Why do you do what you do?
I don't know why I am here, but I do know what brought me here. with the facts I gather dealing with the second sentence, I try to guess the question hidden in the first sentence.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
Mainly, I deal with autobiography and memory (might it come from me or the performers I work with). I spend years defining the concept and the frame of my projects. When I get the chance of producing them, I use instinct and chance to approach storytelling or dialogue. I work a lot with kids. Teenagers. Most of the ideas I developed on stage in my last works come from trying to engage them in my personal obsessions.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
Showing the "hidden obvious" - what is available and nobody else seems to give importance to it.
Rui Catalão (born. 1971) in 2010 he started a series of autobiographical solos (“Inside Words”, “Songs of Blarmino”, “The Great Debt Conferences”, “Precarious Work”), with portraits of his generation and the hidden history of his country. More recently, he presented Judith” (where he revisits the biblical feminine character), and “Now us” (with five afro-portuguese young amateurs, performing a real time decision making piece about the story of their lives) and “Fear on the way”. He also wrote the piece “Esther” (based on the old testament’s Book of Esther) to be performed by juvenile theatre groups, and has been quite active directing teenagers in theatre workshops. His work deals with the border between private and public space and memory, and story telling. As a dramaturg, he worked with João Fiadeiro, Miguel Pereira, Ana Borralho-João Galante, Manuel Pelmus, Brinjar Bandlien, Mihaela Dancs, etc. He also wrote scripts for the movies “Golden Helmet”, “To Die Like a Man” and “Un été avec Diogo” (filming). He wrote the book “Ingredientes do Mundo Perfeito” (about the stage work of Tiago Rodrigues) and was the editor and co-author of “Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker em Lisboa”.
(photo: Alípio Padilha)