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Reis and Nobre on Stage: “A Tale of Endless Love”

What is it like to be on stage? You feel butterflies in your stomach, your hands become clammy and your mouth dries. Performance anxiety hits as you wait for the curtain to rise. The lights dim, the audience goes quieter. The curtains begin to rise and suddenly it is time. The audience waits, you ease into the lines you have rehearsed over and over, you respond to, and anticipate your fellow actors, and you watch the reaction of audience through the corner of your eye. Scene follows scene and, all too quickly, it is time for curtain fall, you wait the applause of the audience hoping that it will be hearty, not merely courteous. And suddenly it is over.

While all the Arts and Humanities attempt to comment on various aspects of Human Existence, Theatre is of special interest to me because in it one of the aspects which defines us as a species, our tendency to be “story telling animals” is particularly salient. When Shakespeare wrote “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players”, he made a statement which seems quite simple but which can be interpreted on many different levels. I discovered some of these levels on my first voyage into the world of Theatre, as an Actor in the Play “História de Amor Sem Fim”, (“A Tale of Endless Love”), alongside the great Actor Fernando Nobre.

While I have acted before for television, my first Acting experience on stage was, as they say a “completely different animal”. In television a performance can be, schedule permitting, repeated. Details can be tweaked. The end product may be “polished” through various production techniques. None of these safeguards exist on stage. There is little room for mistakes, and any mistake made must be corrected, or compensated for, immediately. This is yet one more way in which Life can imitate Art. In both Art and Life you may never get a second chance to make a good first impression. You always have to think on your feet.

Another reason why I am quickly developing an appreciation for Theatre is because, contrary to much of what appears on Television, a good Play is never meant to be mere entertainment. There is always an attempt to explore philosophical ideas and to present these by telling a story. Drawing from texts by William Shakespeare and Fernando Pessoa, the Play “História de Amor Sem Fim” brought together Music, Dance and Fashion. Some scenes summoned tears, while others produced laughter. Throughout the whole Play however, there was an underlying theme: “Love each other”, always a good message to share.

Did you get a chance to see the Play when Fernando Nobre and I performed in Lobito? Drop us a line or leave a comment. Tell us what you thought about my first Play!

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Reis e Nobre em Palco: “Uma História de Amor Sem Fim”

Qual é a sensação de estar em palco? Sentimos borboletas no estômago, as mãos tornam – se húmidas, a boca fica seca. A ansiedade do desempenho, de fazer um bom trabalho ataca enquanto esperamos o subir da cortina. As luzes diminuem, e o público fica mais silencioso. As cortinas começam a subir e, de repente, chegou a hora. O público espera, você interpreta o texto que veio a ensaiar e decorar. Respondemos e antecipamos os nossos colegas, olhamos a reação do público. Cena segue – se a cena, e subitamente, chegou a hora da cortina começar a descer. Esperamos o aplauso do público, na esperança que seja um aplauso saudável, e não apenas cortês. E de repente a peça acabou.

Enquanto todas as Artes e Humanidades tentam comentar sobre os vários aspetos da existência humana, o Teatro é de especial interesse para mim. No Teatro um dos aspetos que nos define como espécie, a nossa tendência de ser “um animal que conta histórias” é particularmente aparente. Quando Shakespeare escreveu que “Todo o mundo é um palco, e todos os homens e mulheres meros atores”, ele fez uma afirmação que parece bastante simples, mas que pode ser interpretado em muitos níveis diferentes. Descobri alguns destes níveis na minha primeira viagem ao mundo do Teatro, como Atriz na peça “História de Amor Sem Fim”, ao lado do grande ator Fernando Nobre.

Embora eu já tinha representado antes para a televisão, a minha primeira experiência representando ao vivo, no palco foi, como dizem “um animal completamente diferente”. Na televisão um desempenho pode ser, se a agenda o permitir, repetida. Os detalhes podem ser alterados. O produto final pode ser “polido” através de várias técnicas de produção. Nenhuma dessas garantias e salvaguardas existem no palco. Há pouco espaço para errar, e qualquer erro cometido deve ser corrigido, ou compensado, imediatamente. Isso é uma forma pela qual a vida pode imitar a arte. Em ambos Arte e Vida poderemos nunca chegar a ter uma segunda hipótese de fazer uma boa primeira impressão. Você estar sempre em alerta.

Outra razão pela qual estou rapidamente desenvolvendo uma forte apreciação pelo Teatro é porque, ao contrário de muito do que aparece na televisão, uma boa peça de Teatro nunca tem o intuito de ser apenas lúdica.

Há sempre uma tentativa de explorar ideias filosóficas e apresentar estas através do contar de uma história. Baseando – se em textos de William Shakespeare e Fernando Pessoa, a peça “História de Amor Sem Fim” reuniu música, dança e moda. Algumas das cenas convocam as suas lágrimas, enquanto outras produzem gargalhadas de riso. Ao longo de toda a peça no entanto, houve um tema subjacente: “Amar uns aos outros”, o que é sempre uma boa mensagem de compartilhar.

Você por acaso teve a hipótese de ver esta Peça quando Fernando Nobre e eu a representamos em Lobito? Deixe-nos uma mensagem ou um comentário acerca do que viu. Diga-nos o que você pensa sobre a minha primeira Peça de Teatro!

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At the Theatre: On Stage

 

 

 

 

 

 

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No Teatro: Em Palco

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the Theatre: Mini Album Personalities

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No Teatro: Mini Álbum Personalidades

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Luanda Cartoon: The International Comic Art Festival

Hi again. This time round let us speak about something a little different, about Luanda Cartoon: The International Comic Art Festival!

Annually since 2005, this Comic Art Festival has been bringing together Comic Book Artists, Cartoonists, Illustrators and Animators in a gathering where professionals, amateurs and fans can rub shoulders.

The 9th Edition of the ever popular International Comic Art Festival will run until 24 August,  with events divided between two venues: The Camões Institute (Instituto Camões) and at Belas Shopping.

Organized by Olindimar Estúdio, the event will offer displays of Comic Book Art, sessions of various Animated Films, related thematic Workshops and Inaugural presentations of various new Comic Books. There will be something for everyone.

This year´s Festival, named Luanda Cartoon, will host approximately 30 Angolan Cartoonists who will be displaying their creative work. These include Olímpio de Sousa, Lindomar de Sousa, Tché Gourguel, Horácio da Mesquita, Armando Pululu, Casimiro Pedro, King André, Pai Jota, Canoth Júnior, Altino Chindele, Ermenegildo Pimentel and the Eclips.

Alongside these national artists, a further 11 from outside the country are also expected. In attendance will be creators such as Eduardo Barbier from France. Hugo Teixeira, João Mascarenhas, João Amaral, Nuno Saraiva and Teresa Pestana from Portugal. Alexandre and Adams Damas from Brazil. Makhmud Eshonkulov from Uzbekistan. Zorito Chiwanga from Mozambique and Jeremie Nsingi (RDC).

Have you missed the fun thus far? There is still time for you to see some of the upcoming Animated Films! On the 20, 21, 23 and 24 of August the Instituto Camões will be displaying various short films provided by the Alliance Française of Luanda, as well as Animated Films produced by Olindomar Estúdio. Some examples of what you can still watch are:  “Persépolis”, by Marjane Satrapi, (on 05/09/12) and “O Mágico” by Sylvain Chomet (on 19/09/12).

I hope you enjoy what is on offer at Luanda Cartoon. When my schedule permits I will drop by. Perhaps we will bump into each other!

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Luanda Cartoon: O Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada

Olá de novo! Hoje vamos falar sobre algo um pouco diferente, sobre Luanda Cartoon: O Festival Internacional de Banda Desenhada!

Anualmente, desde 2005, este Festival de Banda Desenhada tem vindo a reunir Artistas de BD, Cartunistas, Ilustradores e Animadores num evento onde profissionais, criadores amadores e fãs podem trocar ideias e conhecerem – se mutualmente.

A 9 ª Edição deste  sempre popular Festival Internacional de Banda decorre até 24 de Agosto, com eventos divididos entre dois locais: o Instituto Camões e o Centro Comercial Belas Shopping.

Organizado pela Olindimar Estúdio, o evento oferece Exposições de Arte BD, sessões de projeção de vários filmes de animação, seminários temáticos relacionadas e lançamentos de vários livros de BD. Haverá algo para todos.

O Festival deste ano, com o nome “Cartoon Luanda”, vai acolher cerca de 30 cartunistas de Angola, que irão apresentar os seus trabalhos criativos. Estes incluem Olímpio de Sousa, Lindomar de Sousa, Gourguel Tchê, da Horácio Mesquita, Armando Pululu, Pedro Casimiro, André Rei, Jota Pai, Júnior Canoth, Chindele Altino, Ermenegildo Pimentel e os Eclips.
Paralelamente a estes artistas nacionais, mais 11 de fora do país também são esperados. Em atendimento será criadores como Eduardo Barbier da França. Hugo Teixeira, João Mascarenhas, João Amaral, Nuno Saraiva e Teresa Pestana, de Portugal. Alexandre e Adams Damas do Brasil. Makhmud Eshonkulov do Uzbequistão. Zorito Chiwanga de Moçambique e Jeremie Nsingi (RDC).

Ainda não consegui ir até lá? Não perdeu tudo! Ainda há tempo para ver alguns dos filmes animados! Nos dias 20, 21, 23 e 24 de Agosto Instituto Camões irá exibir várias curtas-metragens fornecidas pelo Alliance Française de Luanda, assim como filmes animados produzidos pelo Olindomar Estúdio. Alguns exemplos do que ainda pode assistir são: “Persépolis“, de Marjane Satrapi, (em 05/09/12) e “O Mágico“, de Sylvain Chomet (em 19/09/12).

Espero que aprecie o que está em oferta no Festival Cartoon Luanda. Quando minha agenda permitir eu dar um salto por lá. Talvez nos encontramos!

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Traditional Ceremonies: Angolan Culture and Customs (Part 5)

Ceremonies are important both in the traditional and modern Angolan culture. The most common ceremonies are those which celebrate and announce the various stages of life. Childbirth and a naming ceremony herald the arrival of a child into the world, initiation inducts adolescents into adulthood, and rites of transition prepare the dead for the afterlife. This week let us ponder these important traditional customs!

Childbirth, Names, and the Naming Ceremony

In Angola childbirth is seen as the fulfillment of marriage. In traditional societies, pregnant women were cared for and nursed in the home throughout their pregnancy, with the help of the older women of the tribe. In rural areas hospitals are often not available within reasonable distances. This means that there is little access to modern medical prenatal monitoring and counseling on issues such as hygiene, nutrition, and family planning. Delivery may also have to be done by birth attendants who are likely to be untrained in the proper medical procedure.

The naming ceremony formally welcomes the newborn into the world. Traditionally, the ceremony is directed by an elder of the family who confers on the child the names that the father has provided. In Angola names are never mere words! They reflect a person’s history and define his personality and identity. Names are given based on the circumstances of the birth of the child or related family conditions. Children may also be named after ancestors, due to the belief that these ancestors will protect those who bear their names.

Initiation Ceremonies

One of the most important traditional Angolan customs is the rite of puberty (iniciação da puberdade). In this rite boys and girls which have come of age are initiated into adulthood. This rite is primarily intended to prepare young people for their respective social roles as adult men and women. Initiation rites are elaborate, lasting at least several weeks, and ending with days of celebration throughout the entire community.

Male initiation rites often include instructions on sexual matters in order to groom the boys for their impending marital role and other duties that adulthood demands of them. Most initiation rites require the boys to be subjected to a test of courage and fortitude, a trial of survival in which they must stay alone in the forest for a specific period of time.

Masquerade dance is another important feature of boys’ initiation rites. The use of masks is so central to these rites that among the Chokwe initiates are taught the art of mask carving, as part of the preparation. A popular Chokwe mask is of the female godess Mwana Pwo, which is worn by male dancers during the puberty rites.

For the young men, the completion of the rite signifies the attainment of adulthood. As men, they must now associate with other men, not with children and women, as they did before the initiation rites.

Female initiation rites are likewise conducted when a girl reaches her childbearing age. During the ritual dances the girls are beautifully adorned with traditional makeup and hairdos. The initiation rituals prepare the girls for wifehood and motherhood through training under the direction of elderly women. Their training focuses on the issue of the traditional woman’s role in society.

Death and Funerary Rites

Many Angolan communities expect proper funeral rites to be observed and certain rituals to be performed for a dead person. Funerary rites vary somewhat from one group to another, but there are also general elements: ritual mourning, ceremonial washing of the body, and the embracing and kissing of the body by family members.

Even in contemporary Angola, it is a strongly held belief that life continues after death, in spirit form. Failure to perform proper funerary rites prohibits the departed from perfect rest or from entry into the abode of the ancestors. The ancestor may become an aimless, wandering, restless spirit. A spirit considered harmful to the living.

In some communities children can play important roles. In Kuito and Malange, children pass under the coffin of a dead relative during the funeral ceremony and are expected to cut their hair to show mourning and respect for the departed relative. This is done to prevent the child from being afflicted by the spirit of the dead person.