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Due to Force Majeur

© José Caldeira


Sabine Macher, Margarida Bettencourt and I are women artists, born in 1955 in Germany, 1962 in South Africa and 1988 in Portugal. Building upon a shared history, this piece is founded on the intergenerational encounter as a space for reciprocal learning and is nourished by the desire to weave connections between a rebelliousness with a feminine affiliation and a sense of trembling. Within this correlation, I do not perceive trembling as fear or hesitation, nor rebelliousness as confrontation, but rather as potentials to disrupt certainties and systems. I am intrigued by the exploration of a rebelliousness that operates at the level of perception and setting in motion alternative modes of functioning and understanding the world around me.

Drawing inspiration from Ursula K. Le Guin’s speculative writing, which holds significance as a means of interpreting the present and suggesting a shuddering, a metaphorical and symbolic interval, we entertain the hypothesis of considering fiction as a basket. We conceive of this piece as a container, a meeting point, where we coexist with other women – artists, fictional characters, mythological and archetypal figures – who are rebels and tremor-makers. Our story intertwines with theirs. Here “Due to Force Majeur” sheds its legal connotation to act as a poetic engine, unleashing forces that oscillate between the inevitable, the untameable and the necessary.

Teresa Silva

Artistic and Technical Information


a project by: Teresa Silva
co-creation, performance, texts, costumes, objects, video, field recordings: Margarida Bettencourt, Sabine Macher, Teresa Silva
light creation, technical direction: Santiago Tricot
sound creation, sound design, field recordings: João Bento
outside eye: David Marques
outside eye in CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva residency: Liesbeth Gritter
finantial management: Vítor Alves Brotas
administrative management: Janine Lages
communication support: Maria João Bilro
executive production: Teresa Silva
production: agência 25
co-production: Teatro do Bairro Alto, O Rumo do Fumo/Vera Mantero e Chorège | CDCN Falaise Normandie
support: República Portuguesa-Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Fundação GDA, CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva
co-production residencoes: Alkantara, CAMPUS Paulo Cunha e Silva, Estúdios Victor Córdon, Marosi Stromboli, O Espaço do Tempo, Rumo do Fumo, The Place to Pause
acknowledgements: Alma d’Arame, Andrea Rodella, Anatol Waschke, Jasmim Bettencourt, Joclécio Azevedo, Leonardo Garibaldi, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Margarida Bettencourt, Maria Lemos, Forum Dança

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