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There is no smoke without fire

Engaging young audiences with contemporary opera


An opportunity to get to know the inner workings of a show

3rd Edition in partnership with Casa Pia de Lisboa


Engaging young audiences with contemporary dance, by accompanying the rehearsals and performances of In the penal colony by Philip Glass, staged in 2023 with Musical Direction by Martim Sousa Tavares, Staging by Miguel Loureiro and Movement by Miguel Pereira. The 3rd edition of There is no smoke without fire is coordinated by Mário Afonso with Martim Sousa Tavares.

The group will analyse this creation in observation meetings and various practices (body expression, analysis, criticism and discussion).

Meeting Calendar 

  1. Firewood - First meetings and analysis of the starting point materials for the artistic work - 8, 15 and 23 February, Colégio Nuno Álvares - Casa Pia, Lisbon/Portugal
  2. Spark - Studio Rehearsals and Practices - 2 March, Studio O Rumo do Fumo, Lisbon/Portugal
  3. Fire - Theatre tour and Live performance - 9 and 16 March, Sala Luis Miguel Cintra, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisbon/Portugal
  4. Ashes - Final meetings and analysis of the performance - 22 and 30 March, Colégio Nuno Álvares - Casa Pia, Lisbon/Portugal


About the opera In the penal colony, by Philip Glass

Chamber Opera

Libreto by Rudolph Wurlitzer based on the tale by Franz Kafka


Arriving at a penal colony on an unnamed island, a visitor finds a complex execution engine ready to work on an anonymous convict. Watching over the merciless machine is an officer, the only person who understands how it works and believes in its reason for being.

Based on Franz Kafka’s eponymous short story, adapted by Rudy Wurlitzer and with music by Philip Glass, In The Penal Colony is an intense reflection on the fragile duality of human reason, where the fine line between justice and injustice is explored and crossed with narrative mastery.

In The Penal Colony is a modern classic that can be heard for the first time in Portugal, directed by Miguel Loureiro, musical direction by Martim Sousa Tavares and movement by Miguel Pereira.

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2nd Edition 18 February - 12 March 2022, O Corpo da Dança, Torres Novas/Portugal

1st Edition 7 October - 25 November 2021, Colégio Nuno Álvares - Casa Pia, Espaço da Penha and Culturgest, Lisbon/Portugal