Teatro O Bando

(Palmela, Portugal)

Teatro O Bando is a major Portuguese professional traveling theatre company in activity since 1974.

Bando is collective that elects aesthetic transfiguration has a civic and communitary participation and it’s a Portuguese National Entity of Public Utility and a Certified Actor’s Training establishment.

An aerial photograph of a valley i nPortugal. Half way down a hill a series of buildings are visible.

Founded in 1974, they are one of the oldest cultural cooperatives in the Portugal. The genesis and foundations of the company is street theatre and activities for children in schools and cultural associations, integrated in decentralization projects..
O Bando creations are defined by their plastic and staging dimension, marked mainly by the Scene Machines, polysemic objects carrying in itself an idea of action.
The dramaturgic work is also very important: parting mainly from Portuguese authors, most of the times not dramatic work, which the theatrical form, in its multiple languages, provides a different communication.

Having created more than 100 performances, O Bando has presented approximately 4500 shows to over 1.5 million spectators. The company goes on seeking for the singularity of their creations, aiming to achieve more cutting and unexpected art works. These are the result of a collective methodology where an expanded artistic direction demand the difference, the interference, the collapse, the collision of points of view. Rural or urban, adult or child, learned or popular, national, or universal, dramatic, narrative or poetic – these are the borders Teatro O Bando works to transgress.
Throughout their journey, the group was linked to multiple national and international projects and the touring investment continues to present several shows throughout the country.

After several homes, O Bando is now settled in a Farm in Vale dos Barris, Palmela, where unsuspected potential stages can be found. There O Bando is waiting for you, always with soup, bread and cheese, Muscatel, a cosy chat next to the fireplace.

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Álvaro Magalhães, Game Expert
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was born in 1951, in Porto. In 1982 he published his first book for the youngest, “História com muitas letras” (History with many letters), and, from then on, he has built a work with more than 70 titles, which integrates poetry, essay, dramatic texts, children’s literature and which is characterized, mainly for its originality, either for the chosen themes or for its treatment,
Five of his books were awarded by the Portuguese Writers Association and the State Secretary for Culture. The book O Limpa-palavras e outros poemas (The word cleaner and other poems), was considered by the International Board Book for Young Children as the best text published in 2000 and 2001 and included in the “Honor List” of the Hans Cristian Anderson Prize. The book Hipóptimos – Uma amor de amor (Hipóptimos – a love story), received in 2002 the Grand Prize Calouste Gulbenkian for Children’s Literature. In 2013, his book O Senhor Pina (Mister Pina), received the Authors award for the best children’s book of that year.
Part of his work (21 titles) is published in France, Spain, Brazil, Italy and South Korea.
It has 14 dramatic texts taken to the scene, since 1992 Na Ilha do tempo( On the island of time), by Companhia Pé de Vento and Miséria (Misery), by the Teatro de Marionetas do Porto, until the most recent, in 2016 Um urso com poucos miolos,  (A bear with few brains), by Companhia Trigo Limpo Teatro Acert. In 2018, O Senhor Pina (Mister Pina), was co-produced by National Theater of Porto, S. João, and Companhia Pé de Vento.
In 2004, he published Natural History of Football, an essay that results from more than ten years of intense research and penetrates domains hitherto kept ignored, revealing to us the most intimate reality of the game, that is, its essence. Operating a synthesis of the partial views of disciplines such as history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, or sociobiology, unveils the most persistent mysteries of the game and answers, finally, so many questions that have remained unanswered. Where does football come from? What is its true origin? And your remote past? And your concrete genealogy? What, then, is its profound meaning? And why has it become a scandalous need for modern man, „this evolved but denatured animal“?
He also published the chronicle book Jogo Perigoso (Dangerous game), which brought together chronicles published in the newspapers Jornal de Notícias and Le Monde Diplomatique. Currently, he writes a fortnightly chronicle for the newspaper O Jogo.

João Neca, Marketing Manager
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Born in 1988. His involvement with the theater begins very early, at 5 years old in the amateur theater group called Teatro à Vela in a small village with 300 inhabitants.
He studied Artistic Studies, with specialization in Theater at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra.
In 2011, he integrate o Bando’s team in staging assistance to Anatoly Praudin in the show PEDRO E INÊS. He is the founder and artistic director of the theater group Gambozinos and Peobardos based in Vela, a small village near Guarda. He has been writing, performing and staging various shows of this group since 2005.
Since 2013, at O Bando, he integrates the cast of EM NOME DA TERRA directed by Miguel Jesus, ABSTENÇÃO a staging by João Brites, AUSÊNCIA (whose text he wrote), DOS BICHOS, ALMENARA and INFERNO (based on The Divine Comedy) at National Theatre D. Maria II in Lisbon. In 2016 he co-directed with Miguel Jesus, DO FIM creation of O Bando and in 2017 he was staging assistance and part of the cast of ADOECER, directed by Miguel Jesus, a co-production of Bando with Centro Cultural de Belém. In 2017, he was co-creator and actor of the show THIS IS (NOT) EUROPE, an international co-production inside Platform Shift+ with Collectif Le Nomade Village and Theatre Massalia of Marseille. In 2019, he was responsible for the dramaturgy and the direction of FILHO?.

Juliana Pinho Direction, Training, Artistic Team, Technical Team, Production Team
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Born in 1984, in Carregosa, where she began her theatrical activity in the Amateur Theater group of the Friends of the Earth URATE Recreational Association, initially as an actress and later as the founder and director of the Fantochola youth theater.
In 2006, she graduated with a degree in Biology and Geology from the University of Aveiro She participates in forest watchers in the promotion of walking paths and in providing school support to disadvantaged students, among other projects.
In 2007 she works in dramatic expression workshops for children and participates in the Amateur Theater Training Course organized by the Ephemeral – Aveiro Theater Company.
She graduated as an actress in the School of Theater and Cinema, Lisbon, in the course of Theater Actors branch.
She is a member of the Direction of the Cooperative O Bando Theater and she performs in the most important plays of O Bando.
She is currently coordinating the Actor on Stage Awareness Training Workshops developed by the O Bando Theater.

Miguel Jesus, Direction, Artistic Direction, Artistic Team, Technical Team, Production Team
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Born in 1984, he has a degree in Performing Arts from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. He is a member of the Direction of the Cooperative O Bando Theater and member of the artistic direction, where he works as a playwright, writer, director and production coordinator.
In 2010, he founded Galateia – edition and cultural production, where he published his poems books First Road and Quarantine and the play Inês Morre (2011), which originated: Pedro and Inês, staged by Anatoly Praudin
Wrote the text and co-staged Quarantine, the commemorative spectacle of the Bando’s 40th anniversary; In 2015, he conceived the dramaturgy and staged the show In the Name of the Earth, from Vergílio Ferreira.
In the context of the European Project Platform Shift+ and under the aegis of António Maria Lisboa, in 2016, wrote and co-staged with João Neca the community show Do Fim; and in 2017, he was co-creator, actor and musician on the show This Is Not Europe, an international co-production with Collectif Le Nomade Village.

Raul Atalaia, Project Manager
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was born in Tomar (Portugal) in 1952. He has attended different workshops in Lisbon, Paris and Brussels, in areas such as movement, music, masks, circus, juggle and others.
He works in Teatro O Bando since 1975, becoming a member of this cultural co-operative one year later. From 1975 onwards, he has leaded several courses and seminars of theatre at primary and secondary schools for students and teachers. He is responsible for the management and international affairs at O Bando. He performed in most of the plays of this company, and also worked as stage director.

Rita Brito, Artistic Team, Technical Team, Production Team.
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Born in Lisbon in 1987. She graduated as an actress from the Cascais Professional School of Theater in 2006 and the School of Theater and Cinema, Lisbon, in 2009.
She has worked with several creators and directors such as João Lagarto, Cristina Carvalhal and Carlos Avilez.
Since 2008 she has been doubling for television and in 2012 has given Dramatic Expression classes to Basic Education.
She also attended the Portuguese Sign Language course for two years, where he also coordinated dramatic expression exercises with the deaf community.
In March 2014 started a Professional internship and currently performs in the most important plays of O Bando Theater
She is currently responsible of the area of Reception of Audiences of O Bando Theater.

Direction
João Brites
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Dramaturgist, director and set designer, João Brites was born in Torres Novas in 1947. During the period of political exile in Brussels, he completed the course of Engraving and attended the courses in Monumental Painting and Scenography, at ENSAAV, La Cambre.

He holds individual exhibitions and participates in collective exhibitions. Founded in 1974 the Teatro O Bando.

João Brites was the director of EXPO ’98 Shows Department and in 1999 he received the degree of Commander of the Order of Merit. In 2011, he was the commissioner of the Portuguese Official Representation at the 12th Prague Quadrennial. Over more than 45 years at Teatro O Bando, he creates and directs dozens of scenic versions of non-dramatic texts by Portuguese authors; conceives scenic spaces in unpredictable territories; idealizes and builds Scene Machines; and coordinates major events for several thousand spectators. For over 20 years he was a teacher of actors at the Superior School of Drama Theater and Cinema and now is directing and developing O Bando’s training course Actor Awareness On Stage.