Maria Matos opened its doors to the public in 1969 and is today a space devoted to contemporary creation. Oriented towards contemporary creation, it hosts and coproduces theatre and dance performances, concerts, and children and youth projects. As far as programming goes, it collaborates with independent artists and companies, coproduces several festivals (FIMFA, Alkantara Festival, Almada Festival and Temps d’images), commissions thematic events, and shares programming cycles with other institutions such as the the Theatre/Music cycle with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Teatro Maria Matos is founding member and coordinator of the House on Fire network, which brings together ten European theatres and festivals around a project aiming at reinventing social and politically active theatre, and is part of the Create to ConnectEuropean network, which strives to broaden and intensify the relationship between artists and audience. It is also a founding member of the network 5 Sentidos [5 senses] that promotes programming and coproducing at a national level.
In the spirit of public service, Teatro Maria Matos can be described as a place where artists and audience meet in order to reflect upon the world we live in. In this sense, the Theatre’s programming regularly focuses on political, social and ecological issues, through multidisciplinary programmes involving lectures, debates, films, performances, installations and interventions in the public space.
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