If, twenty years ago, Sónia Baptista’s first series of short plays was the end of youth, this second series of short plays is the end of adulthood. If the first series of short plays celebrated the blossoming summer of desire and possibilities, this one marks the end of summer, the smell of the coming autumn, of changes that are foreseen, in body and spirit, of inhabiting a body that transforms and a state that settles, that is accepted, that is welcomed. In Chinese philosophy, a fifth season is observed, the late summer, an expectant period of preparation for a new, serene and comforting state. In the chronology of Sónia Baptista’s life, this is where she feels, sees herself, living a late summer, preparing for the other half of life, physically, emotionally, artistically. It is said that summer is nostalgic, that it brings many memories, memories of other summers. These little performance poems are perhaps, at heart, summer postcards. Wish you were here…
after the show
Reading and conversation with Sónia Baptista, with the presence of editor João Pedro Azul
Free entry, subject to room capacity.
In this book, Sódio, crystallized in poetic-discursive fragments, as I write on the first page, I offer little pieces of my emotional baggage, preserved, refined, matured, by the sodium-salt that passes through it, in different forms. Sodium from the body, salt from food, sodium-salt from things and causes and causes of things.
— Sónia Baptista