Maria João with André Gago and Ogre Electric

Other Worlds

Venue: Monastery of Alcobaça - Cloister of D. Dinis

Songs for Shakespeare



Songs for Shakespeare consists of original musical and performance material where the starting point are Shakespeare's words taken from several sources and with no apparent connection between them. By gluing these pieces together in a patchwork, a new narrative is created that rips the Shakespearean universe from end to end.
Imagined by Maria João and João Farinha, partners for more than 10 years in the jazz/electronic project OGRE, the idea arises to increase this basic formation of electric pianos, synthesizers, electronics and drums to include a chamber ensemble that through the hands of the orchestrator Sara Ross will give a palette of colours not possible until now, thus vitalizing this Shakespearean universe with a modern twist.
This show is an experience accessible to all audiences, neither requiring previous knowledge of the most famous playwright nor being excessively intellectual, as his plays, for example, were not. It can in that sense be an introduction to his wonderful legacy possibly sparking curiosity for the author.
The show will be narrated by the actor André Gago and will not fail to count on the acting skills of Maria João: our Romeo and Juliet.

Look in Thy Glass

The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet

Love Looks not with the Eyes



The Man That Hath No Music in Himself

Sigh No More, Ladies

The Tempest

William Shakespeare, texts
João Farinha, composition
Sara Ross, orchestration

Maria João, voice
André Gago, actor
João Farinha, electric pianos/synthesizers
André Nascimento, electronics
Silvan Strauss, drums

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BPI/"La Caixa" Foundation and Égide – Associação Portuguesa das Artes are Patrons of the 31st edition of the Alcobaça Music Festival