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O RAPAZ DE UCELLO - OU AQUILO QUE NUNCA PERGUNTEI AO ÁLVARO LAPA
06 MAY 2018


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O RAPAZ DE UCELLO ou aquilo que nunca perguntei ao Álvaro Lapa 
(THE BOY FROM UCELLO or what I never asked Alvaro Lapa)
by Jorge Silva Melo 
with Jorge Silva Melo and João Pedro Mamede
documentation: Leonor Buescu 
set design notes: Rita Lopes Alves
lighting: Pedro Domingos
ARTISTAS UNIDOS

No, Alvaro Lapa wasn’t evasive. He was penetrating. He responded, he hesitated very little, he spoke softly, he kept a silence that no one could interrupt. Sometimes painful silences. I didn’t always understand what he said, in a peremptory fashion. They were "proverbs" he used to say. I spent three days at his house in Leça de Palmeira, asking him questions. Probably because I wasn’t middle class and because we met in long afternoons in Lisbon cafés, in those years between 1964 and 1966, during my first years in college, Lapa welcomed me into his house, he even gave me the keys - in case I wanted to arrive earlier "tomorrow". "What a beautiful jumper!" I said to him. He smiled, with his twinkling sad smile. "I bought it for the film". I have to admit I loved sitting there, looking at him, seeing him, intelligent, fierce, sharp, scintillating, accurate, and also profoundly fragile. It was impossible not to look at him, he was a magnet. And I posed a lot of questions to him, banal questions just to get him talking, questions. And I didn’t ask him, I didn’t actually ask him very much. Who was this shadow of a teenager who had glimpsed a mirror, a trace in Uccello ("my only classical reference", he remarked)? What is the link from here to Gombrowicz, whose Notebook achieved ... to the Villon of the ancient snows? So many questions that I could have asked, I was so stupid. Lapa was right there in front of me, and he was willing to talk. And I didn’t even ask the crucial question: what is Literature, Alvaro?

We will always be asking ourselves about this. With João Pedro Mamede, an actor who I profoundly admire. I wanted to delve into this weird thing - to be faced by someone who we admire (and Lapa is truly admirable) and not be able to ask him what I wanted to know, through my fear of appearing to be foolish.

Yes, it's about what I never asked Alvaro. Once again, it’s about Literature.

JSM

Image Copyright: Jorge Silva Melo.
  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule21h30 - 23h00
  • Days06 MAY 2018
Os Artistas Unidos existem desde 1995,  quando criaram "António, um Rapaz de Lisboa” de Jorge Silva Melo. Foi com espetáculos de elenco numeroso, peças sobre o aqui e agora ou outras do passado explicitamente políticas, que fizeram os primeiros tempos. O Seminário "Sem Deus nem Chefe”, realizado na Antiga Fábrica Mundet do Seixal, em que foram criadas cinco pequenas produções, cada uma coordenada por um actor que nela participava, serviu de ensaio para os dois anos e meio de trabalho n’A Capital / Teatro Paulo Claro, encerrada pela CML em 29 de Agosto de 2002. A partir desse período intenso, a aposta foi na dramaturgia contemporânea: Sarah Kane, Gregory Motton, Jon Fosse, David Harrower, Mark O’Rowe, Xavier Durringer, Spiro Scimone; Jorge Silva Melo, José Maria Vieira Mendes, Rui Guilherme Lopes e Francisco Luís Parreira entre os portugueses. Escolheram-se clássicos: Melville, Kleist, Kafka, Beckett, Pinter. Foram trinta estreias, vários acolhimentos e co-produções, seminários, leituras. Com o fecho d’A Capital, andaram por várias salas de Lisboa até se sediarem, a partir de 2012, no Teatro da Politécnica.  Realizaram vários filmes sobre artistas nomeadamente António Palolo, Joaquim Bravo, Alvaro Lapa, Angelo de Sousa, Bartolomeu Cid dos Santos, Nikias Skapinakis, António Sena, José de Guimaraes. Organizarm  também  exposições de  artistas como Sofia Areal, Álvaro Lapa, Pedro Proença, Xana, Pedro Chorão, Miguel Ribeiro, Michael Biberstein, Ana Isabel Miranda Rodrigues, Sérgio Pombo, Barbara Lessing, Ana Vieira, Ângelo de Sousa, Manuel San Payo, Ivo, Nikias Skapinakis, Jorge Martins.

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