MEETING

of meetings as performative practices | of performative practices as meetings

14 and 15 March, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisboa

co-organization  baldio – estudos de performance e Maria Matos Teatro Municipal

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Whether it is a gathering of people, efforts, knowledge or means… meeting seems to be an essential condition for collective action. It’s also an essential element for stage work.

A meeting is at once a beginning and a moment of refelction. Meetings always exist in context, as situations, and depend completely on who is having them, how they’re organized, and for what purpose. They’re absolutely performative. Being, as such, a peculiar kind of action, they precede other more visible actions: they function as backstage for these actions, the place where decisions are made.

Google this term and you’ll get: parent’s meetings, workers’ meetings, summits, masses, job interviews… You’ll find ‘meetings of’ and it’s this ‘of’ that gives the ‘meeting’ a shape and tone, begging the question of what a meeting is, what kind of performance it enacts, in the case of an ‘of’  that is not a given, but something in process, made of companionship, consensus, disagreement, conflict, participative decision making; when this ‘of’ incorporates the specific ecology of a place.

If meetings can be seen as performative practices (implying a distribution of roles and functions), performance practice is based on the act of meeting. Theater is always a collective construction. Any show gathers public and actors, traditionally on two sides of the stage lights, a relation that has evolved to situations where actors and participants gather side by side in community projects or participatory practices.

We propose to turn things upside down, looking at this moment that lies between what we’ve done and what we’re going to do, that opens up the future from a reflection on the past. As it feels necessary to reactivate the potential for a possible collective action, as much as to understand the forms, limits and possibilities of its being put in practice, we propose that the theater (a meeting place of sorts) become a meeting.

Making use of all the different kinds of meeting (possible, desirable, imaginable, feasible), Maria Matos Theater and baldio propose that for two days we meet in the theater, in a series of events that explore variations on this kind of meeting: a meeting of meetings in the theater.

Making use of all the different kinds of meeting (possible, desirable, imaginable, feasible), Maria Matos Theater and baldio propose that for two days we meet in the theater, in a series of events that explore variations on this kind of meeting: a meeting of meetings in the theater.

Guest participants: André Lepecki, Sílvia Pinto Coelho, Rui Catalão, Ana Bigotte Vieira, Joana Braga, UNIPOP, Casa do Vapor, AndLAb, DEMIMONDE, Primeiros Sintomas, OBSERVATÓRIO DAS TRANSFORMAÇÕES XXXX DA CIDADE DE LISBOA, Corpo de Multidão, ARTÉRIA, PEDRAS and Stress.FM.

Curated by: Ana Bigotte Vieira, Joana Braga, Ricardo Seiça Salgado e Mark Deputter

Space: Alex Roemer, Ana Bigotte Vieira, Joana Braga, Marco Balesteros

Sundry edibles generously contributed by Chef Rø.

Graphic elements: Isabel Lucena, Marcos Balesteros

Image: © Isabel Brison

Co-production: baldio, performance studies and Teatro Maria Matos

Management: projecto BUH!

Master cerimonies: Tiago Barbosa
Assistance: Bruno Caracol

baldio is sponsored by:
DGArtes/Presidência do Conselho de Ministros/Secretaria de Estado da Cultura
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

with the support of
Re.al | A & M Sousa – Comércio e Reparação de Automóveis, Lda. |
mafia – Federação Cultural de Coimbra

with a special thanks to:
São Luiz Teatro Municipal | espaço alkantara | Teatro Praga

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