Ana Borralho & João Galante: Family Romance or Augmented Reality

Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal
April 11 – 13, 2019

Ana Borralho and João Galante are fascinated by the new communication technologies, not so much because of the increasingly impressive capacities that these have, or because of the attraction that each new gadget creates, but because of the way in which these technologies are transforming age-old social models and relations at an alarming rate. Whereas, until the twentieth century, audio-visual devices were designed for mass consumption, in the new millennium the focus is now placed on each citizen and their idiosyncrasies. The mass use of individualised digital equipment in every area is creating ways of life in which the notion of the social body has imploded and almost disappeared.

Family Romance or augmented reality looks at these symptoms through the use of recent technological devices. What are the psychic effects of extreme individualisation? Is the real world at risk of becoming lost in the virtual world? Together with a group of the local community members, Ana Borralho and João Galante invite us to explore a future that has already begun.

Concept,  artistic direction, space: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Co-criation, actors: Ana Freitas, Cláudio da Silva
Co-criation, rehearsal assistance, performers: Alface (Cátia Leitão), Catarina Gonçalves
Co-criation, technical assistance, performer: Tiago Gandra
Rehearsal assistance, performers: Daniel Matos
Performers: Alexandre Crespo, André de Campos, Barbara Bruno, Beatriz Garrucho, Eva Fornelos, João Meirinhos, Luara Learth, Maria Lalande, Mariana Santos e Ricardo Vaz Trindade
Dramaturgy, artistic collaboration: Fernando J. Ribeiro, Antonia Buresi
Staging assistance: Antonia Buresi
Light design: Eduardo Abdala
Original soundtrack: Coolgate
Multimedia development: ArticaCC
Executive management, administration: Mónica Samões
Production, diffusion: Andrea Sozzi
Executive production: Joana Duarte
Production: casaBranca
Coproduction: Culturgest, Le phénix pôle européen de création décentralisé au théâtre de Denain dans le cadre du Campus Amiens-Valenciennes avec le soutien du programme Culture pour tous du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
Support: Espaço Alkantara, Pólo Cultural Gaivotas, O Rumo do Fumo, Arisco – Instituição para a Promoção Social e a Saúde, Forall Phones, Pro.Dança

More on the performance on the Culturgest website.