The Private Collection of Acácio Nobre

In the basement of Patricia Portela’s grandparents a box was found with fragments of texts and models of objects devised by Acácio Nobre, a portuguese reference from the early XX century, but now forgotten, but now forgotten, a man with a political, scientific and artistic discreet but eloquent career, and very innovative for its time.. Portuguese Lumière, an early Steve Jobs, a toy inventor, a science-fiction writer, a bio-engineer without peer in History, and a lover/staunch supporter of artists and art, Acácio Nobre was a toy maker that believed that teaching drawing to everyone would set up the basis for the revolution of the avant-garde and modernism in the 20th century.
In short: A Portuguese Leonardo da Vinci that a dictatorship silenced and eliminated from the records of Portuguese History.

Patricia Portela brings together the texts and models found in the forgotten chest, follows the clues to new and valuable documents lost in personal files and houses of friends. She rebuilds some of the works, political ideas and ambitious scientific and artistic projects of Acácio Nobre with the ultimate aim of reviving the work of one man, anonymous, like many others, and to question the collective memory of a country that if it had decided to give this man the immortality that he deserved, or had followed some of his principles, would have been a different country.

A vintage typewriter and a wireless keyboard perform a concert, and a silent film, and develop a partnership and dialogue about Acácio Nobre’s archive, recreating the environment that surrounds an author as he thinks and writes.

The Private Collection of Acácio Nobre
By Patrícia Portela

A co-production by Prado/ EGEAC-Maria Matos Teatro Municipal
September 2010
With the support of
Gulbenkian Foundation and La Porta
Sponsored by
Jata - pequenos electrodomésticos | São Luiz | Teatro Praga | Algifa | A vida Portuguesa | CNC | Toy Museum of Sintra
Associated Partner: ZDB

Prado is a structure financed by Dgartes/Ministry of Culture

Text and images Patrícia Portela
Typewriter and sound installation Christoph de Boeck
Special effects and image post-production Irmã Lúcia efeitos especiais
Interpreters André e. Teodósio and Patrícia Portela
Light design Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
Acácio Nobre’s jewel Alda Salavisa
Acácio Nobre’s tables João Gonçalves
Table and benches manufacturer Lionel&Bicho
Dressmaker D. Maria Luisa
Text editing Isabel Garcez
video&trailer Rui Ribeiro | Les Filmes de Merdre

Production management and executive production Helena Serra and Pedro Pires

running time 90’

This performance touring is supported by the Portuguese Embassy in Belgium/ Camões Institute

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