In his book, Captains of the Sands (1937), Jorge Amado portrayed the street children of Brazil. Eighty years later, Victor Hugo Pontes started looking for children who today live in the margins. On stage are a dancer, an actor, and ten children from the city where the show is being staged. In Portugal, MARGEM (the margin) won the ‘Best Choreography 2018’ award, by Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores.
starts at 19:30
duration 80 minutes
language Portugese spoken, surtitled in Dutch and English
extra warming up & after talk 8 feb
The street children in Captains of the Sands have to steal to eat, sleep on the streets or in abandoned warehouses, and fight daily to survive. Victor Hugo Pontes – Up Magazine calls him ‘the giant of Portuguese dance’ – decided to create a performance about today's ‘captains of the sands’. He interviewed young people from intake centres and institutions and has interwoven their stories with the performers’ own. Their experiences take shape in a mix of contemporary dance and urban dance, the language of the street. The music is exhilarating and the performance starts cheerfully, until stories of abuse, loneliness, and life on the streets start to make an increasing impression.
In MARGEM, however, there is also room for hope, for the possibility of moving the margins. The performance poses the question of whether it’s possible to radically change the circumstances of your life. For the makers, the answer is yes. They believe in that possibility. And that gives the performance a political dimension. We've created a world of inequality. What are we going to do with that legacy?
In the press
‘MARGEM is a show to talk about them – and also about sex, racism, revolution and death, among other difficult topics.’ – PÚBLICO
‘Victor Hugo Pontes is a giant of Portuguese dance, who wants to transform our time into action and create tough, physical performances in search of expression and truth.’ – Up Magazine
Victor Hugo Pontes studied visual arts and also took courses in acting, theatre theory, choreography, and directing. This versatility is reflected in his work as a performer, choreographer, theatre director, teacher, set designer, and director for video clips and musicals. Ever since his first choreography, Puzzle, his immense talent has been in the spotlight.
direction Victor Hugo Pontes
text Joana Craveiro
set design F. Ribeiro
music Marco Castro and Igor Domingues, aka Throes + The Shine
technical direction and light design Wilma Moutinho
sound operation Rodolfo Sá Pereira
performers Alexandre Tavares, David S. Costa, Hugo Fidalgo, João Nunes Monteiro, José Santos, Magnum Soares, Marco Olival, Marco Tavares, Nara Gonçalves, Rui Pedro Silva, Tiago Ferreira (replacing André Cabral), Vicente Campos
art consulting Madalena Alfaia
production direction Joana Ventura
production assistant Mariana Lourenço
partnerships Casa Pia de Lisboa, Instituto Profissional do Terço
residency support Centro Cultural Vila Flor
co-production Nome Próprio, Centro Cultural de Belém / Fábrica das Artes, Teatro Aveirense
Nome Próprio is a project financed by the Portuguese government –Ministry of Culture / Arts Department, and is based at Campo Alegre Council Theatre, within the remit of the Campo Aberto Theatre program.