Raquel André

photo:Tiago de Jesus Brás
Raquel André is a collector of rare things.
In Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, Loulé, Minde and Minho she has collected over 109 meetings (until Dec. 2016). People of all nationalities, genders and ages have accepted to meet her at someone’s flat, and for an hour, to construct a fictional intimacy to be captured in memory and photographs. The photographs and details of these meetings are the contents of a performance that tells a story about what this collection of relationships may mean. Just what are we looking for when we meet someone? In the age of e-mail, 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 results of an obsessive fascination with the terabytes of information that exist in each minuscule movement of another person. It is a reflection on intimacy that is explored one-to-one and amplified for the stage, 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, the obsessive collector, holds on to the moments of each meeting, the rare objects of her peculiar collection, ephemeral and infinite.
Original idea, directed and performed by Raquel André Co-created by Raquel André, Bernardo de Almeida Artistic collaborator António Pedro Lopes and Fabíola Lebre Music noiserv Sound design Tiago Martins Lighting designer Rui Monteiro Lighting adaptation and Technical director on the road Eduardo Abdala Co-produced by Teatro Nacional D.Maria II (Lisbon), TEMPO Festival das Artes (Rio de Janeiro) Artistic residencies Walk & Talk (Ponta Delgada), Citemor (Montemor o Velho) Research scholarship Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Project funded by DGArtes/Governo de Portugal 2015 Funded Tournée in Brasil April 2016 Fundação GDA
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