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Monday: Watch Out for the Right. Portugal

12th, 13th October 7 pm
Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, Studio





Concept author and director: Cláudia Dias
Performers: Cláudia Dias, Jaime Neves, Karas
Producer: Alkantara

Duration: 55 mins
Premiere: Feburary 2016

“Monday: Watch Out for the Right” is the first one in the sequence of seven pieces that will be created in seven years. In the project “Seven Years, Seven Pieces”, choreographer Cláudia Dias is organising a series of seven meetings with a wide range of politically inspired artists. Seven duets leading to confrontations, frictions and flying sparks. The future – is it a wave that is crashing towards us, unstoppable and brimming with unknown threats? Or do we have a say in it?
“For me, the word 'encounter' immediately brings forth an image: two people standing face-to-face and the possibility of meeting or clashing. Two bodies and a distance between them to be articulated, travelled, lived through, maintained, abolished, or amplified. (...) But my interest is not in creating pieces about the concept of encounter – which would translate to a mere aestheticisation of the same idea in seven different versions – but in encountering other artists in order to create something together”, says director Cláudia Dias.
In “Monday” she shares the arena with a Muay Thai coach Jaime Neves. Like boxers, they pummel one another with the pregnant questions of our age: why are we scared of each other? How can we get through to one another? How can we improve our situation? Both text authors Claudia and Pablo Fidalgo Lareo are part of a community that has fallen to the mat many times: a defeated generation, a prostrated country, a bankrupt state, a failed union, a devastated peninsula, a lost continent. There is no shortage of examples. But as they pummel with arguments, there will be light, like in fables, between the promised blood, sweat and tears. The feeling of oppression gives way to a feeling of solidarity between peers, reinforced in combat as they recognise themselves as equals.