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The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events by Vera Mantero, 2018

High Art has a history and a pedagogy. Its forms and procedures were inherited (or challenged) by its artists. Where do folk art forms come from? This was one of Ernesto de Sousa’s (1921 - 1988) main questions around folk art. Between 1966-68, the Portuguese multidisciplinary artist, curator, teacher, filmmaker, researcher and art critic, who was very close to the Fluxus movement, received a grant from the Gulbenkian Foundation to undertake a photographic survey, on a national scale, of Portuguese folk sculpture. He traveled through the country, interviewing artists and photographing works, accumulating a collection of 3.000 still largely unknown negatives. Like many others of his generation, he was interested in “another art History” or even in “anti-art”, like the situationist Asger Jorn.

Art historian Paula Pinto – also the researcher of this archive - felt that this material deserved another type of approach and encouraged Vera Mantero to develop a performance based on this collection. Mantero traveled through Portugal on the footsteps of Ernesto de Sousa as part of her “research through body and action” on the materials and issues present in the archive.

“Propitiatory Practices of Future Events”, is what Ernesto de Sousa found in folk art. An art in which he recognized the existence of authors and not just transmitted traditional forms, one which offers formal solutions instead of simple repetition of patterns. As usual in her work, Mantero explores images, objects and texts, besides purely choreographic materials. She looks not only at Ernesto de Sousa's studies on folk art but also at the impressive De Sousa's intermedia work, mapping the possible (and impossible) links between folk and high art, both archaic and contemporary.

Ficha Artística

Artistic Direction
Vera Mantero

Co-creation and Performance 
Henrique Furtado Vieira, Paulo Quedas and Vânia Rovisco

Assistance
Inês Cartaxo and Tiago Barbosa (pre-rehearsals phase)

Research Support
Isabel Alves and Paula Pinto*
 
Set Design
André Guedes with the team

Sound Design and Objects
João Bento

Light Design and Technical Direction
Hugo Coelho – Aldeia da Luz 
 
Video Direction and Editing
Hugo Coelho

Camera
Hugo Coelho and Paulo Quedas

Costumes
Carlota Lagido

Props
Rita Rosa Pico
 
Production
O Rumo do Fumo
 
Project supported by Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings program

Co-production
Alkantara Festival, Teatro Municipal do Porto
 
Support
Câmara Municipal de Lisboa

Acknowledgment
Centro de Estudos Multidisciplinares Ernesto de Sousa (CEMES), Direcção-Geral do Património Cultural / Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica (DGPC/ADF), Bienal de Cerveira, 23 Milhas - Fábrica das Ideias da Gafanha da Nazaré, Casa Branca, Casa da Cultura da Trofa, CML\DMEVAE\DEV\DPGMEV, DeVIR/CaPA, Doclisboa, Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest, Fundação de Serralves/Paula Fernandes, Museu Municipal de Esposende, Museu Nacional de Etnologia, Museu de Olaria, Ana Baliza, António Thedim, Augusto Manuel de Azevedo Ferreira, Daniel Worm, Francisco Esteves Lima and Manuel Joaquim Esteves Lima (Mistério brothers), Hugo Canoilas, João Fiadeiro, João Vieira/Biblioteca de Arte e Arquivos - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Júlia and António Ramalho, Julião Sarmento, Manuel Fernando Neto, Manuel Rosa, Mário Cabrita Gil, Nuno Gonçalo Santos, Rosa Côta, Zacarias Thedim

* Research based on the exhibition ERNESTO DE SOUSA (1921-1988): “THE RIGHT HAND DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING...” curated by Paula Pinto for the XIX International Biennial of Cerveira Art (2017).
 

Cronologia

8 June 2018, TAGV, Coimbra/Portugal

Premiere - 29 to 31 May 2018, Alkantara Festival, Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest, Lisbon/Portugal

07 - 22
Março - Maio
2018

The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events by Vera Mantero

Artistic Residency - O Rumo do Fumo, Espaço da Penha, Lisbon, Portugal

co-production Alkantara Festival and Teatro Municipal do Porto, support Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program

23 - 28
Maio
2018

The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events by Vera Mantero

Rehearsals, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

co-production Alkantara Festival and Teatro Municipal do Porto, support Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program

29 - 31
Maio
2018

The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events by Vera Mantero

Premiere - Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal

co-production Alkantara Festival and Teatro Municipal do Porto, support Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program

08
Junho
2018

The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events by Vera Mantero

TAGV, Coimbra, Portugal

co-production Alkantara Festival and Teatro Municipal do Porto, support Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program

13 - 14
Dezembro
2018

The Propitiatory Practices of Future Events by Vera Mantero

Théâtre de la Cité internationale, Paris, France

co-production Alkantara Festival and Teatro Municipal do Porto, support Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès within the framework of the New Settings Program