27.07 thursday, 22:00

28.07 friday, 22:00

29.07 saturday, 22:00


While Celebrating
40 years of existence
The National Ballet of Portugal
dances two successful pieces
presented in recent seasons

Rui Lopes Graça / João Penalva

Quinze Bailarinos


Ohad Naharin

Minus 16


For this edition of Festival ao Largo we gathered two works reflecting the dimension and versatility of a great dance company at a time when The National Ballet of Portugal celebrates 40 years of existence. Quinze bailarinos, a choreography by Rui Lopes Graça, is a piece with an absense of narrative though giving us diverse readings while simultaneously exploring the technical skills of the dancers. And Minus 16 by the israelite Ohad Naharin, it is a great reference of contemporary dance, that confirms in this piece its hability to make the audience dance.

Paulo Ribeiro

Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Portugal

Rui Lopes Graça / João Penalva

Quinze Bailarinos

Rui Lopes Graça choreography

João Penalva direction and costumes

David Cunningham sound

Nuno Meira light design

Quinze bailarinos is an open-air version of Quinze bailarinos e tempo incerto (Fifteen dancers and uncertain time), a ballet premiered by CNB at Teatro Camões in September 2016. Quinze bailarinos seeks to stimulate the spectator’s relationship with the presence on stage of fifteen dancers temporarily associated to light and sound however devoided of the underlying guidance of a narrative. In this context it will be the sound space conceived by David Cunningham to induce the spectator to go through the various individual paths no matter how near or distant they might be. Rui Lopes Graça is the choreographer and João Penalva is the set and costume designer.

Rui Lopes Graça / João Penalva

Ohad Naharin

Minus 16

According to Israelian choreographer Ohad Nahrin, Minus 16 “is not a new piece, but rather a reconstruction, since I enjoy using some of my previous works and rework them, reorganize them and create the possibility of seeing them under a different perspective. It is as if I was telling the beginning, the middle or the end of several stories which after being reorganized they result in a piece just as coherent, or even more coherent than the original one.”

Ohad Naharin choreography and costumes

Bambi light design

Erez Zohar assistant to the choreographer

several author's collage music

1. You belong to my heart Perez Prado and his Orchestra (Agustin Lara / R. Gilbert);

2. Adios Mi Chaparrita Perez Prado and his Orchestra (L.F. Esperon / B. Marcus);

3. Hernando’s Hideaway Billy May’s Rico Mambo Orchestra (Richard Adler and Jerry Ross)

4. Solamente Una Vez Perez Prado (Agustin Lara / R. Gilbert);

5. Taboo (Tabu) Perez Prado and his Orchestra (Margarita Lecuona)

6. Isle of Capri Perez Prado and his Orchestra

7. Adios PampaMia Perez Prado (Canaro / Mores / Pelay)

8. It must be true The John Buzon Trio

9. Hava Nagila (traditional music) Dick Dale

10.Echad Mi Yodea (traditional music) arranged and played by Ohad Naharin and the Tractor’s Revenge

11.Nisi Dominus (Psalm 126), R.608 James Bowman (Vivaldi)

12.Somewhere over the rainbow adapted by Marusha (D.J.) (Harold Arlen & E.Y. Hamburg)

13.Hooray For Hollywood (cha cha) Don Swan & His Orchestra (John H. Mercer & Richard E. Whiting)

14.Sway Dean Martin (P.B. Ruiz & N. Gimbel)

15.Stabat Mater James Bowman and the Academy of Ancient Music (Vivaldi)

The National Ballet of Portugal

Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB), the National Ballet Company of Portugal, was established in Lisbon in 1977 and the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos was its home for the first two decades of its existence. CNB is the only state company in Portugal that has a dance season and is the only company with a permanent group of artists that currently ensure regular seasons at the Teatro Camões as well as touring the country (including the Madeira and Azores islands) and abroad. Established through government initiative for public service purposes, the company has two aims that complement each other. One is the legacy of classical ballet, the preservation and presentation of international ballet repertoire, performing classical ballet productions; the other, the permanent update of this art form, presenting modern and contemporary choreography by national and foreign authors, some of which conceived for CNB through its policy towards promoting creativity. The result is an extremely eclectic repertoire which crosses centuries, styles and techniques while keeping a strong Portuguese and European identity mark. Thus, the history of the company includes the first professional productions in Portugal of full-length classical ballets such as La Fille Mal Gardée, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, La Sylphide, La Bayadère, Paquita, Coppelia, Romeo and Juliet, The Firebird or The Rite of Spring, as well as a continued investment in reviewing and re-deciphering these works from the ballet canon, commissioning new pieces by creators who reinterpret them with a contemporary outlook, often in dialogue with the country’s History. CNB performances throughout these 40 years include works by prominent international choreographers such as George Balanchine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Serge Lifar, Kurt Jooss, José Limón, Lar Lubovitch, Michael Corder, Hans van Manen, Robert North, Heinz Spöerli, Nacho Duato, Mauro Bigonzetti, Henri Oguike, Cayetano Soto, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Akram Khan, as well as Portuguese choreographers such as Armando Jorge, Fernando Lima, Carlos Trincheiras, Rui Lopes Graça, Olga Roriz, Vasco Wellenkamp, Paulo Ribeiro, Rui Horta, Clara Andermatt or Fernando Duarte, among others. Aesthetic diversity, nurtured by an intense connection of dance with other artistic expressions — music, film, theatre, poetry, photography –, produces a company acknowledged as being up to date, attentive to its responsibility towards tradition and simultaneously receptive to the influence of young creators, including emerging choreographers, dramaturges and composers. Paulo Ribeiro is the artistic director of the company, succeeding Luísa Taveira (2010-2016 and 1999-2000), Vasco Wellenkamp (2007-2010), Mehmet Balkan (2002-2007), Marc Jonkers (2001-2002), Jorge Salavisa (1996-1999), Isabel Santa Rosa (1994-1996) and Armando Jorge (1978-1993). CNB is based at Rua Vítor Cordon, in Chiado, Lisbon.