The main goal of the performing arts area is to leave a deep, positive, regenerative, productive mark on the city, the country and Europe.
The word residency will permeate the entire programme as a dynamic concept of awareness of an agglomerative, empowering place that branches out, connects and moves. Major Portuguese and foreign creators in the fields of theatre, dance, performance and new circus will be invited to work in Guimarães. The city will also be opened to new creators and performers in order to form an anchor project, a national and international benchmark professional theatre structure.
• Teatro Estúdio (Studio Theatre)
This theatre will offer studio training for actors and writers and foster different dynamics in its relationship with the city and the region. There will be six new creations with Portuguese and foreign directors, who will premiere these works in performing arts collaboration with Teatro Oficina. The studio will act as a hub for all the residencies in the different performing arts and serve as a meeting point for the exchange of talents, skills and risks.
• Teatro | Território (Theatre | Territory)
The aim of this project is to question citizens, spectators and participants and invite them to reflect on their condition as members of a society that is itself a cultural product. Its main purpose is to disseminate the works of the most prominent European playwrights. It also includes artistic residencies and reading of works, lectures, training courses and publications. A performance will be put on in Guimarães by Peter Brook, who will also conduct a series of workshops.
• Gil Vicente Festivals
The main goals of the 2012 Festival are to get to know contemporary playwriting and the way in which theatre is presented on stage and to share these experiences and their fruition.
• Dança(s) | Território (Dance(s) | Territory)
This entails an international production of contemporary dance planned or created in relation to the city and with the fundamental issues of artistic expression today. There will be a performance in Guimarães by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker / Rosas.
• Festival Internacional de Dança Contemporânea (International Festival of Contemporary Dance)
This is a new annual international festival consisting mainly of premieres from artistic residencies in the city. it will be a new reference for culture in Guimarães. Este conjunto de acções visa fomentar, difundir e valorizar o património e a composição coreográficos de âmbito europeu.
• Teatro | Residência (Theatre | Residency)
this project entails an artistic residency for creators in the theatre in order for them to create performances of high quality and technical standards and form a more intense relationship with the city. In addition to the residencies, it includes publications of plays and poetry, programmes in the city by companies in residencies and training courses. It will feature Footsbarn theatre in a long artistic residency in close involvement with the local community.
• Dança | Residência (Dance | Residency)
The purpose is to encourage research, experimentation, creation and innovation in choreography and to update and consolidate the professional network in artistic residencies in Guimarães. In addition to the residencies, it includes programmes by the companies in the city and training courses by internationally renowned artists, such as Hofesh Shechter and Companhia Instável.
• Olhar do Outro (The Other’s Eye)
This will foster collaboration between artists from different cultures as a vehicle for the reformulation of ideas about creation and the societies in which we live. The aim is to create new theatrical, choreographical and transdisciplinary works by inviting european creators to use aspects of guimarães’s symbolic capital as a starting point.
• Trans | Novas Linguagens (Trans | New Languages)
This is a meeting point with other programme areas, a hybrid zone for discovering new formats and languages, a space for experimentation with new technologies, a laboratory for trials and advances.
• Troca de Capitais (Exchange of Capitals)
The aim here is the internationalisation of Portuguese performing arts and increased cooperation with other european countries by means of direct collaboration with other European Capitals of Culture, especially Maribor.
Stimulating culture and promoting artistic activity as an instrument of economic development and social qualification, inclusion and cohesion are the aims of this project. It includes artistic residencies, small-format performances, training courses and discussions with the community in all parishes of the Guimarães municipality.
• Escolas Palco (School Stages)
The idea is to include school work carried out in the performing arts in Guimarães 2012. It entails small-format performances, training courses and discussions at schools.
• Off Capital
This is a place for everything was not planned or decided on by the planning teams. It is an empty space to be filled. It is the capital that the city and artists decide to make.