© Mónica Samões

MÓNICA SAMÕES e JOSÉ PELICANO / casaBranca – Where’s There?

Clube Artístico Lacobrigense
Sun 26: 16h30

Staged Reading with senior citizens: Workshop & Presentation
Target Audience – Children from 4 to 10 and families

Where’s There? follows on the staged readings A Chair Up the Mountain, a project developed with children and based on the book The world is Round by Gertrude Stein.
Keeping the premises of the original work, both the scenic object and the text, it assumes now to be it’s reverse or it’s opposite side, and proposes a change of roles, creating a small vocal piece that will be carried out not by children but by senior adults, who will sit in the dark and will read a story for children.
Starting from a simple idea – to offer a reading experience and to experiment the world of language and the relationships established within it, the work appropriates itself of the ancestral act of telling a story and puts in dialogue two distinct but intrinsically related generations, reinforcing the symbolic role of the parent’s parents as memory space.
The work includes a two-week workshop developed with a group of adults over 60 years, ending with a final presentation open to the community.

A project by: Mónica Samões and José Pelicano
Space and Sound: José Pelicano
Developed with: 10/15 people from the local community
Production: casaBranca
Partners: TEL – Teatro Experimental de Lagos
Support: Sociedade Artística Lacobrigense, Câmara Municipal de Lagos, LAC – Laboratório de Actividades Criativas / LAR Galeria
Funded by: Governo de Portugal / Secretário de Estado da Cultura – DGArtes

MÓNICA SAMÕES – Studied Languages and Literatures at Coimbra’s University, city where she first approached theater in T.E.U.C. She joined the Theatre Group Olho in 1994 where she worked for eight years as a performer and co-creator under the direction of João Garcia Miguel, also assuming the production management of Festival X and ORGAX. Over the years she attended many artistic training workshops in the areas of theater, dance and voice and also in pedagogy and education through art.
As a performer, she has worked with Alberto Lopes, Ana Borralho & João Galante and Lúcia Sigalho, among others. She develops educational work in the field of artistic expression since 2002, having created several projects for children, which explore different media and languages.
Founding member and member of the board of casaBranca – Cultural Association.

JOSÉ PELICANO – Studied Architecture. Collaborated with various artists and artistic creation structures: João Garcia Miguel, Olho, Olga Roriz, Miguel Moreira, Ana Borralho & João Galante, Teresa Prima, Visões Úteis, among others.
Author of several Graphic, Sound and Video projects in the field of Performance, Theater and Dance. Founding member of the non-musicians band Jimmie Durham.
Member of casaBranca and regular collaborator since 2009, in the field of Graphic and Web Design and in development of pegagogic projects, alongside Mónica Samões, such as Clube Redondo (2011), A Chair Up the Mountain (2012) and RádioLab VAIVEM, a radio-art project involving young kids.