Tanto Mar Festival celebrates freedom and its expressions in Loulé

in May

The performing arts festival Tanto Mar returns to Cineteatro Louletano, in Loulé, from the 21st to the 25th of May “to celebrate freedom and its expressions”, with artists from Portuguese-speaking countries.

According to a statement, the festival's program “is especially dedicated to sharing knowledge, experiences, different languages, cultures and memories, without giving up, this year, on highlighting, in its repertoire, the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 25th of April”.

According to the note, the festival's “artistic proposals” “origin” in São Tomé and Príncipe, Brazil, Mozambique and, for the second time, with the presence, also, of a group of Portuguese nationality.

At the official opening of Tanto Mar, on May 21st, the participating groups will be presented and there will be a debate open to the public, moderated by Miguel de Barros (Guiné-Bissau) in Tantas Conversas.

On the first day of the festival, the book “5 anos de tides” will also be launched to celebrate the 5th edition of Tanto Mar.

The following day at 11am, the festival starts with BatuCorpo, a workshop of voice and movement, directed by Mozambican artist Lenna Bahule and “open to the community”, at Cerca do Convento do Espírito Santo.

In the afternoon, at 15 pm, the screening of the documentary by Tomás Barão da Cunha and Miguel Canaverde takes place at Galeria Alfaia, from the Artistic Residency “EntreMares'00”, in a recording that takes place during the month of April, in Loulé.

Companhia Lêndias d'Encantar, from Beja, presents at 21pm “No Limite da Dor”, four stories that portray the times of the PIDE (political police in Portugal during the dictatorship), “recovering a collective memory that has been targeted of increasing carelessness among us.”

On May 23rd, RaízArte, from São Tomé and Príncipe, presents “Ilha dos Sem Terra”, a show inspired by the story of people who were born in one country, acquired the culture of another, and find themselves “in a constant process of affirmation of its identity and origin”, according to the statement.

On Friday, May 24th, the stage will be for the group Teatro Por Que Não?, from the city of Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, with the play “Não Há Mar”.

“Between poetry and everyday life, dialogues flow and disappear like waves that do not follow a specific pattern. This is a rehearsal born in the middle of the pandemic, which takes place in the sharing of complicities between actors and the public”, explains the press release.

Closing the Festival, on Saturday 25th May, Lenna Bahule, singer, art educator and cultural activist born in Mozambique, who starts the week with a Voice workshop, bringing her latest musical “Kumlango” .

This word means “portal” in Yao and “contains an Afro futuristic sense of sound, song and collective memory, through different layers of sounds, cadences and rhythms”.

“Between the organic and the electronic, Lenna Bahule proposes a show of unique and sensorial sound immersion”, concludes the note.