Festival Contrapeso

Contrapeso Festival brings seven musical and theatre performances to Loulé

The Festival returns between November 30 and December 3 with music, theatre and themed workshops.

Loulé is preparing to host the third edition of the Contrapeso Festival between November 30 and December 3.

This year’s programme, under the theme “Generations”, includes workshops and masterclasses for different audiences and covers themes, “from emigration to euthanasia and antigypsyism, through revisiting world jazz names, to the creation of original music from poetry”, revealed the organisation.

The seven shows and two “formations”, which bring together “established and emerging Portuguese artists”, will take place over four days in six venues across Loulé.

The Festival starts on November 30, at 21h00, with the national premiere of “Selvagem“, a music and poetry show by Carolina Santos and Marco Martins, with musicians João Paulo Esteves da Silva and Alexandre Frazão, at the Cineteatro Louletano.

On December 1, at the same venue, Companhia Nariguda presents “Adiante” at 18h00, a show starring clowns who take spectators on a journey through the dream and poetic narratives that define the symbolism of stairs.

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In the evening of the same day, João Barradas, “one of the most renowned and widely recognised contemporary European accordionists”, presents a solo jazz concert at the Solar da Música Nova.

The following day, at 18h00, theatre group Oficina de Ideias das Terras do Oeste (OITO) presents the play “O Infinito Estrangeiro” at Casa da Mákina, followed by, at 21h00 at the Solar da Música Nova, a concert with double bassist Nelson Cascais, a tribute to Charles Mingus.

On the fourth and last day of the Festival, Ana Catarina Santos and Sílvio Vieira present “Dentro3” at the Casa da Mákina at 11h00, a performance for children which, according to the organisation, “intends to reflect on artistic gesture, which is the at the same time translator and creator of unspeakable things”.

Organised by the artistic group Mákina de Cena, the Festival ends with the “Homo Sace” show, company Bestiário’s new creation, where actress and activist Maria Gil joins Teresa Vaz “for a reflection on antigypsyism”, from an anthropological and political perspective.

In addition to the shows, the Contrapeso programme includes, from November 25 to 29, the ‘Clown e Comicidades’ Workshop with Eva Ribeiro and a “Jazz Masterclass” with Zé Eduardo on December 2.