In this 20th edition, Imaginarius – International Street Theater Festival has 338 artists from the United Kingdom, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Poland, France and Spain, who will lead the audience through “mythological worlds” on the streets of Santa Maria da Feira, in the district of Aveiro.
Recovering the theme of 'Myth' - scheduled for the 2020 edition which due to the Covid-19 pandemic did not take place - and adding it to the new theme of 'Brand', this year's edition closes the trilogy started in 2019, dedicated to the theme of 'Memory'.
The streets of Santa Maria da Feira will host theatre, contemporary circus, dance, music, performance and physical theatre shows by 18 artistic companies.
Totally free, but with limited capacity and mandatory registration, the Imaginarius festival features 118 hours of programmatic content, which run from Thursday to Sunday.
On Thursday, the festival kicks off, at 6.30 pm, in the auditorium of the Municipal Library, with the film 'Retrato', by the Portuguese company Lab Indança, based on an interior journey based on questions and the expression of thoughts and emotions. The exhibition repeats itself on Friday at the same time.
At 9 pm, the contemporary circus show 'Variações', by the National Institute of Circus Arts, opens in the tent next to the Moinho house. The show, whose narrative is inspired by Dante's Journey from his 'The Divine Comedy', returns to the stage on Friday (at 10:00 pm) and Saturday (at 11:00 am, 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm).
On Friday, the streets of Urbanização dos Passionistas will, at 18:00, be filled with music with the 'Red Wine Cabaret', by the Spanish company Cidral Brass Band. The performance repeats at 21:00 and at the same times on Saturday. On Sunday, it takes place at 15:30 and 18:30.
At the same time, the Pedreira das Penas park receives the installation 'Nome da Rosa – A burning man honoraria art', by the Portuguese company Artelier Teatro de Rua. The company's sustainable performance debuts at 22:30 at the same location and takes place on Saturday at the same time.
Also at 19:0o, the contemporary circus show 'Rasto', by the Portuguese company Erva Daninha, opens, in Alameda do Tribunal. The show, which is a “break on a long journey”, returns to the stage on Saturday at 18:00 and 21:30.
On the second day, the festival also features the national premiere of the theater 'Oops!', by the Spanish company Teatro Mòbil, at Praça Gaspar Moreira. The show is based on an “anthem to optimism” is repeated on Saturday at 18:00 and 21:30 and on Sunday at 10:30.
On the third day of Imaginarius, Saturday, Casa dos Choupos receives, at 6:30 pm, the musical show 'Sinfonia das Hortas', by the Creative Orchestra. The cycle of songs that “explore the municipality's horticultural spaces” takes place again on Sunday at the same time.
From Thursday to Sunday, Imaginarius also has a Children's segment, hosting shows such as 'Será Sereia?', 'As bailais da Guerreira Rani – a legend from India', 'Eurídice and I' and 'Oficina de Artes Circenses Ulisses '.
During the four days, the festival also receives, in the scope of the segment 'Imaginarius creations', some contemporary artistic creations such as 'Spoils from the Tower of Babel', 'Very Very Funny', 'Urban Pantheon', 'Dendryx – The(d) end 'or' humanity (yx)' and 'Youssef'.
The 20th edition of the Imaginarius festival includes workshops and experiences in its programming to provide the youngest with “other ways to feel reality and stimulate their creativity”.
The organization stated that the festival, which in May favored the digital stage, had, over the four days, more than 87,000 views on the digital stage, from 84 countries and with more than 1,000 visitors in person.