Jorge Andrade / mala voadora

mala voadora is an artistic project that operates in a triangle between (1) the experience of making theatre by resetting each new show what this "theatre" can be; (2) the creation of events and programmes which gather artists and/or artists and people; And (3) the use of a house at Rua do Almada, in Porto, with several work spaces and residency.
It was founded in 2003 by Jorge Andrade (director, actor and playwright) and José Capela (set designer and architect), both responsible for the artistic direction, to which joined, in 2013, Vania Rodrigues as management and programming coordinator and Joana Costa Santos, now in charge of the production management. mala voadora is financed biennially by the Ministry of Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts, and is an associated structure of O Espaço do Tempo and ZDB.

mala voadora has produced 38 shows and has been a regular presence in the main stages and national festivals and established co-productions with the most prestigious institutions; also presented its work in Germany, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Scotland, United States of America, Finland, France, Greece, England, Lebanon and Poland; and has been included in Portuguese theatre showcases under the Chantiers d'Europe (Théâtre de la Ville, Paris), Iberian Suite (The Kennedy Center, Washington), and the PT platforms (O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo) .
The shows are characterized by their persistent speculation about what theatre can be, what "dramatic text" can be and the tension between external and internal materials to the theatrical tradition. mala voadora published several texts by Chris Thorpe, its regular collaborator, and is beginning to publish the texts of Jorge Andrade.
In 2013, mala voadora inaugurated its building at Rua do Almada, in Porto, where dynamizes work, presentation and residency spaces, and its activity began to be developed based in a wide scope in which different types of events, artistic practices and collaborations are interrelated, contaminating each other. For example, the programme "Uma Familia Inglesa/An English Family", in which a network of partnerships, previously inaugurated in concert co-productions, is developed and expanded, and works from various areas are presented; Or “Happy Together”, a partnership with the Fórum do Futuro/Forum of the Future, in which the topic of the forum and the artistic interests of mala voadora are interspersed in a transdisciplinary programme that includes conferences and the presentation of works chosen under a call for art. Also in 2013, the building of Rua do Almada began to host shows and residencies of national and foreign artists, enhancing the multiplicity of its spaces and mostly supporting emerging or particularly experimental artists.
In 2004, Jorge Andrade was distinguished with the Honorable Mention of the Madalena Azeredo Perdigão Prize, attributed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, for the direction of “Os Justos”. In 2007, he was invited to create a show for the O Estado de Mundo Forum, as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. In 2012 the “overdrama” and “memorabilia” shows were nominated for the SPA / RTP awards in the categories of best show and best scenography, respectively. Still in 2012, the show “what I heard about the world”, co-created by mala voadora and the British company Third Angel, was nominated for best show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by the Total Theater Awards. In 2016, “Pirandello” was received the SPA / RTP Award for best scenographic work. In 2017, “Moçambique” was also nominated for the SPA / RTP awards in the categories of best show and best scenographic work.

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