Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Lisbon, Portugal:
Rui Catalão Amateurism hypnotism journalism,
premiere from January 11th to 21st, 2018
Learning to look - eye-to-eye - of events,
Build stories witnessed face-to-face in the first person,
Answer such concrete questions as:
What, who, when, where, how, why?
The cast will function as a team of journalists that will gather twice a day in the “newsroom”. All the ideas and collected material will be discussed in group. The purpose is to learn how to pick stories from daily life, how to communicate, how to follow an event, an occurrence, or simply a daily-life task and transform it into a story – in order to stage it as a performative act.
The show AMATEURISM HYPNOTISM JOURNALISM will be the outcome of a workshop with 15 sessions of practice. There are no professional requirements (free admission to non-actors). Each day the participants will be sent to a given neighbourhood or town. The aim to find stories though observation, listening and interviews. Video and photo cameras, recorders and notebooks will only be tolerated as memory aids. The collected material can be wrapped as short stories and anecdotes or news, reports, portraits or even interviews. These stories can take a whole week of work, or simply a couple of hours.
AMATEURISM HYPNOTISM JOURNALISM is a stage project where, way before stories start to unfold, the performers are already engaged in hypnotizing each other and the audience with the power of their gaze – it’s through their eyes and ears that they capture life, and the life that surrounds them. Journalism is not just a profession, it’s a profession of faith, through which we feel the vibration of the community we live in, and choose the bits and pieces that make our hearts bump: “amateurism” doesn’t mean only those who work as non-professionals, but also those who dedicate themselves to the things that make them feel in love with what they do.
Directed by: Rui Catalão
Assistant: locals to be confirmed
Participants: to be defined in the work meetings.
Light Design and Operation: Cristóvão Cunha
Set design: Sara Franqueira
Costums: Carlota Lagido
Production Management: Tânia M. Guerreiro
Production: [PI] Produções Independentes
Coproduction: TNDM II
BEHIND AMATEURISM HYPNOTISM JOURNALISM
Irrespective of other areas being able to participate in this project, students of theatre and journalism are the main target of this project - since everything that will be explored reflects the interests and working tools that are common to them: the importance of finding stories and to make portraits of the community, and to find strategies to share them with the public. Each show will involve groups of 10-15 participants - who participated in the sessions, and who, on the day of the show, will work since morning, and the stage will be used as “newsroom”. Depending on the complexity of the work of some participants, there may be a follow-up of some participants one week before the presentation. Working time with participants: 10 days, 3 hours / day; One week of rehearsals before the presentations and the day of presentation (full day).
Ages: > 16 years
Work schedule for the Sessions:
AMATEURISM, HYPNOTISM JOURNALISM proposes a series of 10 meetings. Each meeting will have a topic to discuss. Each of these themes will have to show its unequivocal relevance to journalism, theatrical practice and public opinion in general. Participants will be invited to find work materials, in the form of stories or characters, to address the chosen themes.