What Hatherly does is about drawing the letter on the canvas and about drawing the letter in the mouth. Her knowledge of universal history and art (h which is chair and A easel), overflows trough the edges of her writing. From them we can only reveal a diagonal look at things. Reveal perhaps the sound, perhaps the silence between the sound, or between the brushstroke, or between the crooked gesture that no longer fits on the canvas. Staging a reading of her will be an even more unfinished exercise than the natural draft of the act of reading. We will also have to show what is seen beyond what is said. The spot behind the story and the breath behind the tongue.
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.