The hypertechnological economy of today has created a world of experts, with a very specific knowledge in their work areas. This extreme specialization has created a society composed by compartmentalized responsibilities in which each person acts exclusively in its area of competence. Around the table is a step towards the opposite direction, a gesture that proposes a reapproximation based on the reality that we all share: the body and its abilities. Renewing the form of a traditional conference, Around the table takes the form of a performative event which invites people who have a particular body practice to share their knowledge with a small public gathered around an ensemble of tables. The participants will have the opportunity to think and dialogue with people from various areas in the contemporary society, about the gesture that emerges through a specific activity or profession: a fireman, a butcher, a gleaner, a doctor, a cook, among others. This event proposes to reconsider the connections between practice and theory, valuing the subjective body experience and its role in understanding the world we live in.
1 and 2 October 2016 at 5.30pm, cycle Utopias, gardens of Palácio Pombal, Lisbon
27 September at 6.30pm - Biographies of work:
- Portraits by Alain Cavalier (France, 1988/91 - 49 min.)
Panel discussion with Frédéric Vidal, Miguel Bonneville and Luísa Veloso.
28 September at 6.30pm - Bodies in unpaced movements:
- Ritual in transfigured time by Maya Deren (United States, 1946 – 15 min.)
- Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun by Werner Herzog (France, Germany, 1989 – 49 min.)
Panel discussion with Andresa Soares, André Guedes and Elizabete Francisca.
The scheduled film sessions at Cinemateca Portuguesa have the essential goal of promoting a reflection on the forms of representing the body and gesture, taking cinema and performing arts as starting points.
Curated by Luísa Veloso, Elizabete Francisca and Francisca Manuel.
Loïc Touzé and Anne Kerzerho
Alain Michard, Jennifer Bonn and Loïc Touzé
Afonso Wallenstein, Ana Teresa Inácio, Guilherme da Luz, Joana de Castro, João Carvalho, João Jacinto, Margarida Bettencourt, Nuno Carrusca, Patrícia Timóteo, Paula Cristina Peralta, Rosa Cunha, Sara Semedo, Telmo Cruz, Vasco Nobre Lopes and Xico da Ladra
Conception of the meal
Catarina Santos and Inês Milagres, with assistance by Maria Milagres
Coproduction (Lisbon edition)
In the framework of the network Create to Connect with the support of Programa Cultura of the European Union.
Performative Event - 1 and 2 October 2016, cycle Utopias, Palácio Pombal's garden, Lisbon/Portugal
Screenings - 27 and 28 September 2016, Sala Luís de Pina, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Lisbon/Portugal