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Anatomy of the Piano

Anatomy of the Piano is a show that aims to deconstruct the instrument that may be considered the most influential in the history of Western music.

Resulting from a remarkable technological evolution and centuries of repertoire, practices and rituals, the piano is an icon for musical instruments. In “Anatomy of the Piano”, more than an instrument, the piano is a place, a being with life, a sculpture, a stage, a house where music lives, boasting stories without words made of sounds, images and body.

Designed as an open structure accommodating multidisciplinary tableaux, “Anatomy of the Piano” is based on the complicity of artists exploring areas of theater, dance, image and visual arts and a solid musical foundation helping bridge different discourses.

Anatomy of the Piano proposes the re-invention of the piano, both musically and theatrically. It seeks to expand the lexicon of timbres and explore different ways of making the instrument sound.

It invites the audience to uncover normally hidden details, to seek points for viewing and listening, to build imaginary worlds where the boundaries of the various arts become blurred.

More than a rupture, it proposes multiple continuities, multiple meanings, a poetic territory where it is possible to travel between soundscapes and visuals that are usually compartmentalized. The piano emerges as the great protagonist of a total work of art.

Anatomy of the Piano is a performance aimed at families, but it is not a predictable or predetermined show.

It has a solid foundation that can then evolve or even change substantially depending on the “ingredients” that make up each production. It may take on a myriad of forms in our journey to discover the core of the instrument and get closer to the soul of music.

Concept & Production Companhia de Música Teatral/ Artistic Design Paulo Maria Rodrigues, Pedro Ramos e Ana Guedes/ Cast Paulo Maria Rodrigues and Pedro Ramos/ Co-production Casa das Artes

The Anatomy of the Piano is the best way to see the interior of the instrument that has accompanied mankind for centuries. After this show, you will be certain that piano is a keyboard string instrument, played by fingers hammers and always surrounded by dancers and horses (real or imaginary). To this mixture add the characteristic humor and composition of Companhia de Música Teatral, trust me it’s just phenomenal.

Simão Graça Leal, 13 anos

... the “anatomy of the piano” work by Companhia Música Teatral makes a very individual statement: creative, daring and with an exciting outcome. It is a veritable reminder that bringing different arts together produces something new.

Castro Guedes, diretor artístico do Dogma 12

... here we can see the happiness that we experience in small pleasures throughout the day being thoroughly invigorated, with harmonics bubbling impatiently inside the case of the piano that absorbs our attention and resounds off us. … We fly over time and space. And all of a sudden we are all children.

Luís Zagalo, programador

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Casa das Artes / V. N. de Famalicão

DeCA / University of Aveiro

DeCA / University of Aveiro

Teatro Sá de Miranda /
Viana do Castelo

Casa das Artes / V. N. de Famalicão

DeCA / University of Aveiro

DeCA / University of Aveiro

Casa das Artes / V. N. de Famalicão

DeCA / University of Aveiro

Photography by António Teixeira and University of Aveiro

TIMELINE

  • PREMIÉRE: 04/12/12, TEATRO SÁ DE MIRANDA,
    VIANA DO CASTELO
    AUDITÓRIO DE S. MATEUS,
    ELVAS
    CASA DAS ARTES,
    V.N. FAMALICÃO
    TEATRO PAX JULIA,
    BEJA
    FESTIVAIS DE OUTONO,
    DECA-UA, AVEIRO
    NEXT LIBERTY,
    GRAZ, AUSTRIA
  • CASA DA MÚSICA,
    PORTO
    FESTIVAL BIG BANG,
    CENTRO CULTURAL DE BELÉM
    CINETEATRO CURVO SEMEDO,
    MONTEMOR-O-NOVO
    TEATRO MUNICIPAL DA GUARDA,
    GUARDA
  • PREMIÉRE: 04/12/12, TEATRO SÁ DE MIRANDA,
    VIANA DO CASTELO
    AUDITÓRIO DE S. MATEUS,
    ELVAS
    CASA DAS ARTES,
    V.N. FAMALICÃO
    TEATRO PAX JULIA,
    BEJA
    FESTIVAIS DE OUTONO,
    DECA-UA, AVEIRO

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