Mil e Uma Noites is a long-term civic and artistic project that, through radio drama, rescues the work of 20th-century Portuguese women from oblivion. Like Xerazade, listeners are lulled into love by a constellation of forgotten, erased, censored and tortured women. Ten listening sessions will take place at the São Luiz Theatre, from themes as distinct as work songs or war letters.
The first session sings and talks about the woman through texts and songs passed from mouth to mouth, proposing a journey in the country of voices. It starts in Alegrete – a village in the Serra de S. Mamede (Portalegre) – and sails uphill between the Alto Douro, Sousel and Arouca. Tones and accents are questioned, love and work are played, and some singing is done, too. Because those who sing, it is already known, their evils amaze.