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A ideia é minha! Filosofia e Criatividade
Past event
Dates and Schedules

November 29th

Presencial events in Teatro São Luiz

Online events in filolisboa.pt



Sala Luis Miguel Cintra, Sala Mário Viegas and Sala Bernardo Sassetti


Free admission, subject to capacity, with previous ticket collection


FILO-LISBOA 2021 – filolisboa2021.pt


Creativity is intelligence having fun.


Philosophy has anticipated what art has conquered in contemporary times: ubiquity. If art can today be anywhere or anything, philosophy has always been everywhere. It shall make sense then to consider philosophy the first creation of contemporary art in the history of humanity because it might also make sense to call other things “philosophy”.

In this edition of  Filo-Lisboa, resulting from the association of three structures from 3 different countries (Germany, France and Portugal), philosophy will be in charge of the various spaces of Teatro Municipal São Luiz, spreading along its stages, audiences, screens and foyers. In a relation that’s intended to be a daily one, uncompromised, the seek is for accessibility without facilitatism  and without abdicating of having fun.

Curated by Teatro Praga and the philosopher André Barata, you can watch, for a whole day, conferences for children, book readings, conversations with artists, philosophy debates, and watch performances about the relation between philosophy and creativity. This way philosophy and art are blended as if they had never been apart, with contributions from the german, french and portuguese languages.

To live a day full of questions.

Co-organized by the Goethe-Institut Portugal, Institut Français du Portugal and São Luiz Teatro Municipal.  A programe thought of by Teatro Praga and André Barata.
Scenic space by Bruno Bogarin




Sala Mário Viegas


For the 1st and 2nd cycle schools, and general public

We’ll listen to some of the famous children’s songs by the philosopher José Barata Moura through the stories of Alex d’Alva Teixeira and get to know what’s happening inside the brain, how to make a song and what childish singing is this. We’ll sing until we lose our voices!

Schools 6-12years old

Sala Bernardo Sassetti
Conferences for children
For 3rd and 4th grade schools, and general public

10h30 Isto é cocó (About the ugly) by Vanessa Martins
11h30 Quem pensa aqui sou eu (About interpretation) by Dina Mendonça

To grow up is to live in whys. Why this and why that? In these conferences we’ll wrap our heads around the thoughts of small philosophers. What makes something ugly. What’s art after all? Why don’t we like some things? How will I be able to express myself? Grown and wise philosophers share their explanation a answer every question. This indeed will be a puzzle!


Online venue
Starting at 17h30
Online streaming
Reading of some segments of Walter Benjamin’s work, Rua de sentido único.

In honor of his love, Asja Lācis, Rua de sentido único, from the philosopher Walter Benjamin, focuses of the experience of the both of them approaching and crossing topics diverse as the childhood or the revolutionary moralism, ending in an anthem to the technological procession of nature and sexual ecstasy. So it may not be forgotten, we invited several philosophers and artists to bring this journey back to life  Their sweet voices bring us to a past and, therefore, to a to-come.


Sala Bernardo Sassetti and Sala Mário Viegas
Conversations between philosophers and artists about the artist’s work.
Presencial with online streaming.

Sometimes, in philosophy, one chooses works of art to illustrate theories. Here we shall do the opposite. We challenged philosophy to illustrate the work and to share their thoughts, doubts and provocations with artists. Performance, book, music and film, everything is at stake in this face-to-face. Rare debates with access to the works of art. This, indeed, is luxury.It’s a one time chance!

Sala Bernardo Sassetti
17h30-18h15 The poetry of Yara Monteiro talking with Maribel Mendes Sobreira
19h00-20h30 A movie by André Godinho in conversation with João Constâncio (preceded by the movie Ponto-Morto, by André Godinho)

Sala Mário Viegas
17h30-18h45 a performance by Susana Mendes in conversation with António Guerreiro (preceded by the performance Ritual, By Susana Mendes Silva.
19h30 the music of Filipe Sambado on conversation with Nuno Fonseca

Sala Luis Miguel Cintra

1. Can art really transform the world?
Online (philosophers) and presencial (portuguese philosopher, host and audience)
Portuguese, french, german and sign language interpretation.

With Boris Groys, Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (online) and Catarina Nabais (presencial).
Host: André Barata (presencial)

In a famous thesis, to transform the world and not only to interpret it is what was mostly requested from philosophers. Perhaps even more from art itself, because it interprets while transforming.And this might be, unknowingly, a way to make the world a better place. Though, going back to the famous thesis, it might actually be the opposite: above all today, the world needs not only transformation but also interpretation. But the questions remain. Why is the world’s transformation in needs of interpretation? Snd might art be capable of so much? And, before or after everything, do we really wish to expect anything from art?

2. How will we get along with the world?
Online (portuguese philosopher) and presencial (philosophers and host)
Portuguese, french, german and sign language interpretation

With  Peter Trawny, Yves Michaud (presencial) and Luísa Semedo (online)
Host: André Barata (presencial)

The criticism of modern times demanded a post-modernity, more modest and attentive to the vulnerability that we’re facing. But, at the floor underlying that criticism, the means of modernity have accelerated in its indifference. The post industrial era became hyper-industrial, and the global acceleration with the strength of the planetary mass’ inertia, became unstoppable, leaving behind the anthopo-scenic scars and threatening to collapse all the possibilities of coexistence.  Might criticism have gone too far, or quite the opposite might we not have been modern enough? Or, maybe, these are not the most interesting dichotomy and question. Is it still possible to ask critical questions in a wauy to cause an effect? Does philosophy still have the power to ask radical questions which lead us back to the beginning? Such as this, decisive, one: How will we get along with the world, with the others, with the things, even with the simplest matter, in order to coexist?


Sala Luis Miguel Cintra
XANA’s survival manual
Presencial with online streaming of a conversation segment

Moderation by Laura Falé and music by Inóspita

A wonderful journey through the work and life of the composer and philosopher Xana. We’ll travel from the aesthetic of Henri Maldiney to the music of Rádio Macau, with a pit stop in politics to try to understand the sphere of necessity and freedom.
Philosophy, future speculation, pink feminism, this dialogue with Laura Falé is a journey through Xana’s path, composer and avant-garde woman who emerges in an atavistic country, becoming a fundamental figure towards the emancipation of many dissident and turned invisible communities, following at a later stage a path in academia in philosophy  to dedicate herself to the work of Henri Maldiney and other aesthetic issues.
Laura Falé will be the interlocutor who navigates between philosophy and art, and Inóspita the author of the soundtrack we’ll be listening to.
It’ll make history.


Sala Mário Viegas
What can we say about Pierre, by Vera Mantero

In the solo What can we say about Piérre, the choreographer Vera Mantero improvises to the sound of a class by the french philosopher Gilles Deleuze about the dutch philosopher Espinosa. Vera Mantero somatizes the thought and sonority turning the class into moving flesh. An unmissable iconic performance.


Cast and Creative

Curatorship Teatro Praga e André Barata Co-organization Goethe-Institut Portugal, Institut Français du Portugal e São Luiz Teatro Municipal SITE/PLATAFORM filolisboa2021.pt AP|PORTUGAL Executive Production Teatro Praga and São Luiz Teatro Municipal Financial sponsor Fundo Franco-Alemão Supported by Associação de S. Bartolomeu dos Alemães em Lisboa /// O Teatro Praga é uma estrutura financiada pelo Governo de Portugal – Direcção Geral das Artes


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