Raquel André is a collector of rare things. Across 20 cities around the world she has collected more than 200 ‘lovers’ to date. People of all nationalities, genders and ages, have agreed to meet her in an unfamiliar apartment, to build a fictional intimacy within the span of an hour. In each city she encounters more lovers and the collection grows. These encounters are documented in photographs, to serve as content for an ever-evolving performance.
Each time the door opens for a new lover, Raquel André dives into an abyss that is the other, and reality and fiction merge. Each encounter is real. The flirtation is real. The intimacy may feel more real than fiction. And Raquel, the obsessive collector, holds on to the moments of each meeting, the rare objects of her peculiar collection, ephemeral and infinite.
Strobe lighting is used during the performance.
Co-production Teatro Nacional D.Maria II (PT) and TEMPO Festival das Artes (BRA).
Supported by Apoio Pontual 2015 - República Portuguesa – Cultura /Direcção Geral das Artes, Fundação GDA, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, FLAD and apap-Performing Europe 2020 – a project co-founded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Co-Created by António Pedro Lopes, Bernardo de Almeida and Raquel André
Lighting Design: Rui Monteiro and Carin Geada
Sound Design: João Neves
10 & 11 Oct, 7.45pm
12 Oct, 2.45pm & 7.45pm
60 mins. No interval.
10 Oct, post-show. With Raquel André.