Desafios combines theatre and circus and proposes a common artistic narrative where the two disciplines unfold in a dialogue with an imposing scenography.
Desafios speaks of the confrontation between the physical and the intangible, between knowledge and discovery, between movement and immobility… and shows the challenge of analysing existence in the light of a different everyday life where the world is divided between those who take a risk and those who do not move, between those who accept to surpass themselves and those who, out of fear, continue to look at the ground, afraid and trembling.
Desafios depicts the daily life of a community that could be ours, in a country that we could know, living in the countryside in a social and yet mundane smallness that slashes the joy of free living as it could have been dreamed of in Portugal during the April Revolution.
ACERT and O Último Momento have had a creative relationship since 2005 when João Paulo Santos first came to ACERT’s venue in Tondela, Portugal, for the creation of his first show (Peut-être). In 2016, as part of the Cirkus Lab Project, the two companies created a show together for the first time, Não Tens Coragem?! with the participation of Na Xina Lua, the theatre group from Tondela high school. Desafios is the second joint creation of ACERT and O Último Momento, premiering at the FINTA Festival on 13 November 2019 and touring Portugal afterwards.
© photos Rui Coimbra