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Or the paths of love...

writings by Camilo Castelo Branco

Casa de Camilo - S. M. de Seide - Famalicão - 5pm

Tiago Sarmento - readings
André Ferreira - organ 
Rodrigo Teodoro de Paula - conception and artistic direction

"Os segredos dos afetos" (The secrets of affection) is one of the lines from the poem "O segredo de salvar-me pelo amor" (The secret of saving myself through love) (1858) by Camilo Castelo Branco. Initially dedicated to Ana Plácido, it was one of the elements that contributed to the couple's troubled and tragic union. The tempestuous, indomitable, fierce love between the two writers had its genesis during a ball. Years later, amid jealousy, betrayal, flight and imprisonment for adultery, relationship scandalised 19th-century Portuguese society, contradicting its norms and became a literary resource for criticising and highlighting the consequences of marriage for economic convenience. This life of passion inspired part of Camilo's work, influencing characters and storylines that often recall his own experiences. Camilo's love for Ana, "his extreme companion in misfortunes", will be revisited in this program through the reading of selected texts taken from poems and novels written between 1850 and 1864. These excerpts are in constant dialogue with music and its expressive potential to highlight the meanings of words and move the audience's affections. To this end, organ improvisations inspired by themes from works by composers who used texts by Camilo Castelo Branco in some of their songs, such as Vianna da Motta, Carlos Dubini, Gustavo Romanoff Salvini and Tomás Borba are in accompaniment. The intention is to recreate and represent Camilo's reflections on love and his inspired and romantic declarations to Ana Plácido, from their first contact at the ball, the social judgement of that relationship, to the commitment to a fully shared life that will later take place with her and their children in São Miguel de Seide.  The show is the result of a collective creative process, performed by actor Tiago Sarmento, with the intervention of organist André Ferreira, under the artistic direction of Rodrigo Teodoro de Paula.

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Winner of the CinEuphoria 2020 award for best actor for the film "Sputnik", TIAGO SARMENTO is an actor, director and director??? He studied visual arts at the Soares dos Reis Art School. In 2014, he graduated in the Theatre Department with a degree in Acting from the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo. As part of the Erasmus programme, he attended Northumbria University in Newcastle. In 2015, he completed a Masters in Acting at the East 15 Acting School in London. He also attended an intensive course at GITIS (Russian Institute of Theatre Arts) in Moscow. He has been in the casts of plays directed by Marco Martins, Nuno Carinhas, Carlos Pimenta, Nuno Cardoso, João Pedro Vaz, Nuno M. Cardoso, Mark Calvert, Whit Hertford, George Siena, Lígia Roque, Lee Beagley and Nuno Pino Custódio. In cinema, Sarmento has appeared in films by António Pinhão Botelho, Miguel Magalhães, Fanny Ardant and Cátia Silva. In 2015, he premiered his performance "#Falling" at The Yard Theatre in London. The year after, he premiered his staging of "The Vertigo of Our Bodies" at FITEI. He currently teaches at Balleteatro and collaborates with Este Estação Teatral and RTP. In television, he has appeared in the soap operas "Alma e Coração" and "Paixão" for SIC, the series "Capitães do Açucar" for RTP and the series "Braga" for RTP1.

After his initial training at the Instituto Greogriano in Lisbon (António Esteireiro's organ class), ANDRÉ FERREIRA continued his musical studies in the Netherlands, at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague (with Jos van der Kooy) and later graduated in organ from the Amsterdam Conservatoire, in the class of Professor Jacques van Oortmerssen, also working with Pieter van Dijk. He went on to complete a Master's degree in organ under the guidance of João Vaz at the Lisbon School of Music (ESML). He is a co-founder of Ensemble 258, with which he organised the baroque music cycle 7 Colinas / 7 Cantatas in Lisbon. He is a member of the group Ars Lusitana, dedicated to performing Portuguese repertoire. He collaborates as organist with the Parish of St Thomas Aquinas and the Parish of St Mary of Belém (Jerónimos Monastery). She is also dedicated to the baroque oboe, studying for a master's degree in this specialisation at ESML, in Pedro Castro's class, and he has been a member of groups such as the Divino Sospiro orchestra. She studied jazz piano with Daniel Bernardes at the Hot Club of Portugal. As well as performing as a soloist and in ensembles, she has given recitals in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and at the Mafra Conservatory and Faro Cathedral.

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Conductor, musicologist and cultural producer RODRIGO TEODORO DE PAULA holds a PhD in Historical Musicology from the New University of Lisbon, is a conductor with a degree in Orchestral Conducting from the School of Music of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), a master's degree in the Study of Musical Practices - Music and Society from the same university and a master's degree in Early Music Performance from the School of Music of Catalonia / Autonomous University of Barcelona. In Brazil, with the group Capella Brasilica, she recorded the CD Modinhas, acclaimed by the magazines Bravo, Concerto and Revista de História da Biblioteca Nacional (Brazil). He was also pianist with the group Lyrical Jazz, with whom he recorded the disc of the same name presented by Milton Nascimento. He produced and performed concerts in Minas Gerais with renowned singer Elza Soares (2008). He has also worked for the Brazilian Ministry of Culture as a technical expert, analysing highly complex projects in the field of music (FUNARTE - Rouanet Law). In 2012, he founded the ALEMMARES Ensemble, based in Lisbon, where he lives, and with which he has dedicated himself to the musicological study and historically based interpretation of Ibero-American music.  He was director of the Concert Cycle at the National Museum of Music (2009-2010), devised and produced the Mostra Identidades Brasileiras - Música Negra Urbana (2011) and the Mostra Itinerante de Cinema Indígena Brasileiro (2013). He is a visiting professor at the University of Minho (Braga), a researcher at the Casa de Bragança Foundation and Artistic Director of the Vila Nova de Famalicão and Santo Tirso International Organ Festival.

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