In the third edition of Linha de Fuga, we are once again generating a dynamic meeting space for artists from different backgrounds. We are following the same dynamic of thinking about the arts of the body as producers of knowledge, after an edition dedicated to thinking about the meaning of Democracy and the arts as the ground where encounters between citizens can be generated.
In a moment of extreme instability like the one we are living in, it becomes logical to evolve this next edition into a discussion about the ethics of care.
After a year in which the most heard words were Covid-19 and pandemic, at a time when several wars worry the world, on the verge of irreversible ecological collapse, in addition to the fatigue of the fast times demanded by the need to produce in order to be visible, we wanted to put this theme on the table, in order to draw attention to the situations of vulnerability that exist in the world and the inequalities they cause in inter-social relationships.
To think that, as the philosopher João Maria André says, “vulnerability affects the human being as a whole, as much in its physical and corporeal dimension, as in its psychic and spiritual dimension. In pain and in the passions there is not the body on one side and the spirit on the other, but body and spirit are one and the same, and that is why one also loves with the body and also suffers with thought, indicating the existence in us of a patic reason, more than a pure reason, in which thought and affectivity intersect in the body we are and with which we tell ourselves in the vicissitudes of our identity”.
That way, we want to discuss care in a plural and holistic way, focusing on the interdependencies that exist among all of us and thus promoting curiosity for practices that allow us to relate to distinct logics of existence.
This edition's program is designed with that same sense of care, highlighting the need to recognize, cultivate and sustain a space of coexistence where different worlds (vegetable, animal, dreamlike, spiritual, human, etc.) can manifest themselves on their own terms, without harming each other.
The selection of the artists and their works was made according to their ability to provide critical discourse and bring different perspectives to the city on that theme.
This whole dynamic will take place between September 16 and October 9, 2022, with a program of two plays a week in different places and locations in the city, in addition to several critical activities related to them.
We begin the festival with what currently seems to be a common condition among everyone, fatigue.
Vicente Arlandis proposes a satire on this theme, while making us watch as he delights in a massage that only he is entitled to; Cristian Duarte brings us the need for the Other, but also our lack of trust in the Other, basing himself on the myth of Orpheus; Dinis Machado awakens us to other bodies, other sexualities, other possibilities of thinking about (non)binarism, in a clear allusion to the scandal of Nijinski's sexuality on stage; Chrysa Parkinson gives us the gift of her listening skills, highlighting language as a means of crossing confrontations; Marta Blanco rewards us with love and political postures for her vision of the first edition of Linha de Fuga; Carlota Lagido proposes a feminist dinner in Alfafar, provoking a contact between the audience and different women, present and absent in history and in life; Gustavo Ciríaco and Andrea Sonnberger carefully transport us through a collective walk through the city, allowing us to see and hear what we were never careful to observe; and we end the festival with two odes to dance, with David Marques, who invites us to access his intimacy and the pleasure of dancing, and Frédéric Gies, who invites us to accompany him on a contagious journey where party, ecstasy, and memory, challenge us to lose ourselves, or find ourselves, in the mass.
Possible ways of thinking about care, with care.
Alongside this program, several other activities will be available: conversations, seminars, presentations of ongoing projects, workshops, participation in ongoing projects, and artistic researches. Everything is to be looked at with the attention and care that we all need.
Catarina Saraiva and Thiago Granato
Curatorship of 2022’s Edition