Avenue Of Good Friends is my third solo work, and the sixth episode in which I explore autobiography and memory as fictional materials. Each of these plays is the scenic equivalent to that which is conventionally called in the literature, bildungsroman (coming-of-age novel). The series began with Dentro das palavras (Inside Words) (2010), which includes the first four episodes, and continued with Self-portrait, assisted by Constantin Brâncushi (2011), this series of "accompanied solos" is a game of improvised encounters with people I meet in the audience. 
During this process they will help me to unlock memories, from the invisible wall that separates the audience from the stage, this direct relationship with the people in the audience, represents a return to the old tradition of storytellers, whose performance depended upon the curiosity of listeners.
Rui Catalão

The stage work of Rui Catalão (b. 1971, Cacém) is associated to the themes of memory, chance, fragility, transparency, a questioning relationship with the audience and exploration of how storytelling changes the perception of each body. He is the author and performer of the solo performances, "Inside words” (26 shows in Portugal, Romania and Slovenia in 2010-11) and "Self-portrait”, assisted by Constantin Brâncushi (2011). In 2014, he premiered "Songs and commentaries”, and in 2012, "Melodrama for 2 actors and a ghost” and the "Goya Manifesto” (In the Night of the Manifesto), all three performed in the Teatro Maria Matos. He also produced the stage plays of the group, Elogio da classe política portuguesa (Praise of the Portuguese political class) (2004); Domados, ou não (Tamed or not) (with students of the Balleteatro school in the Serralves Foundation, 2011) and he wrote the play "Ester2, staged by 12 youth theatre companies for Culturgest’s Panos 2013 programme. 
He regularly collaborates with the duo, João Galante-Ana Borralho, and has worked in the field of playwriting for Estalo Novo (with the Companhia Maior, 2013): Atlas (2012) and Untitled-still life (2009). 
In 2006-2009, he lived in Romania, centering his activity as a playwright and performer in the Centrul National al Dansului, in Bucharest; He wrote the plays of the group, Atît de frageda, Coada Soricelului, Follow that summer; He wrote the plays of Madalina Dan (Iluzionistele), Mihaela Dancs and Carmen Cotofana (First steps); He presented the improvisation series, "Acum totsi împreuna e Rui” in the CNDB and directed drama and performance workshops in Bucharest and Cluj. 
In 2009 he attended a residency at the Cullberg Theatre (Stockholm); and participated in the Springdance festival (Utrecht), where he presented his live cinema apparatus. He also worked with João Fiadeiro, Miguel Pereira, Manuel Pelmus, Brynjar Bandlien, Maile Colbert and Eduard Gabia (with whom he presented "How to become invisible” in the Avignon Festival in 2011). 
For cinema, he has written the screenplays of "O capacete dourado” (The Golden Helmet) and "Morrer como um homem” (Die like a man); and worked as an actor in "A cara que mereces” (The face you deserve) by Miguel Gomes. He contributes on a periodic basis to the Ípsilon supplement of the Público newspaper, and conceived and organized the book "Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in Lisbon" (INCM), at the invitation of programmers of Artista na Cidade (Artist in the City), and is author of "Ingredientes do Mundo Perfeito” (Ingredients of the Perfect World), about the theatre of Tiago Rodrigues .

  • LocationAuditório de Serralves
  • Schedule22h00 - 23h00
  • Days03 OCT 2014
  • Price€ 5,00
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