Make Trouble travels from Portugal to Iran searching for identity in stage art

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The Make Trouble cycle is back at Campo Alegre. On the 15th and 16th, Raquel André and the national première of Nastaran Razawi Khorasani & Theater Rotterdam make up the programme. How can we dance if we can't dance where we belong? Where, to what or to whom do we belong?

'Belonging / E di / Pertenencia / Zugehörigkeit / Pertença' is Raquel André's latest work and it is now premièring at Campo Alegre. This is a journey through possible encounters with a sense of belonging. This show is based on the artist's interest in meeting people and getting to know their personal and life stories already shown in previous works.

This is a cinema show with live music, 'where the attempts to capture a sense of belonging are poetic ways of telling someone's personal story', the creator says.

It will be presented on Friday 15th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 16th at 9 p.m. at the Campo Alegre Café Theatre. The two screenings have interpretation in Portuguese Sign Language, audio description in Portuguese and descriptive subtitling for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

On the same days, but on the Auditorium stage, 'This is not a dance', by Iranian choreographer Nastaran Razawi Khorasani with the Rotterdam Theatre, will be presented for the first time in Portugal.

In Iran, dancing has been officially banned since the beginning of the Islamic Revolution. All the dance companies were forced to cease their activities. This is a show that approaches censorship: what can be shown, what should remain hidden? The choreographer, who now lives in Europe, brings the voices of choreographers and dancers living in Iran to the stage.

Tickets for each show can be purchased at the box offices of Teatro Rivoli, Teatro Campo Alegre and at

See the entire programme and more information at