Amores de Leste
- Hotel Europa (Portugal)
With German surtitles
AMORES DE LESTE (Eastern Loves) is a euro-scene Leipzig coproduction with Culturgest in Lisbon und Theatre de la Ville in Paris. The piece addresses the lives of young Portuguese anti-fascist activists as well as citizens of Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau who fought against the dictatorships and colonialism in their countries and for the founding of independent republics after the Carnation Revolution in 1974. To support their battle, they were invited to the ex-Eastern Bloc nations for vocational training or studies. In Leipzig, grants were awarded to them by the Herder-Institut.
What effect did these often multiyear residencies on the other side of the iron curtain have on their lives? Did their perspectives on communism change? A number of them left the Party after this experience.
Others remained communists. Some fell in love and started families. Many of these were torn apart by the fall of communism.
In June 2021, the Hotel Europa team spent a week in Leipzig for a research residency. They explored archives and collected witness statements from people who had lived through these events. A documentary theater piece was created that reflects contemporary history in personal love stories and investigates the interaction of love, family ties and world politics between Europe and Africa.
Hotel Europa is a theater company from Lisbon that is headed by Tereza Havlíčková, who was born in the Czech Republic and the Portuguese André Amálio.
There will be an artists’ talk after the two performances.
On 3. November we will show the film BECOMING BLACK at Passage Kinos.
22 / 11 euros
Creation André Amálio + Tereza Havlíčková With André Amálio, Andreia Galvão, Beatrice Cordier, Celise Manuel, Jorge Cabral, Mbalango, Tereza Havlíčková Lighting + tehcnical director Joaquim Madaíl Stage Ana Paula Rocha Stage assistant Aurora dos Campos Photo Hotel Europa
Coproduction Culturgest (Lisbon, Portugal), Thêátre de la Ville (Paris, France), euro-scene Leipzig Support Fundo de Fomento Cultural, Internationalization support of República Portuguesa-Ministério da Cultura / DG Artes.