Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

The sharp angles of the Forte da Graça create high contrast shadows and defined planes, excellent setting for beginner and intermediate sketchers that want to study shading in their work. Os ângulos agudos do Forte da Graça criam sombras de alto contraste e planos definidos, um cenário excelente para desenhadores estreantes e intermédios que pretendam estudar sombras no seu trabalho. In fact, most of the town of Elvas is such a setting. The buildings are mostly utilitarian - grain mills, star forts and simple Alentejo popular architecture. The fort overlooks on the road…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traço '16, Elvas drawing festival's clever logo, designed by João Sequeira, manages to communicate both Portuguese and Spanish writing of the word traço (meaning line stroke, pronounced «trasso»), aiming for an Iberian audience. The four-day festival, that aims to become annual, successfully managed to gather sketchers, artists, illustrators, comic book authors, architects and designers, form both Portugal and Spain, in the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site Forte da Graça. O logótipo do Traço '16, Festival de desenho de Elvas, criado por João Sequeira, consegue comunicar tanto a grafia Portuguesa como a Espanhola da palavra traço, apontando…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

The Graça Fort is a unique military architecture structure, built in the second half of the 18th century, under the Count of Lippe, as a means to secure the highest ground in the region, just north of the town. The strategic relevance of the Graça hill, where the fort was built, became evident about a century before, during the Restoration War, when the Spanish army bombarded the town of Elvas from the vantage point, some 60 meters above the town's castle. Its ramparts, moats and bastions are organized according to the star fort dutch model.…Read more
Uma só palavra (ROMA)

Uma só palavra (ROMA)

O encenador do espectáculo Uma Só Palavra (ROMA) e meu amigo convidou-me a assistir à apresentação final no Estoril. Pude assistir aos últimos preparativos do grupo, a correcções de luz, os últimos toques na dinâmica de algumas cenas, a colocação do cenário. Muitas coisas podem correr mal quando  se tem vinte e seis actores de idades entre os dez e os setenta e um anos no palco durante todo o espectáculo. The director of the play Uma Só Palavra (ROMA) (One Single Word (ROME)) and friend of mine, invited me over to watch the final show of the play by Grupo de Teatro…Read more
Short theater plays in shipping containers

Short theater plays in shipping containers

Short theater plays are not a tradition in Portugal. They are more common in the anglo-saxon world, where short stories are more prevalent. That didn't stop the people at Buzico! from organizing a night of short plays, taking advantage of the innovative architectural layout of the Village Underground Lisbon, in Alcântara, in an event they called Mostra de Teatro Breve em Contentores (Short theater plays showcase in containers). I was fortunate to be invited to watch the press rehearsals and later, the actual shows of the three short plays that the Mostra was showcasing -…Read more
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