Gaiás, Cidade da Cultura
Escenas do cambio 2022

3—5 May 2024
Festival of theatre, dance and art in action
Gaiás, City of Culture

Xunta de Galicia

3—5 Maio 2024

Festival de teatro,
danza e arte
en acción

Xunta de Galicia

Língua Bífida

Pedro Eiras & António Gonçalves

Saturday 4 May 4 p.m.
City of Culture | Gaiás Centre Museum, Floor 0

— Ecce Corpus, então. Mas qual corpo — este ou o outro?
— Este é o outro.

Língua Bífida is the result of a challenge, one that artist António Gonçalves issued to writer Pedro Eiras while he himself was revisiting his work Ecce Corpus, a performance conducted in 1999 which takes on a new form through the installation Body that becomes an image in this edition of Escenas do cambio.

The intention of the book is to analyse the performance as a genre, the use of bodies within it, and the recording of images as a memory of the actions. Structured as a dialogue, the essay revolves around the performance carried out by António Gonçalves as well as the images and core artists he employed at the time, considered iconic today.

In this presentation of Língua Bífida, artist and author also engage in a dialogue that opens up reflection on the importance of performance in the field of artistic creation, on bodies, acts, and memory.

Pedro Eiras

Pedro Eiras is a professor of Portuguese Literature at the University of Porto and a researcher at the Margarida Losa Institute for Comparative Literature, where he coordinates the research line on Intermedialities.

Since 2005, he has published several essay books on Portuguese literature from the 20th and 21st centuries, focused in inter-artistic and ethical questions. In 2021, he published Língua Bífida. Un ensaio sobre Ecce Corpus, performance de António Gonçalves, edited by Documenta. Currently, he is conducting a research on the representation and imagery of the end of the world. He is also the author of poetry, fiction, theatre, and other genres that are more difficult to classify.

Data sheet

Free entry until full capacity

Language: Portuguese