Teatro de Ferro (Portugal)

Objecto Encontrado Perdido

10 and 11May at 9.30pm (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Concept and direction: Igor Gandra, Carla Veloso Music: Michael Nick Performers: Carla Veloso, Hernâni Miranda, Igor Gandra Sets: Hernâni Miranda, Eduardo Mendes Lighting design: Rui Maia Light and sound operation: Mariana Figueroa Set construction: Pedro Esperança, Carlota Gandra, Equipa TdF Photography: Susana Neves Production: Teatro de Ferro Company sponsored by: República Portuguesa – Ministério da Cultura / DGArtes Technique: Full-view manipulation Language: Portuguese For audiences over: +12 Running time: 55 min.

In this new creation, Teatro de Ferro will develop an introspection upon the notion of object. The starting point is the lost and found object.

In this venture, taking place on the set of locations and non-locations where the inanimate come to life, and vice-versa, we will visit the lost-and-found office of some institution (a cultural venue? a police department?) with an unclear role. We will visit also factories, airports, and other places away from the waltz of mercantile objects. Marionettes will sometimes play the cicerone.

The object, the finding and the loss are the material for this new creation, which finds inspiration in the XXth century and calls for a humorous reflection (with the right amount of immodesty for a creation) on some of the fundamental issues of the XXIst century, namely on the origin of objects: nature and labor…

The show is built upon the possibilities found by the bodies of the performers in a series of objects collected throughout the creative process. The music plays a structuring role in its relation to the action, in a dramaturgy articulating bodies and objects, as well as dreams and nightmares, memories and mysteries.

Lost Found Object is an open reflection on the origin of objects around us: nature and labor.

Teatro de Ferro was founded in 1999. Originally created as a label identifying the creative works of Igor Gandra and Carla Veloso, the project gradually envolved towards the state of a professional structure of creation.
The choice of the name - Teatro de Ferro (Iron Theatre) - presupposes a notion of primordial, resistant and at the same time changeable matter: this transformation process continues to inspire them.
The work of the Company has been developed in the theatre of, and with, puppets and objects. They conceive their practice in the logic of a research in which the puppet has assumed a matrix value in its possible hybridations, both tempted and tempting.
The relations - of the body interpreter with the manipulated object and the implication of each spectator in the building of this relation - are lines of thought that are transversal to the artistic practice of Teatro de Ferro.
The promotion of Portuguese contemporary dramaturgy is a defining trait of their artistic project, the reason why the company has mainly worked with original texts by Portuguese writers.
TdF has been reaching heterogenic publics. Improbable partnerships, the search for alternative contexts outside of the usual circuits of the performing arts, the intense itinerating activity, the creation aimed to the youngsters, and the projects of cultural action, are TdF clearest gestures, and in this way they declare this plural wish of sharing.