The Spanish company Elelei is the winner of Mais Imaginarius, having won not only the jury, but also the audiences, with its artistic creation A Ciegas, presented on the virtual stage of Imaginarius – International Street Theatre Festival, on 28, 29 and 30 May. This theatre and dance company will now create an artistic residency in Santa Maria da Feira for a world premiere at Imaginarius 2022.
Ciegas was the theatre and dance show that Compañia Elelei presented at the Mais Imaginarius International Competition. It was conceived for the digital format of the first Imaginarius moment and attracted the attention of the jury and audiences who, for the first time in this edition, could also evaluate the shows in the competition. To Company Elelei, which will present a new show at Imaginarius in 2022, the Municipality of Santa Maria da Feira awards a grant to support artistic creation, in the amount of 5000 euros, and 400 euros to support travel.
In competition, within the scope of the Mais Imaginarius International Competition, there were five artistic projects: A Ciegas, by the Spanish company Elelei; Risas de Papel, by Circonciente, from Mexico; Poemas with Cheirinho, by Portugal’s Filipe Alexandre Santos; Dandelion or the Theory of Possible Worlds, by Societat Valentinas, France; and Histórias Encaixotadas, by Varanda Teatro, from Brazil.
The jury for this edition was made up of José Prata, architect and professor at the Superior School of Music and Performing Arts, Isabel Bezelga, director of the Theatre degree at the University of Évora, Julieta Aurora Santos, founder and director of Teatro do Mar, Tiago Sigorelho , founder and executive director of Gerador, and Joe Mackintosh, chief executive of Out There Arts and artistic director of the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts.
Mais Imaginarius is a section of the Imaginarius festival that aims to give room to Portuguese and international emerging artists who are willing to show their work, through an artistic creation competition. This year, the competition was adapted to the new reality, assuming, in this edition, a new model, looking for projects that could be presented using digital media and platforms.
The 20th edition of Imaginarius – International Street Theatre Festival will be returning to Santa Maria da Feira’s public space and municipal facilities between 9 and 12 September.