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FLAT AS THE GROUND
18 FEB 2018
New version
A stage play by João Sousa Cardoso
with Ana Deus

After its premiere at the São João National Theatre in 2012, João de Sousa Cardoso is now recreating Raso como o Chão specifically for Serralves Museum. Using the arsenal of enigmatic forms created by Álvaro Lapa (1939-2006) who bequeathed a work that blends together daily life, writing and painting, via a wide array of philosophical and literary references, João de Sousa Cardoso adapts Raso como o Chão (1977) for the stage, developing a conversation with the artist who taught him. The performance – which is designed for a singer, Ana Deus, and a lecturer - confronts popular forms, the revolutionary movement and various communities of desire, in a political and aesthetic reflection of contemporary Portugal and of Portuguese people living today.

Access subject to the purchase of a ticket 5€ (2,5€ for Serralves Friends / students / >65)

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  • LocationSerralves Auditorium
  • Schedule18h00 - 19h30
  • Days18 FEB 2018
  • Price€ 5,00
  • Serralves Friend€ 2,50
PhD in Social Sciences, from Paris Descartes University (Sorbonne). Between 2006 and 2009, he received a scholarship from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In 2016, he directed the stage play, Os Pescadores (The Fishermen) based on the work by Raul Brandão, which premiered at the Municipal Theatre of Porto. In 2015, he developed the stage play, TEATRO EXPANDIDO! (EXPANDED THEATRE!) in the Municipal Theatre of Porto. In 2014, he created MIMA-FATÁXA, based on the work by Almada Negreiros, co-produced by the Maria Matos Municipal Theatre, Teatro Viriato, Vila Flor Cultural Centre, Guarda Municipal Theatre and Teatro Virgínia. He also created Raso como o Chão (Flat as the Ground) (2012) at the São João National Theatre, in Porto, A Carbonária (2008), which premiered at Bragança Municipal Theatre, and O Bobo (The Fool) (2006), with performances at the Universities of Paris 3, Paris 4, Paris 8 and Paris 10 and in the national theatre at the Teatro Taborda in Lisbon. He directed the films Cinema Mudo (Silent Cinema) (2006), which premiered at the Serralves Auditorium, and 2 + 2 (2008), which premiered at the Jeu de Paume in Paris. He directed the films, Baal, based on the work by Bertolt Brecht (2013), A Ronda da Noite (The Night's Round), based on Quarteto by Heiner Müller (2013) shot entirely in the Cinema Batalha and A Santa Joana dos Matadouros (Saint Joan of the Stockyards) based on the work by Bertolt Brecht (2014) shot entirely in the former Industrial Slaughterhouse of Porto. In 2002 he was the artist in residence at the Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy), and between 2007 and 2008 at Expédition - Plateforme Européenne d'Échanges Artistiques, in the cities of Amsterdam, Vienna and Paris, at the invitation of the Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers.  In 2010, he took part in the exhibition To the Arts, Citizens!, at Serralves Museum. In 2012 he was the artistic director of Almada, A War Name / We Are Not Somewhere, based on the mixed media work by Ernesto de Sousa dedicated to Almada Negreiros, at Serralves Museum.

In 2016, he directed the film Na Selva das Cidades (In the Jungle of the Cities) with André Sousa, produced in São Paulo (Brazil) by the Oswald de Andrade Cultural Workshop and the Casa do Povo. In 2017 he participated in the Breviário do Brasil exhibition in the Oswald de Andrade Cultural Workshop. He is a professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and at the Universidade Lusófona. He regularly writes reviews and essays for several publications.
She has been singing in pop-rock bands since 1987. In 1993 she launched the group Três Tristes Tigres, with Regina Guimarães and Alexandre Soares, and they released four albums. Together they produced the performance, Ferida Consentida (Consented Wound), based on the work by Maria Gabriela Llansol, at the Centro Cultural de Belém and the Teatro Municipal Rivoli, in 1998. In 1999, with João Pedro Coimbra, she created the video-performance, KitchNet, with texts by Regina Guimarães, which premiered at the Teatro Carlos Alberto. In 2000 she participated in the Rome Biennial, as a member of the Sarajevo Grand Ensemble, based on a residency of Mediterranean artists, held in Sarajevo and Mostar. In 2006, working with Amarante Abramovici, Gustavo Costa, Henrique Fernandes and Marta Bernardes, she produced the performance, Sono (Drowsiness), based on the work by Ernesto de Melo e Castro, at Serralves Auditorium. In 2007, she created the performance Muda (Change) with Amarante Abramovici, for the Festival Trama. In 2008, she took part in the performance, A Carbonária, based on the work Álvaro Lapa. She bean taking part in Furious Reading in Amiens. In 2009, she participated in the Avalanche show in Berlin. In 2010, she recorded the work Degrau (cuidado) (Step (Mind the)) with poetry by Alberto Pimenta, in a joint publication with the author, for the publisher, Mia Soave. In 2011, with Alexandre Soares, she recorded the album, Animal under the name of Osso Vaidoso. In 2012, with João Sousa Cardoso, she created the performance, Raso como o Chão (Flat as the Ground). With Osso Vaidoso she performed in Brazil and participated in the Virada Cultural de São Paulo. At the end of 2013 she presented the performance, A cidade futura (The future city), with Alexandre Soares, based on the work by Mário Cesariny, at the Cupertino de Miranda Foundation in Vila Nova de Famalicão. In 2014, she participated in MIMA-FATÁXA by João Sousa Cardoso, based on the work by Almada Negreiros. She returned to Brazil with the project, Osso Vaidoso, in the framework of CinePort, the Portuguese-language film festival, held in João Pessoa. In 2015, with Nicolas Tricot she released the album, Bruta. In 2017 she reactivated the group Três Tristes Tigres and at the invitation of the Casa Fernando Pessoa, created, with Luca Argel, Ruído Vário/Canções com Pessoa (Various Noise / Songs with Pessoa), with publication of a CD-book scheduled for 2018.

Art Direction – João de Sousa Cardoso
Actors – João de Sousa Cardoso | Ana Deus
Light – Miguel Ângelo Carneiro
Photographer – Maria Begasse
Executive Producer – Isalinda Santos
Production Assistant – Ana Pinto

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