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.
Raul 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.
My name is Joao Neca. I was born in 1988 in a small village with 300 inhabitants in the inner part of Portugal, next to Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in Portugal.
There, I started playing theater at the age of 5 in an communitary theater collective, that united more than 50 amateur actors on stage.
Since then, with my friends, I founded a theater group in 2005 that still works regularly, I completed a master’s degree in Artistic Studies at the University of Coimbra and since 2013 I have been working in O Bando as an actor, director and responsible for communication, advertising and press relations.
Besides that, I worked on two radio broadcasters, I love listening to world music and playing football.
Now, my main concerns are about algorithms, journalism and democracy.