The new edition of Festival Internacional de Teatro de Expressão Ibérica (International Festival of Theatre of Iberian Expression) presents a programme with 12 national shows, four international shows, three of them national premieres, and seven world premieres. Grief, dysphoria and pleasure are themes that set the tone for the programme, which continues to have an online format.


From 10 to 22 May, Festival Internacional de Teatro de Expressão Ibérica (FITEI), resumes its face-to-face format, after two editions restricted by the pandemic.


For 12 days, the event takes up 11 performance halls in Porto, Matosinhos, Vila Nova de Gaia and Viana do Castelo, in addition to maintaining an online format, allowing the shows to be seen in many parts of the country (and the world). It thus guarantees the mission of promoting and spreading theatre and performing arts globally.


Four international shows by renowned Iberian-American stage directors stand out in the programme, such as Marta Pazos with the recreation of the classic “Othello” (21 and 22 May, at Teatro Nacional São João); Guilhermo Calderón’s “Dragón”, 14 and 15 May (at Teatro Nacional São João); Marina Otero with the national premiere of “Fuck Me” (17 May, at Rivoli); and Pedro Vilela, with the new show “Figueiredo (from 13 to 15 May at Auditório Municipal de Gaia in Vila Nova de Gaia, and at Teatro Municipal Sá de Miranda in Viana do Castelo).


This year’s programme also includes 12 artists from Portuguese theatre companies, with shows by Miguel Loureiro, Palmilha Dentada, the duo Joana Von Mayer Trindade & Hugo Calhim, Teresa Coutinho, Albano Jerónimo, João Telmo, Nuno M. Cardoso, Miguel Bonneville & Sofia Dinger, Pedro Frias/Assédio, Teatro do Frio, Teresa Arcanjo and also the association Apuro, in collaboration with Argentinean artist Pilar Ruiz.


Through the perspectives of gender, of processes of healing and recovery and of pure hedonism, several shows of theatre, dance, performance and music, artistic residencies, masterclasses, workshops, book launches, and exhibitions will be presented, which promise to challenge viewers with the great Portuguese and Iberian-American contemporary scene. It should also be noted that there are satellite activities “Isto não é uma Escola Fitei” (“This is not a Fitei School”) and “Fitei Aberto (“Open Fitei”), meeting spaces for the festival’s audience, the artists and the audience from other areas.


FITEI thus divides the shows, this year, between Helena Sá e Costa Theatre (ESMAE), São João National Theatre, Carlos Alberto Theatre - TECA, Sala de Bolso, Rivoli . Municipal Theatre, mala voadora, São Bento da Vitória Monastery, Auditório Municipal de Gaia (in Vila Nova de Gaia), Teatro Municipal de Matosinhos Constantino Nery (Matosinhos) and Teatro Municipal Sá de Miranda (in Viana do Castelo).


The full programme is available at


Text: José Reis 

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