From Auteur Directors to Mask Masters: Festival de Almada 2022
This article reviews the 2022 programme of Portugal’s leading theatre showcase, Festival de Almada, which is held every summer in the city of Almada and, across the River Tagus, in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. The review begins with German director Peter Kleinert’s Portuguese-language production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; before alighting on Selvagem, an anthropological work by Portuguese theatre-maker Marco Martins; Hokuspokus by German mask-theatre company Familie Flöz; American director Robert Wilson’s I Was Sitting on My Patio This Guy Appeared I Thought I Was Hallucinating; and, finally, Hands Do Not Touch Your Precious Me by Belgian movement-theatre maker Wim Vandekeybus. In doing so, the review seeks to give a sense of the breadth and internationalism of the festival’s programme.
Keywords: auteur; Peter Kleinert; Marco Martins; mask-theatre; Familie Flöz; body language; Robert Wilson; Wim Vandekeybus
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