© João Galante

Family Romance or The Augmented Reality

By: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Première: 11, 12 & 13 APR / Main Auditory, Culturgest - Fundação CGD (Lisbon, PT / 2019)

“The mechanization of life has caused citizens to develop defense strategies, in such a way that experience is then only conceivable mediated by screens. Until the XXth century audiovisual devices of popular consumption were aimed at the masses, whereas in the new millennium the focus is on each citizen and its idiosyncrasies, giving them their sense of identity back, but always rooted in the transforming power provided by apps that encourage the perpetual proliferation of images of an individual body. This way subjects are projected into media landscapes that connect them and isolate them at the same time, until they are sent into a limbo where every perception of reality is out of sight.” – Fernando J. Ribeiro

Family Romance or augmented reality addresses these symptoms through the use of recent technological devices. What are the psychic effects of extreme individualization? Is the real world at risk of getting lost into the virtual? Together with a group of participants from the local community Ana Borralho & João Galante invite us to explore a future that has already begun.


Concept, Artistic and space directors: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Co-creation, Actors: Ana Freitas, Cláudio da Silva
Co-creation, Rehearsal Assistant and Performer: Alface (Cátia Leitão), Catarina Gonçalves
Co-creation, Technical Assistant and Performer: Tiago Gandra
Rehearsal Assistant and Performer: Daniel Matos
Performers: Group of Participants from the local community
Dramaturgy, Artistic Collaboration: Fernando J. Ribeiro
Stage assistant: Antonia Buresi
Light Design: Eduardo Abdala
Original Soundtrack: Coolgate
Multimedia Developers: ArticaCC

Executive Manager and Administration: Mónica Samões
Production Manager, Tour: Andrea Sozzi
Executive production: Joana Duarte
Production: casaBranca
Co-production: Fundação Caixa Geral de Depósitos – Culturgest,
Le phénix pôle européen de création décentralisé au théâtre de Denain dans le cadre du Campus Amiens-Valenciennes avec le soutien du programme Culture pour tous du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.
Support: Espaço Alkantara, Pólo Cultural Gaivotas, O Rumo do Fumo, Arisco – Instituição para a Promoção Social e da Saúde, Forall Phones