Ana Luísa Amaral’s voice teaches those who receive it to feel a fascination with the things of the day, for their possible reflection. To be or to write about being? Picking up the pieces or writing from afar, from a distance, about the disaster, about childhood, about London, about the empty house. Her dawn-like and sleepless writing is a sharp lens of human observation, made palpable with each page. Four theatre women, who know in their body what these pages say, will be able to sit inside the poems, next to Ana’s cat, Ana’s daughter, the books on Ana’s desk, tidying up Ana’s kitchen, looking at Ana looking at them.
In 2016, Sara Carinhas organised the Ciclo de Leituras Encenadas in the old Jardim de Inverno, where excerpts of works by Herberto Hélder, José Tolentino Mendonça, Luísa Costa Gomes, Maria Velho da Costa and Matilde Campilho were heard. Once a month, in the late afternoon, interpreters and the public shared Portuguese words in different voices. Four years later, the Sala Bernardo Sassetti receives Um Quarto que Seja Delas – Segundo Ciclo de Leituras Encenadas, with five sessions taking place between September 2020 and January 2021. A proposal comprising more than twenty women, among authors, actresses and artistic team. “We continue with the intent of sharing the literature and the theatre of the small gestures that words demand”, says Sara Carinhas.