O que é um problema? | 2023

Pedro Figueiredo; Jorge Gomes / C.M. Loulé

We start in the void, where there is an unsolved problem, and we set out to discover a path that seems complex and challenging. Problems are found in the body itself and in its limitations: how to deal with these limits, finding alternatives? What path do we need to take to solve the problem in the architecture of our body as a metaphor for the general problem?

The body, curious and insightful, seeks and takes a path that is about to be discovered through movement, construction, drawing and sound. We constantly seek to activate physical, sensory and emotional responses to overcome problems and find solutions.“O que é um problema?” (What is a problem?) is a show that is built on stage, with two dancers, one of them also a visual artist, and a musician, dedicated to the youth audience.

The aim of this project is not only to understand the dynamics and thinking of the youngest, but also to give them the opportunity to express their opinion and present proposals for resolutions for their own questions, stimulating their critical sense.
“O que é um problema?” aims to contribute to the awareness of a younger audience, which is still trying to understand the present and at the same time envision the future. This dramaturgical option is based on the continuity of the work developed by the performers, who develop part of their activities in an educational context, through new dramaturgical perspectives on the creation of dance and music in Portugal.
Artistic direction and coreography | Beatriz Valentim
Interpretation and scenographic conception | Ana Caetano and Beatriz Valentim
Original live music and sound design | Pedro Souza
Original instruments | Os Arranjadores
Costumes | Beatriz Valentim in collaboration with Ana Isabel Castro and Luís Capela Oliveira
Light design | Cárin Geada
Light design assistance | Cláudia Valente and João Teixeira 
Sound Technique | Martinho Cardoso
Artist residencies | Teatro do Ferro, Central Elétrica / CACE Cultural, Balleteatro, Biblioteca Municipal de Marvila, Teatro Municipal do Porto - Campo Alegre, Produções Real Pelágio / Teatro da Voz, dEVIR CAPa
Co-production | Cine-Teatro Louletano, EIRA / Festival Cumplicidades / São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro Municipal do Porto
Executive prodution | Teresa de Brito and Tiago Sgarbi | EIRA
Financial support | Portuguese Republic – Culture | DGARTES – Direção-Geral das Artes
Circulation support | Fundação GDA 
Other support and acknowledgment |  Bettina_lingerie; Beatriz de Fátima, Renata Monteiro e Sofia Sanchez (Pallco Performing Arts School & Conservatory); Turma 11ºE da Escola Secundária Aurélia de Sousa, Porto; Turma 9ºG da Escola EB 2/3 Frei João de Vila do Conde
Distribution | EIRA


Presentation Dates
4 February 2024 | Guidance, Vila Flor Cultural Center, Guimarães, PT
17 and 18 Nevember 2023 | Municipal theater of Porto - Campo Alegre, Porto, PT
11 to 14 May 2023 | Festival Cumplicidades, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisbon, PT
4 and 5 May 2023 | Cine-Teatro Louletano, Loulé, PT (premiere)