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As part of the Viana do Castelo Book Fair, the work “Os últimos anos do Homem-Celha”, (“The Last Years of the Cucky Man”), by Miguel Falcão, winner of the 1st edition of the Lucilo Valdez Award, was presented in the Sala Couto Viana of the Viana do Castelo Municipal Library, promoted by the City Council.
Miguel Falcão (b. 1969, Lisbon) holds a PhD in Theater Studies (2006). Coordinating Professor at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, he coordinates the Theater Area (since 2008), the Masters in Art Education – specialization in Plastic Arts and Theater – and the Post-Graduations in Story Animation and Puppets and Forms Animated. He is also a researcher at the Center for Theater Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the Lisbon Unit. It favors the development of studies in the fields of Theater History, Puppet Theater, Art Education and Theater in Education.
He published, among other works, “Espelho de ver por dentro – O percurso teatro de Alves Redor”, “Marionetas e Formas Animadas: Teorias e Práticas” and “Arquimedes da Silva Santos: um homem (fora) do seu tempo”.
Has occasionally developed activities within the scope of artistic creation and programming and, in the field of dramaturgy, he received the Lucilo Valdez Theater Award (2020), awarded by the Viana do Castelo City Council, for the play “Os últimos anos do Homem-Celia” .
The text “Os últimos anos do Homem – Celha” stood out from the set of texts in competition for its strangeness, ability to move, containment of dialogues, harmonious way in which the narrative unfolds, strength of the characters, way of dealing with a theme that is universal and at the same time simple and poetic and dealing with something as touching as the “sudden happiness disease”.
The Lucilo Valdez Theater Award is intended to reward a Portuguese author of the best work in the field of drama text, aiming to stimulate literary creation and the appearance of new authors, as well as to reinforce scenic art and promote taste for the enjoyment and artistic practice in the theater area.