In a note of regret in which he sends his condolences to the family and friends of the actress, Graça Fonseca says that Fernanda Gonçalves' journey is intertwined with the history of Teatro Experimental do Porto, “but also with the history of theatre in Porto and, even , with the history of the theatre itself ”.
“The history of Teatro Experimental do Porto, its founders and those who continued it, is a story of examples and resistance”, says Graça Fonseca, adding that Fernanda Gomes “is one of those names”, whose professional path “is written” on the stages of this theatre and “in the plays staged by this historical company, forming many of the aesthetics and discourses that, during the times of the dictatorship, made Portuguese theatere closer to the great history of world theatre”.
In the note of regret, Graça Fonseca points out that Fernanda Gonçalves was a reference for generations of actors who passed through TEP and for audiences.
Referring to Fernanda Gonçalves as a “dedicated actress and trainer”, the minister stresses that this leaves in the memory of all those with whom she worked “the example of dedication to a cause that we should all be proud of: that, through the characters she played, she could tell stories and make them believe ”.
The actress died this Thursday, in Porto, the actor and director Júlio Gago, a friend of the family and former director of the company, told Lusa, recalling that Fernanda Gonçalves was part of the TEP team since the beginning, since the first show, of " Gota de Mel ", by Leon Chancerel, taken to the scene on 18 June, 1953.
The database of the Center for Theater Studies, of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, attributes to the actress the participation in 80 plays on stage, from "Macbeth" to "Os Fantasmas", all in TEP, which she still joins " The time when we knew nothing about each other ", by Peter Handke, put on stage by José Wallenstein, at the Teatro Nacional São João, in 2001.