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International Theatre Festival held in São Miguel Island with the aim of stimulating and promoting the quality of the artistic offer. The programme favours shows from various origins and contemporary creative languages, focusing on migration and gender issues and promoting inclusion in its various forms. It has an important training component and takes place in various cultural facilities on the island. 29 NOVEMBER / 02 DECEMBER 2023



SYNOPSIS: Improvisation, at the origin of the creative process, develops from dramaturgical tools that allow actors to establish structures, networks and scales that guide the intentionality and inventiveness of a work. Often accustomed to relying on a previous, extrinsic stimulus (usually a written dramatic text), the actor feels helpless, lacking confidence and "out of ideas" when processes require improvisation to take part in research or even be embodied in the staging itself.  

Can the actor have a "new brain", take on improvisation as a work that flexibly repeats itself, evolves and is transmitted in an intentional, consistent way, capable of provoking a living encounter? Can this art of unfolding simply face the empty space and the unknown inherent in discovery from a more conscious, structured and intentional perspective?

Throughout the workshop, three historical moments will always be in the background, evoking in a very intimate and obvious way the paradigm of Total Theatre: (1) the practice of epic orality by the bards, poets and storytellers of those centuries immediately preceding the technological advent of writing, (2) the virtuoso and highly inventive work of the Renaissance/Baroque actor of the Commedia dell'Arte and (3) the movement of dramatic renovators at the turn of the 20th century, with the initial impulses of symbolism, projects creators who seek, paradoxically, a theatre without actors (shadows and statues) or, at least, attenuating their presence, dematerialising the "flesh" with human puppets, masks and anything else that takes them away from the material contingency of the body and naturalistic aesthetics.

At a time when the other is expelled, the formal interdependence of seeing and doing is destroyed, or the sphere of public space is vitally wounded, the workshop The Creative Actor also seeks to make objective contributions so that the actor depends on himself, so that he learns to re-establish the link with those who observe him, complement him and make him constitute himself: the spectator.

Complementing a 30-hour programme in which participants were invited to structure ideas and defend them with their bodies in space, a session open to the public is planned in the form of a show in which the collection of works will be presented publicly, with the potential to focus mainly on identity, memory and cultural insertion.

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