Between April and June, following the first period of lockdown, Brazilian performer and maker Daniel Pizamiglio set up a series of encounters with a diverse group of people in different locations across Lisbon. In the face of a situation where an encounter is itself both a threat and that which is under threat, the aim was to preserve what little affection could still be salvaged – constrained, as it was, by the needs of health and safety measures. As a starting point, in each of these encounters, hands explore the insistence on a touch that had become impossible. And the eyes sought to think and perform being with the other, regarded as if it were the first and last time. For Curfew, he prepared an edit of these filmed encounters.
To contain the spread of COVID-19, in most Portuguese municipalities people are required to remain indoors from 11pm to 5am. During the six hours of a curfew, Teatro do Bairro Alto presented eight intimate pieces online – live-streamed or commissioned to help us face one of the longest nights in the longest of years. In Casablanca, London, Lisbon, Berlin or New York, music, images, words and gestures combine and take the shape of ritual and lecture, letter and gathering, flux and sleeplessness. Waiting for the days to grow longer again.