Photo credits: Pedro Jafuno


Inês Jacques [discover the artist]


2022 September 16 (Premiere)
2022 September 17

Venue: Fórum Cultural José Manuel Figueiredo (Moita, Portugal)

The production

If we had the opportunity to assemble a new world, with the care of someone who cooks a new recipe for the first time and wants it to come out as good as possible, what would it be like? 
When we imagine a different world, one of two ideas comes to mind: we imagine something dystopian, highly technological, scientifically advanced but often dehumanized and lacking in affection, or we imagine the opposite – a kind of green paradise, with the sounds of birds and smiling people. Utopia, despite tending toward an ideal, has the problem of being based on a fantasy that, as the etymology of the word indicates, has no place, does not exist. So, what is a better world? 
We have analyzed many existing proposals, from the fictional to the implemented, the most distant and the closest to the actual reality, the most elaborate and the simplest and, among all of them, there are common traits. They all end up failing in their time of existence or in their purpose. At best, one keeps writing, debating, and trying to come up with an idea of how to live better. And that is good. But we dwell in the same question: is a better world possible?
This new world of ours starts from this common narrative and from an extrapolation of possibilities, making use of the freest possible common sense. The process of building this world happened together with two groups of dozens of participants from two communities: one in Moita (Portugal), the other in Narbonne (France). Together, we imagined how this world would be organized, how would its language, its shape, its colors, its costumes, its movement, its song, its name, its flag be. A world that could be feasible, created with the contribution of the individual universe of each participant.


Artistic Direction and Choreography: Inês Jacques
Performance and Co-creation: Bruno Alves, Yana Suslovets and participants from the communities of Moita – Cátia Jacinto, Fábio Sambu, and Luísa Mucauro – and from Narbonne – Adeline Pengam, Axel Mur, and Nicole Barthe
Music: Miguel Fonseca
Text: collective co-creation between Inês Jacques and participants from Moita and Narbonne communities
Set and Costumes: Carlos Guerreiro, Inês Jacques, and Cíntia Silva (assistance)
Make-up: Samira Plas
Light design and Technical direction: Paulo Santos
Production: zut!
Co-production: ARTEMREDE (PT) in partnership with Moita Municipality and OCCITANIE EN SCÈNE (FR) in partnership with Théâtre + Cinema – Scène nationale Grand Narbonne, in the scope of Stronger Peripheries: A Southern Coalition, project co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union.
Acknowledgments: Antónia Silva, Arianna Jacinto, Cátia Jacinto, Cintia Mateus da Silva, Erica Rebelo, Fábio Sambu, Geremias Uatna, Germano Nobre, Iara Anuar, Idalécia Lisboa, Inês Santos, Jacinta Casinha, José Brito, Lia Silva, Luísa Mucauro, Lisandra Rey, Magali Bonaparte, Maria Cruz, Maria de Fátima Martins, Maria Eduarda Lima, Martin Gusmão, Mónica Fortes, Rafael Raposo, Sofia Mestre, Tiago Almeida dos Santos (Moita) e Adeline Hocdet, Adeline Pengam, Alexia Sotomayor, Amparine Moral, Anthony Loehr, Antoine Cauchy, Arnaud Defrocourt, Axel Mur, Catherine Guesdon, Cherazad Cavagnol, Christian Blaise, Claire Brieu, Elisabeth Platt, Elisabeth Sanchez, François-Xavier Marot Babillee, Gisèle Marcastel, Lisa Papillon, Nicolas Darzack, Nicole Barthe, Rokaia Toubale Sarah Oukass, Samira Plas (Narbonne)
Special thanks to: Alegria Gomes, Bruno Ramos, and Eduardo Rodrigues

Duration: 60 minutes (aprox)

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