‘Quizoola!’ (PT) in Coimbra
Following on from the success of Quizoola Lisboa! (part of Real Magic, Artist of the City 2014 | Tim Etchells) performers Jorge Andrade, Pedro Penim and Vera Mantero presented another Portuguese language version of this extraordinary durational at TAGV in Coimbra this 27 March.
Quizoola! is an improvised performance in which three performers in shabby clown make-up ask and answer questions over a continuous 6 hours. Dark, hilarious, absurd and intimate, it is a game that survives from moment to moment, a comical and sometimes brutal interrogation that soon gets out of hand. Set inside a circle of bare electric light bulbs, Quizoola! is a live negotiation of what is real and what is performed – of what to ask and how to answer. The audience is free to arrive, leave and return at any point as this marathon game of questions and answers unfolds.
Jorge Andrade is a graduate of and teacher at Lisbon’s Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. In 2002, he co-founded the company mala voadora with José Capela. The company’s work focuses on contemporary issues and social concerns, while others explore the nature of theatricality and spectacularity itself. Andrade was distinguished with an honorable mention by the jury of the Maria Madalena de Azeredo Perdigão award for the staging of The Justs. In 2007 he was invited to stage a show for “O Estado do Mundo”. In 2012, the show overdrama was nominated for the SPA/RTP awards in the best show category; and Total Theatre nominated the show What I Heard About the World, a co-creation between mala voadora and Third Angel, for best show of Edinburgh’s International Fringe Festival.
Vera Mantero worked as a dancer in Ballet Gulbenkian in 1984-89. Since 1991 she has been showing her choreographic work in theatres and festivals around Europe, Brazil, USA, Canada and Singapore. She participates regularly in international improvisation projects, teaches workshops in composition and improvisation and collaborates in music projects as a singer. She represented Portugal at the 26th Biennale of São Paulo 2004 together with the sculptor Rui Chafes with the co-creation Eating your heart out. In 2009 she was awarded the prestigious Gulbenkian Art Prize for her career as a performer and choreographer.
Born in 1975, Pedro Penim is a Stage director and performer. He is a founding member and the artistic director of the award-winning Teatro Praga (www.teatropraga.com). His work as a stage director and actor extends to the areas of writing, translation and education, and he has had his works presented across the world. He was a guest director at Capitals / Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian at Capitals in Discussion, curated by Jan Ritsema and Bojana Cvejić, and on the project It Will Be What We Make It (composed by an international group of theoreticians and artists), at the Centre International de Formation en Arts du Spectacle – Brussels (2014), at SP Escola de Teatro in São Paulo, Brazil. Outside Praga he worked with names such as Tg. Stan (Belgium), Tim Etchells (The Quiet Volume, Festival Alkantara) and Portuguese directors Ricardo Pais, Antonino Solmer, José Wallenstein, Nuno Carinhas, a.o.
Based on a text of 2000 questions by Tim Etchells, Quizoola! was originally co-commissioned by the NRLA and ICA Live Arts in 1996. Quizoola! (PT) is presented by Forced Entertainment and Teatro Maria Matos at TAGV, Coimbra.