André Amálio

Artist statement

Hotel Europa is a company formed by André Amálio (Portugal) and Tereza Havlíčková (Czech Republic). They have been developing documentary theatre performances that explore the boundaries between theatre, dance and performance.

They use in their work an overlap of autobiographical material, family stories, national histories, testimonies, interviews and historiographical research. They deal with unaddressed issues of the recent past such as Colonialism, Fascism and Communism trying to make a bridge between the past and present. In their performances they are also discussing recent matters such as migration, environmental problems and gentrification. The work of Hotel Europa has been performed in Portugal, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

André Amálio is a theatre director and actor that has developed his work in the area of documentary theatre, memory, postcolonialism and the recent Portuguese colonial past. André holds a Ph.D. from Roehampton University and a MA from Goldsmiths, University of London. His research was supported by Gulbenkian Foundation, GDA, and Rush. He lectured theatre directing and documentary theatre in HAMU (Prague), ESAD (Portugal) and in Universidade do Minho (Portugal). Has worked as an actor/performer/dancer under directors like Anna Furse, Giacomo Scalisi, João Brites, Lúcia Sigalho, Luís Castro, Madalena Vitorino, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, amongst others. Together with Tereza Havlíčková they co-founded the theatre company Hotel Europa.

Tereza Havlíčková began her career as a dancer by completing her BA Dance Theater at Laban Center in London and then graduated at Goldsmiths, University of London (MA Performance Making). She is particularly interested in the multidisciplinary exploration of movement, text, and visual forms, as well as the use of autobiographical material. She worked and studied with artists like Graeme Miller, Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Twitchin Mischa, Steve Paxton and worked with Firenza Guidi, Etta Ermini, Anna Furse, Ajaykumar, Petr Boháč, Miřenka Čechová, and Madalena Vitorino. Together with André Amálio, they co-founded the theatre company Hotel Europa.

We are interested in making political work that can contribute for social change. We choose problematic and unsolved topics of contemporary society and look into the recent past for answers. We like to work with real people that can engage with the topics that want to explore. We are also interested in engaging with participatory practices that allow for common or disadvantaged persons to take place in the stage and tell their own stories. We believe in making work that can change people’s lives, that being spectators and people that participate in Hotel Europa’projects.

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