Two socially distanced people meet in any given place, real or virtual, and call it a stage. One “works in the cultural sector” and the other is an “essential worker”. What do they have to say to each other? How they move (on stage, in the city)? What is essential about what they do? Or: what is the essence of what they do? What do they have in common, and what separates them? How do they experience the pandemic, confinement, deconfinement? What has changed, what needs to change? What essential element is lacking?
TBA invited four professionals from the cultural area, who in turn invited four essential workers for a series of conversations between two people. Each meeting will result in a video-piece, streamed online.
The performer and creator Andrea Soares chose Olga Cunha, general manager of a nursing home; Lila Fadista (vocalist of Fado Bicha) invited Alice Azevedo (actor, activist and call-centre operator); the poet, performer and researcher Raquel Lima works with her mother, Maria Palmira Joaquim, a geriatric aid; and the transdisciplinary artist Welket Bungué invited member of parliament Joacine Katar Moreira.