OQDA ETTA ERMINI DANCE THEATRE [ UK ]
ALL AGES | 25′ | PORTUGUESE PREMIERE
27 · 28 MAY 5pm
GASPAR MOREIRA SQUARE
27 · 28 MAY 7pm
LOIOS CONVENT MUSEUM
Oqda is Etta Ermini Dance Theatre’s new proposal for the public space, which combines a balancing act with traditional Moroccan acrobatics and urban dance, in an interdisciplinary project of contemporary circus and urban dance that interprets, in a touching way, the current issues of multiculturalism.
Three people from different countries are stranded at a border, unable to communicate with each other, as they do not speak the same language. Using humour, each one narrates their story, using art as a form of communication.
Inspired by the experiences of casual encounters and improvised conversations, Oqda, which in Arabic means knot, gives meaning to the natural creativity of each human being, leading the characters to get to know each other, discovering their differences and their points of convergence. A project that extols the concept of multiculturalism among the characters, who find in their artistic skills the best way to communicate.
Oqda is, above all, a metaphor for peace, overcoming xenophobic prejudices and accepting the “other” in a multicultural and diverse society.