Qué crítica necesitamos? What criticism do we need? This question may be asked by professional artists, and also by presenters, journalists, audiences and amateur artists, but may only be properly answered by those who see the critic’s skin and feel in the skin the consequences of what they wrote. A critical exercise subordinated to what others need is never necessary. What really is necessary is a critique that is theatrical in the strict sense: a visible act of transformation.
Jorge Louraço (Nazaré-Portugal, 1973) wrote O Espantalho Teso and Xmas qd Kiseres, among other pieces. Graduated in International Relations and Social Anthropology, he attended the Oficina de Escrita Teatral de A. Mercado in Dramat; The United Artists Traverse Theatre Seminar; an international residence at the Royal Court Theatre; and the Seminário de Escrita Teatral de J. S. Sinisterra at the TN Dona Maria II. He teaches at the ESAP, the ESMAE and Balleteatro, has taught at the ACE, and is a theatrical critic for the newspaper Público. He wrote also Verás que tudo é verdade, on Folias, a theatre group in São Paulo, Brazil.