For close to 30 years director Mónica Calle has been running the successful Lisbon-based Casa Conveniente, which has built a reputation for itself as a dynamic theatre laboratory. Internationally her work is still only known to insiders. Together with people in a phase of upheaval and on the margins of society, Calle explores the alternative to a regulated, capitalist society: the resistive beauty and strength of imperfection.
Ensaio para uma Cartografia (Attempt for a Cartography) shows twelve women’s bodies with very different histories in a cycle of error, failure and renewed attempt. They stand in the semi-darkness of the stage and practise compositions from the œuvre of Ravel, Stravinsky or Beethoven. None of these women are classically trained dancers or musicians, which is exactly where they get their freedom and emancipatory power from. For the first time outside Portugal: a compelling plea for taking risks together.
- Artistic Team
Direction, scenography Monica Calle Light design José Álvaro Correia Music direction Rodrigo B. Camacho
With Ana Água, Cleo Tavares, Eufrosina Makengo, Inês Vaz, Lucília Raimundo, Mafalda Jara, Maria Inês Roque, Miu Lapin, Mónica Calle, Mónica Garnel, Roxana Lugojan, Sofia Vitória, Silvia Barbeiro
Stage photography Bruno Simão Video design (teasers) Marcelo Pereira Assistant director José Miguel Vitorino Executive production Inês Vaz
Production Casa Conveniente, Zona Não Vigiada (Lisbon) Co-production Teatro Nacional D.Maria II (Lisbon)
Mónica Calle is a Portuguese actress and director. In 1992, she started the project Casa Conveniente in Lisbon, an exceptional theatre laboratory that found its new location in 2013 as Casa Conveniente/Zona Não Vigiada in a deprived neighborhood of the city. Inspired by authors like Dagerman, Fiama Paes Brandão, Peter Handke, Thomas Bernhard, Luigi Pirandello, August Strindberg, Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov, among others, she has carried out since 2007 several workshops blending actors and non-actors. In 2009, she also launched a project training actors in prison. In 2011 she staged several performances from Heiner Müller. The basic idea of her artistic creation is to work from the margins. She directed successive stagings of the project Ensaio para uma Cartografia that is considered The Best Portuguese Performance of 2017 by Público. In the same year she was honored by the Portuguese government with the Women In Culture Recognition - The Maria Isabel Barreno Award.