Teatro O Bando

João Brites

Portugal

Founded in 1974, and being one of the oldest cultural cooperatives in the country, Teatro O Bando uses transfiguration as aesthetic, full of civic participation and community. Teatro O Bando started with integrating street theater and activities for children in schools and cultural associations as decentralization projects.

Their  creations are defined by their plastic and staging dimensions, marked mainly by the ‘Scene Machines’: polysemic objects carrying itself an idea of action. Having created more than 100 performances, O Bando performerd about 4500 shows to over 2 million spectators.

The company goes on seeking for the singularity of their creations, aiming to create unexpected artworks. These are the result of a collective methodology where an expanded artistic direction demand the difference, the interference, the collapse, the collision of points of view, until that intersection reveals its potential.

Rural or urban, adult or child, learned or popular, national, or universal, dramatic, narrative or poetic – these are the borders Teatro O Bando uses to transgress. Throughout their journey, the group was linked to multiple national and international projects and the touring investment continues to present several shows throughout the country.

After several homes, O Bando is now settled in a Farm in Vale dos Barris, Palmela. There O Bando is waiting for you, always with soup, bread and cheese, Muscatel or a cozy chat next to the fireplace.