Filipa Francisco

Força

Strength
2015

Filipa Francisco works passionately with people and their individual or community characteristics. She is also an interventional artist who is mindful of human rights, as is clear in her representations of domestic violence (No Meio / In the Middle), women of the Republic (Para Onde Vamos? / Where Are We Going?) and the social exclusion of prisoners (Rexistir / Rexist). In her work with the young people of Cova da Moura (Íman / Magnet) and the groups of folk dancers (A Viagem / The Journey), the value of cultural difference is obvious. These demanding adventures blend satire and beauty and convey the value of art for the experience itself and for participation in life. With Companhia Maior, the choreographer hails the latent strength of bodies that we judge to be frail and gives a voice to people who want to talk about what is happening in the world.

Paula Varanda

Credits

Concept and artistic director
Filipa Francisco

Soundtrack and musical direction
António-Pedro

Co-creation and interpretation
– Group directed by Filipa Francisco

Carlos Fernandes
Carlos Nery
Celeste Melo
Cristina Gonçalves
Isabel Millet
Iva Delgado
João Silvestre
Jorge Leal Cardoso
Júlia Guerra
Kimberley Ribeiro
Michel
Paula Bárcia

– Group directed by António-Pedro

Angelina Mateus
Diana Coelho
Helena Marchand
Manuela de Sousa Rama
Maria Emília Castanheira
Maria José Baião

Musical co-director
Michel
Staging assistant
Kimberley Ribeiro
Choral director
Margarida Mestre
Lighting designer and technical director
Carlos Ramos
Costume designer
Ainhoa Vidal
Texts about the show
Paula Varanda
Photography
Bruno Simão
Videography
Fábio Silva
Executive production
Companhia Maior
Producer from Companhia Maior
Luís Moreira

Acknowledgements

Backlight
Companhia Nacional de Bailado
Eficácia Livre
El Corte Inglés
Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa
Espazo Self-Storage
Jorge Silva
Laurentiu Ivan Coca
Maria João Cortes
Neorelva Embalagens Metálicas SA
Restart Instituto da Criatividade, Artes e Tecnologias
Vitor Lajes
Viveiros das Naus

“Carinhoso”

Lyrics by João de Barros
Music by Pixinguinha
Performed by Maria José Baião

Performances

PREMIÈRE
12 – 15 November 2015
Centro Cultural de Belém
Lisbon

Photos: © Bruno Simão

© Companhia Maior