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RAQUEL ANDRÉ – Collection of Lovers

Centro Cultural de Lagos / Fri 1 NOV 21h30
Subtitled in EN / Post-performance talk with the artists

THEATRE / 60' / M16 / 5€ - BUY

Raquel André is a collector of rare things.
Between Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, Loulé, Minde, Paredes de Coura, Sever do Vouga, Ovar, Manaus, Barreiro, Bergen, Stavanger, Oslo, Warsaw, Cincinnati, Portland, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo, Covilhã, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Geneva she has collected over 230 lovers, people of different nationalities, genders and ages, that have accepted to meet her in an apartment unknown for both parties and, for an hour, they built a fictional intimacy to be captured in memory and photographs.
Just what are we looking for when we meet someone? In the age of email, facebook, instagram, tinder, and grinder, we have all become experts at faking intimacy.
We post what we eat, who we kiss, where we go, what we’re thinking and reading, what we like and dislike – all translated into views, likes, and comments.

Raquel’s collection is the result of an obsessive fascination with the terabytes of information that exist in each minuscule movement of another person. It is a one-on-one reflection on intimacy, all real and all fake. Each time the door opens for a new lover, Raquel André dives into an abyss that is the other, and reality and fiction merge. Each encounter is real. The flirtation is real. The intimacy may feel more real than fiction. And Raquel, an obsessive collector, holds each encounter in her peculiar collection, ephemeral and infinite.
This work is part of her project Collection of People: Collection of Lovers, Collection of Collectors, Collection of Artists and Collection of Spectators.
In 2017 the first book was published (Collection of Lovers VOL.I), and a television version of the show premiered on TV. In 2018 the first exhibition from the Collection of Lovers was inaugurated.

Creation: António Pedro Lopes, Bernardo de Almeida e Raquel André
Music: noiserv
Light Design: Rui Monteiro
Light Design on Tour: Eduardo Abdala, Carin Geada e Carolina Caramelo
Sound Design: João Neves
Production: Missanga
Support: apap-Performing Europe 2020 – a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union