Tribute to Rui Mendes

Almada Festival

Every year, the Almada Festival pays homage to a personality that, throughout the course of his life, is a reference for the theatre.

The Tribute of the Festival of Almada recognizes its invaluable contribution to the development of a new way of being in the theatre, in the cinema and on television. A participation that has always been marked by a strong civic motivation, which makes Rui Mendes one of the most significant public servants of the performing arts in Portugal.

Rui Mendes was, at the opening show of the Festival of Almada, awarded by His Excellency the President of the Republic with the Order of Merit Commendation.

  • The Tribute will take place, on the 11th of July, at 21h, in the Main Room of the TMJB, just before the show Castro, by António Ferreira, staged by Nuno Cardoso, at the Teatro Nacional São João. 
  • Before, at 18h, three shows: The World is round, by Teatro do Bairro; Too noisy solitude, by the United Artists, with a session also at 22h: and Turma de 95, by Barba Azul, with a session also at 22h. 
  • At 9 pm, in addition to Castro, at TMJB, there is also at the CCB, in Lisbon, the show by the Almada Theater Company, Winter Travel, by Elfriede Jelinek, staged by Nuno Carinhas, who enters the Festival for the first time of Almada. 
  • At 9:30 pm, By Heart, with text and staging by Tiago Rodrigues, at the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, can be seen at Academia Almadense.

Winter Trip
(Small Auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Belém, 11th, 13th and 14th, at 9 pm, and 12th, at 4 pm)
M / 14 2h40

It is the first time that Nuno Carinhas has directed a creation for Companhia de Teatro de Almada: a play by Elfriede Jelinek that carries a significantly historical memory (in which the survival of the fascist mentality stands out) but also autobiographical. The title refers to the Schubert cycle, about poems by Wilhelm Müller, which the author herself frequently accompanied on the piano. “I think that no work of art has ever meant more to me,” wrote Jelinek about Winterreise in the speech of thanks for the Mülheim Prize for Dramatic Authors given by the text Winter Travel. A play. In addition to the author’s revisiting elements of her own life, the text addresses recent episodes in Austrian life: the bankruptcy and rescue of the bank Hypo Alpe Adria, or the abduction of Natascha Kampusch, the ten-year-old girl who was held hostage for more than eight years.

BY Elfriede Jelinek SCENE Nuno Carinhas TRANSLATION António Sousa Ribeiro CENOGRAPHY AND FIGURINES Nuno Carinhas LIGHT DRAWING Nuno Meira SOM Andreia Mendrico INTERPRETATION Ana Cris, Flávia Gusmão, Teresa Gafeira PARTICIPATION Sara Carinhas

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