Hugo Calhim Cristóvão & Joana von Mayer Trindade
SYNOPSIS Maria Veleda proved to be an evidence, a “clue”strong enough not to be ignored, triggering the actions and the improvisations that lead to the performance structure, the starting point and main inspiration for the creation of this work as a personal solution answering her questions via art, as much as we are able to, as well as the silent witness within our process of achieving it. (…)
CREDITS Conception / Direction and Creation Joana von Mayer Trindade e Hugo Calhim Cristovão Performance Joana von Mayer Trindade Music Paula Cepeda Rodrigues or Viana Bombos – Grupo de Bombos da Casa dos Rapazes de Viana do Castelo Special Collaboration Valquiria Valhalladur Historical Support João Esteves Acknowledgements Orfeão do Porto, Paulo Trindade, Rui Nascimento, Joca (Viana Bombos – Grupo de Bombos da Casa dos Rapazes de Viana do Castelo) and Maria Veleda Fotography Silvana Torrinha Co-production Commission for the Commemorations of the Republic´s Centenary. The Portuguese Republican Revolution was in 1910. Duration 26'
For her uncompromising journey, often conditioning her life into material poverty, in the latter days to almost destitution and misery, a fact that should weigh heavily on us all.
For the multiple and complex meanings of her historical presence, from the political struggle stamped in ever growing radical options in the aim of individual freedom, to the specificity of her dedication to esoterism in parallel with her positions, far advanced and highly dissonant with the trend of her time, in what regards the condition of women, the nature and meaning of family, the how and why of interpersonal relationships .
By the clarity with which she analyzed and reflected upon the effective results of the Republic for which she fought, after it´s implementation, and so realized the burdens of suffering and joy that one creates and one indeed pays when in the present tense standing for the dream of making the world more human.
By the way in which her critic was relentlessly focused on the tools of dehumanization manifesting in the logic of power and of the abstractions that support it, the revolution that is turned stagnant taking the form of dead institutions who no longer become in the circulation of the living, but merely immobilize and constraint the concrete existence of what they were supposed to promote.
The particularity of her chosen pseudonym "Veleda" (a Völvur, a Vala ") and how this fits in oddity with her first name" Maria "from the outset an implication that only in synthesis is to be discovered: the archetype of the mother of Christianity (of the Christ) intertwined with a prophetess warrior bred in violence and rebellion against the Roman Empire.
By the phonetic and subjective associations that her name soon awoke, a hill steeped in velvet, a velvet which can burn as fuel and ignite these mirrors of memory, desire, and factual realities that nourished, and who knows if yet nourish, the republics: pregnant vehicles of utopia.
The route started from spirals, suspensions, to trace the path of a fracture. A organic beat, ever present, demanding need of emergency, metamorphosis, action and spirit, contamination, irony, sarcasm. A statement that will never stop and will never be finished.
Serralves em Festa | Musuem Gallery
CIRCULAR Performing Arts Festival
Vila do Conde
Festival CORPO + CIDADE
Estação de São Bento
Second Platform of Portuguese Dance Creators EDN&modul-dance
Festival Trama 2010
Fundação de Serralves
Festival Materiais Diversos
Câmara Municipal Sobral de Monte Agraço
Jardim da Estrela, Lisboa
Egeac / Lisboa na Rua
Centro Cultural de Ílhavo
21 a 25 -07-2010
Museu do Traje
Viana do Castelo
Dia Mundial da Dança
Largo do Teatro Nacional São Carlos, Lisboa
Centro Cultural Vila Flor
Dia Da Mulher
Átrio da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Sala Wittgenstein, Fábrica Braço de Prata
Orfeão do Porto, Viana Bombos – Grupo de Bombos da Casa dos Rapazes de Viana do Castelo