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Choreographer and dancer Filipe Pereira presents FLORAL ARRANGEMENT, a lecture-performance about an artist born in Fátima (an important Catholic holy site due to a Miracle that is meant to have occurred there in 1917). Filipe grew up amongst gigantic processions, flower arrangements and religious souvenir shops and presents a journey that takes us through a biography that goes from faith to atheism, from virginity to sexual awakening, from the art of flowers to the art of dance and vice versa. Accompanied by flowers, choreography and stories, Filipe leaves us to think about how much of our past is in everything we do, how much of our destiny is written and how much is in our hands.
FILIPE PEREIRA is a choreographer, dancer and floral designer. As a choreographer, he highlights the pieces “Nova Criação” and “O que fica do que passa”, in collaboration with Teresa Silva; and “Hale – Study for an artificial organism”, in collaboration with Aleksandra Osowicz, Inês Campos, Helena Matos and Matthieu Ehrlacher. As a dancer he has been working with João dos Santos Martins, Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz, Dinis Machado, Beatriz Cantinho and Martine Pisani, among others. As a designer he develops his project “Antese”, in which he creates floral displays for different purposes.
CREATION AND PERFORMANCE Filipe Pereira
VOICE OFF AUDIO Maria de Oliveira Coelho
IMAGE CREDITS Filipe Pereira, Manuel Pereira e António Marto
PROMPTER Pedro Penim
FLORAL ARRANGEMENT is a project created within the Portuguese edition of the cycle Mis Documentos by Lola Arias at Teatro do Bairro Alto – TBA, Lisbon – February 2020.
CURATED BY Lola Arias
DRAMATURGY Bibiana Mendes Picado
SUPPORT ARTISTIC RESIDENCY Estúdios Victor Córdon
COPRODUCTION Teatro do Bairro Alto – TBA and Teatro Praga
Exquisitely crafted despite its apparent simplicity, Arranjo Floral is a peculiar autobiographical play that allows the audience to witness the personal and artistic coming out of choreographer, dancer and floral designer Filipe Pereira. Set in the deeply religious and conservative environment of Fátima, Portugal’s catholic epicenter – where in 1917, according to popular belief, the Virgin Mary made several appearances –, this lecture-performance performed solo by Filipe Pereira himself tells his personal story against the backdrop of a very distinct national landscape that “contemporary” and “cosmopolitan” versions of the country’s idealized self-image tend to marginalize. As this tale of coming-of-age progresses, the artist lovingly shares the scene with his grandmother, whose grassroots Catholicism interferes and haunts his journey.
What could easily turn out to be just another take on the lecture-performance formula reveals itself as a moving and absorbing performance where the somewhat disparate arts and crafts of Filipe Pereira fuse and explode into a visual and narrative feast.