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Boca Fala Tropa

Gio Lourenço
Alkantara Festival 2022
Past event
Dates and Schedules

24 to 26 November
Thursday and Friday, 19h; Saturday, 16h


Sala Mário Viegas




€12 with discounts

Age Restriction


Portuguese Sign Language

26 November, Saturday , 16h

In Portuguese, with English subtitles

Conversation with the artists after the show


Using a body at various tempos and based on the Kuduro movements, Gio Lourenço (Angola, 1987) builds a biographical itinerary where the body becomes an allegory of memory. Kuduro appears in the 1990s, in Luanda, in the context of a civil war. The specific codes of this style of Music / Dance reached Portugal through the body and the K7s of those who moved between these two countries. It was during his adolescence, in the late 90’s and already living in Portugal, that Gio Lourenço came into contact with this universe and became a Kudurista, discovering a broken body – his own – where memory reinvents itself in gesture. BOCA FALA TROPA proposes an artistic territory displaced from a concrete geography – the transit between Angola and Portugal – starting from the steps and codes of Kuduro to cross elements of individual memory, and its inevitable fictions, with elements of collective memory.

Cast and Creative

Artistic direction Gio Lourenço Text Gio Lourenço and Cátia Terrinca Dramaturgy Cátia Terrinca Creation Support Neusa Trovoada and Sofia Berberan Performers Gio Lourenço, Xullaji e Vânia Doutel Vaz (on video) Videoartist Michelle Eistrup Sound Design Xullaji Light Design Manuel Abrantes Movement Support Vânia Doutel Vaz, Fogo de Deus Body Assistance Sofia Neuparth Scenography and Costumes Neusa Trovoada Video costumes Magda Buczek Costumes Ulla Jenner Photography Sofia Berberan Executive Production Paulo Lage Production Medusa Material Support Bolsa de Criação O Espaço do Tempo e BPI – Fundação La Caixa, Alkantara, c.e.m.-centro em movimento, Casa dos Direitos Sociais, Fonden FABRIKKEN for Kunst og Design, Companhia Olga Roriz e Fundação GDA


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